It’s been 3 years since Sumo Cyco released their debut Lost in Cyco City & the break has served them well. Opus Mar (due for release 31st March) keeps their formula of punk crossed with funk & rap, yet adding more anthemic tracks with proper catchy choruses. For instance, the track Sleep Tight is not only a crowd pleaser live already, but the studio version is just as catchy. After 1 listen, if you’re not humming the chorus whilst doing housework or in the shower, I’ll be very surprised.
The opening track & lead single Anti-Anthem sets the album up perfectly for what to expect from this band.
The songwriting, as well as the the musicianship has been stepped up several notches. Crunchy riffage, mind melting bass & drums & Skye’s vocal delivery is just outstanding. This is an album that you can tell that the band had fun making. To get a guest artist such as Benji Webbe of Skindred to make an appearance, as well as co-write the track Move Mountains, is one hell of an endorsement.
It’s really difficult to pick out a track that stands more than the other. They’re all sublime. James ‘Lerock’ Loughrey has done an amazing job on the mix. Everything is placed perfectly. It would’ve been so easy to make this album incredibly bass heavy but Opus Mar is anything but.
This is not just an album. This is an experience. It’s akin to having your nether regions tickled.
A worthy purchase & I recommend seeing this band live.
2. Free Yourself
3. Move Mountains ft. Benji Webbe
5. Brave II
6. Sleep Tight
8. Kids of Calamity
9. Won’t Put Me Out
11. The Broadcasters (Murdering by Radio)
13. Building Castles
The album art is put together by the one and only Francesca Ludikar.
Sumo Cyco Tour Dates
Mar 17 The Live Rooms Chester, United Kingdom
Mar 18 Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom
Mar 19 O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 21 Fruit Hull, United Kingdom
Mar 22 The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom
Mar 23 Rock City Basement Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 24 Craufurd Arms Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Mar 25 Talking Heads Southampton, United Kingdom
Mar 26 The Anvil Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Mar 29 De Helling Utrecht, Netherlands
Mar 30 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany
Mar 31 Ninkasi Kao Lyon, France
Apr 01 Z-7 Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 02 Honky Tonky Seregno, Italy
Apr 04 Kindergarten Bologna, Italy
Apr 05 Szene Wien Vienna, Austria
Apr 06 Backstageclub Munich, Germany
Apr 07 Eventhall Obertraubling, Germany
Apr 08 Turock Essen, Germany
Apr 09 Volt Sittard, Netherlands