Sugarmoon – Try A Little [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Vintage folk-pop

Tell us a few things about your new song “Try A Little”. What is the story behind it?

Ryan McMurtry: “Try A Little is kind of about when you want someone to just let go a little bit, and enjoy life more. We love that raucous jazzy sound you hear in old acts like Dr John or The Mamas & Papas, really groovy but with a bit of menace behind it. So I guess we had that in mind when we worked on the arrangement.”

What is the story behind your name?

Sophie Jones: “We like to say it’s because we’re sweet and we come out at night! Also, a Sugarmoon is the supermoon that hails the arrival of spring and refers to the sweet sap that seeps out of maple trees. We chose it after a long night at the pub, so perhaps we were all thinking about waffles.”

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

RM: “We absolutely prefer performing our music live! That’s what we’re all about really, playing live shows and connecting with audiences. The recording / releasing side of it has been keeping us going during the pandemic, but we are excited about playing lots of gigs in 202”

What would you change in the music industry?

RM: “I’d stop people being able to make noise complaints when they move next to music venues. When the venue ends up having to close, up-and-coming bands suffer as they’ve lost yet another place to grow and learn their craft.”

SJ: “It’s crazy to me that even today there’s still so much gender inequality in the music industry, with most big festivals (and a lot of small ones) still booking far more male acts than female. I know there are plenty of reasons for this that go beyond the music industry, but it just seems weirdly archaic for 2021!”

If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?

RM: “I’d go for something like Sunset Boulevard – there’s so many great elements to work with as it’s partly noir, also a comedy, the fading glamour and the tragic price of fame. Those are the ingredients of some gritty, bittersweet songs!”

SJ: “I’d remake the Godfather as a musical, but also make it about vampires. It’d be called The Bloodfather and it would have such bangers as ‘Gonna Make Him An Offer (He Can’t Refuse)’ and ‘Horse Head In My Bed’. That wasn’t really the question, was it?”

What is the most useless talent you have?

SJ: “I can open a beer bottle with pretty much anything. Lighters, forks, a guitar – as long as it has a solid bit, I can probably open a beer with it. Although I guess that proves to be useful quite often!”

Thank you!

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