Sugar Glyder - Poor Baby Zebra
Record Label: Unsigned
Release date: July 3, 2009
In an era of ostentatious youngsters creating music that can only be described as mediocre, it is always refreshing to discover a group that knows a thing or two about music. Sugar Glyder definitely knew what they were doing when they picked up those instruments and started their journey in the music industry. This unsigned experimental indie band from North Carolina does not fail to impress with their second full-length effort, Poor Baby Zebra. One may be inclined to think that this name must come from a whole bunch of dudes decked out in neon, but if you are kind enough to lend your ears to these musicians and give them a chance you may just be pleasantly surprised.
First Track “Sleepless We Seem” introduces itself with a steady strumming of the electric guitar and a couple of “Oh’s” in the distant back round, and soon enough the vocals kick in and the rhythm quickens. The instrumental part of the song is well done, but overall not the most impressive track on the album. After a few spins though, it starts to grow on you.
The third tune “Blackbeard has feelings too” delivers with a calming melody to start it off, and a delicate drum line to pick things up. Front man Daniel Howie passionately sings and showcases talented vocals that are accompanied by meaningful lyrics making the song truly lovable. The track is unique, and the instrumental portion is dexterous and satisfying.
Yet another stand-out on this album is “Poor baby zebra”. Once again that electric guitar is what commences the song but this time guitarist Chris Rigo really nails it with an intricate riff that will soon be complemented by and upbeat drum line. This is one of those beats that will tempt you to clap your hands and shake your hips every time. Howie once again sings at full potential, and this time he sings more aggressively, and some wails and screams are thrown in truly enhancing this ballad. It is extremely evident through this track alone that Sugar Glyder does their own thing in all the right ways.
Latter tracks, “In This Rising Light” and “Of Boston Mass” aren’t lengthy and offer a change of pace with a slower more heartfelt feel. “In The Rising light” begins with the affectionate lyrics (wait/don’t go/goodbyes with eyes don’t look like they used to) and soon starts to fade becoming less memorable. The song is a minute and eighteen seconds short. Following it “Of Boston Mass” clocks in at about two minutes. Although both tracks are admirable they do feel unfinished.
Sugar Glyder completes the Album nicely with “Sans Matador”, and “Spoils Of War (The OK Song)”. “Sans Matador” is enjoyable but the real winner here is “Spoils Of War (The OK Song)”. This is by far the most experimental track on Poor Baby Zebra and is by far the best listen as well. All the instruments collaborate together to form the sweetest melody heard on the entire album. The chorus “As long as you’re okay/I’m okay/ you’re okay is extremely charming and amiable. The song ends off with every member in the band singing the chorus joyfully in unison leaving a happy impression.
Sugar Glyder’s Poor Baby Zebra is undoubtedly able to appease its listeners. This band is on the right path in their musical career, and they are definitely worth a few spins. Something tells me Sugar Glyder has a bright future ahead of them, because they definitely know a thing or two about music.