Montreal's First You Get the Sugar are an FM radio rock band, which means more today than anyone could have imagined 10 years ago. As listening becomes more and more the realm of laptops and headphones, First You Get the Sugar are writing songs for blasting at parties, driving with the windows down, and doing shots in bars. It's music for sharing, but in the way that you share a pitcher of beer, not a Facebook status.
Foreign Lands is their third EP, and it brings a major leap forward in their sound. Its five songs feature nuanced, catchy melodies that are underlined by the band's good ear for when to throw in a guitar solo. The lyrical themes range from political to downright fun, always aiming for big, relatable stories and experiences. It's the kind of stuff that could get fluffy in lesser hands, but these guys know what they're doing.
The fully independent EP comes out on October 28, but you can stream it now on Exclaim.ca down below, where you'll also find the video for the release's title track.
Look for First You Get the Sugar in New York for CMJ on October 23 and in Montreal for the official EP release party at La Vitrola on November 1.