If you were to place a bet as to what local band will be the next to follow the likes of Bad Veins, Pomegranates and Daniel Martin Moore into the ranks of “nationally acclaimed” Cincinnati area artists, putting your money on Electro/Indie foursome Eat Sugar is a pretty safe wager. One listen to the band’s excellent new EP, It’s Not Our Responsibility!, and you couldn’t be blamed for betting your life savings.
Eat Sugar’s self-titled debut EP was a strong introduction, garnering the band attention from the international press. But, at just four-songs long, it provided only a glimpse of what the band is capable of. There’s still a strong New Wave vibe to It’s Not Our Responsibility!, with buzzing vintage synth sounds and dancable, jerking rhythms. But the band’s growth as composers is blaringly evident, resulting in a sound somewhere between LCD Soundsystem and The Faint. The Pop element is just as strong (if not stronger) on the new EP — singer Aidan Bogosian delivers hook after hook with one of the best voices on the local scene. Those suave, soulful vocals plus Bogosian’s model-ready good looks and commanding stage presence make him a genuine Rock Star in the making.
Producer John Schmersal, the guitarist for late Dayton band Brainiac and currently leader of Brooklyn’s Enon, is the perfect match for Eat Sugar. His work on It’s Not Our Responsibility! brings out the more subtle Electro experimental quirks in the mix (there’s even some Art Rock horns here and there), which makes the songs even more interesting. But it’s Eat Sugar’s bulging beats, electronic creativity and knack for quirky Pop song construction that makes the EP such a magical listening experience.
Eat Sugar plays a free CD release show this Friday at the Northside Tavern with special guests The Sleeps and Okay Lindon. See ’em now so you can say you saw them when.
Eat Sugar's MySpace site is currently streaming the EP — head here for a listen.