100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 83: Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.

Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers.

About the band: 

Today’s featured band is one we’ve seen live a whole bunch of times and are personal favorites around these parts. We’ve reviewed both of the releases from the band and here’s a bit of what we said about the last one:

A little over two years ago we reviewed a debut album titled Masterwish by Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers. We marveled at the way the band was helping to smash the misconceived notion that the northwest sound is supposed to be heavy and, well, grungy. That bright sounding release attracted a fair amount of attention, not because Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready played on it, in fact that is hardly ever mentioned. Instead, it attracted attention because the music was good enough to stand on its own merits. Additionally, we liked it so much that it made it into second place in our 2015 Editor’s Top Ten Albums of the year and trust me, it could have went either way.

Enter album number two. All the Way, released August 11 on Rock Candy Mountain Records and although it is indeed its own animal, it doesn’t veer too terribly far from the brilliant sonic course that was set by Masterwish. While that direction was the right choice, let’s address the elephant in the room right now. The debut was a northwest masterpiece, so the new album has a mighty big sleeve to fill, as do all sophomore albums that follow a great release. Like Masterwish, the new album has more hooks than the fishing aisle at a Cabelas, killer harmonies and great musicianship once again. After a whole bunch of spins, I consider it to be on the same level as Masterwish and that is quite an accomplishment.

Have a listen to All The Way HERE and you’ll likely understand why we like this band so much. Oh yeah, they also have new music ready to drop soon, in fact if you check out their website and sign up for their mailing list you’ll get first crack at listening to some of the new music.


Catch them live:

Danny and the band will be playing Jazzbones in Tacoma on December 14 with Big Wheel Stunt Show and Lund Bros. Info about the show is available HERE.


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To view all of the wonderful northwest artists we have featured this year, click HERE.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.