Sugar Merchant has one of the great voices in Manchester. Respected by those in the know he is name dropped by Ian Brown and talked about in superlatives by the right people. His last band Audioweb nearly made it before burning out. It was felt that he may never return but as proof that there is a god up there he is back with a new band, Supajamma
Photos by Bunglepics.
SupaJamma who are you and what are you about?
We’re a band of Mancunians, Martin Merchant (Sugar) fronted Audioweb and before that The Sugar Merchants, he was also a vocalist with the legendary Saxon Sound System. Steve Wilson is known for Smile Like Fools, Bong, Plastic Gun Alliance & Wilson. The rest of the members, Lord Bevs, Dan Adams, Simon Collier, have been around Manchester music for years. All good ”Ënearly’ stuff but you know how music is but as we state with the title of the new release ”ËThat Was Then, This is Now’.
What’s the Style?
The band has expanded on the vibe Sugar created with Audioweb, we’re mixing the styles of music we’ve loved over the years, rock, punk, indie, breakbeats, soul, ragga. It generally confuses everyone when you try and sell it like that. Check the Audioweb press history for proof. So we call it Rock ”Ën’ Soul and now there’s a nice tidy box where it can be easily categorised.
Our view is the only way to create something fresh and break some of the long standing conventions is to mix up the styles. The live shows are proving without a doubt that what we are doing is on the money. SupaJamma are a very Mancunian band in every sense of the word, tough, original and tuneful with a groove.
What’s planned for the future?
As a follow up to the first singles ”ËMadaboutit’ and ”ËIt’s Alright’ we have a 6 track mini album entitled ”ËThat Was Then, This is Now’ which was released September 5. It’s been picking up some great reviews. We played in London at the weekend & ripped it up big style and we have more live shows in September so we’re looking forward to getting out there setting fire to some more stages.
SupaJamma – Live Dates”Â¨
”Â¨17 – First Chop Ramsbottom – Sugar Merchant DJ set”Â¨
23 – Wangies – Salford – Live show for Salford Festival”Â¨
24 – Fibbers – York – Live show with Dreadzone
”Â¨25 – The Willows – Salford – Salford festival main stage event”Â¨
29 – Academy – Manchester – Live show with Dreadzone.
There will be another single coming in November ”ËWhen I Was Young’ which will be available as a limited 7 inch vinyl as well as the usual download. ”ËThat Was Then, This is Now’ is our statement of intent, the full length album in the New Year will be the bomb.