Interview The Sugars

Jodie and I drink a bit of tea and coffee, but most of our sugar consumption comes from sweets. Jelly Tots, Maynards, you name it.’


, Anna and Jodie make up Leeds-centric retro three-piece The Sugars. They’ve got fruity looks and catchy tunes to boot, so with a new single set for release and a debut album to prepare, DIY caught up with Matt and Anna to ask them some questions. Like an interview.

Err, where’s Jodie?
Jodie has sadly hurt her wrist so she’s resting up. Instead of her we’ve got Screech from The Long Blondes to play. We needed a drummer to play these gigs with Seasick Steve as they’re pretty important. He only needed ten hours of practice. He’s great!

You’re about to release your third single, ‘The Way To My Heart’, on Bad Sneakers. It’s very good. Can you tell us any more?
It’s due out on the 19th November. We recorded it with Paul Butler, who produced The Bees. He really knows where everything is in his studio so everything was really efficient and friendly. We got a nice warm sound out of it, but it’s got more of a disco buzz than our last two singles.

Your look is very defined, as is your sound. How did that come about?
We didn’t really set out to be stylised. We always used to dress up, but in the past it was more uniformed. Maybe it was a bit like The Pipettes. We like old clothes, like vintage dresses but if you go on stage, it’s a performance. And if you’re giving a performance, you’ve got to make an effort haven’t you?

DIY always makes an effort. Apparently you’ve got an album scheduled for Spring 2008. What gives?
We’re aiming for April 2008. We were due to go into the studio at the start of December but then Jodie hurt her wrist. So we’ve moved it back a few weeks for her to recover. We’ve got all the songs down and ready for it, and the studio is literally down the road from us in Leeds. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

And will all your utterly fab singles be on that album?
Yes they will, although we’ve been playing with bass recently. We used to use two guitars but after two-and-a-half years we thought that the bass would give our songs like a disco edge, so the singles will sound a bit different, more dancey. We’re really proud of our garage blues compositions but they’re not great for people to dance to. On the album there’ll be a mixture of that and the more dancey stuff.

Being the Sugars, do you have a good relationship with sugar? Like in tea and coffee and such?
I (Matt) don’t drink hot drinks, but I do love my fruit gums. We all love sweets. Jodie and I drink a bit of tea and coffee, but most of our sugar consumption comes from sweets. Jelly Tots, Maynards, you name it.

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