Live Review | Sugar Army with Buick Six @ The Troubadour, Brisbane 4 September 2009

Sugar Army supported by Buick Six @ The Troubadour 04.09.09
By José Eduardo Cruz

sa2smallBuick Six are relatively new within the industry, but do not be fooled by the anonymity. They are a three piece local Brisbane band that has a fresh sound, or at the very minimum, is doing what other bands are doing within the genre, but just that much better to gain rapid notoriety. Three piece bands will always have the difficult task of producing a full sound, which is why many three piece bands turn into a four piece. That being said, Buick Six have an incredible full sound for a three piece which carries them throughout their whole set. The strength in their sound lies in the ability to create shades of colour in their music. The bass player grooved, the drummer walked off covered in sweat and the guitarist challenged a punter to jump on stage mid set after being asked to play Daddy Cool. Every member had the confidence needed to survive in this game, but remained humble enough to greet punters that thanked them throughout the night. These guys are very young and deserve much greater recognition which should come if they continue to perform such energetic shows filled with genuine artistic flair.

After their last outing supporting Karnivool, when they received mixed reviews, Sugar Army has put in some good work to grow their fan base and musicianship. The scheduling of this tour is perfect for it allows them to cultivate what they sowed during the Karnivool tour. The show starts with lots of emotion from front man Patrick McLaughlin, which at times can seem rather rehearsed, but nonetheless much appreciated by the audience in attendance. At this precise moment in their career the venue tonight is perfect as it allows them to engage the audience, control the energy of the venue and showcase an excellent set. After the introduction, Sugar Army begins to play their more upbeat songs and the audience immediately begins to dance. As they launch into their second song the atmosphere changes and picks up a more vibrant emotion. Sugar Army has improved so much since their last outing in Brisbane. They have more stage presence, more confidence, and better delivery, which is aided by the fact that they are playing to a room full of their own fans.

As the shows progresses, the general happy vibe maintains and the punters receive each song with much appreciation. Sugar Army are on their way up, whether they are here for the long run is something that most would like to know. In the meantime their current material should see them safely release a second album and further carve their place into the Australian music industry.

By José Eduardo Cruz