The guys in Sugar Red Drive have spent years playing the payin’ the dues blues, and it’s finally starting to reward them. The quartet, based in Poughkeepsie, New York, a small suburb just outside of New York City, has put its share of miles on the road weary van, like so many other hungry young bands. The group’s self-released debut turned a lot of heads, leading to a deal with Sugar Bear Records, and the group’s newly released album, A Story of Signs.
The band is comprised of three local talents, guitarist Jim Knauss, drummer PJ Gasperini and bassist David Alexander. The trio tapped Venezuelan vocalist Archit Tripathi to give them voice. Tripathi came to New York to attend Vassar college, and he never left. Good news for music fans.
A Story of Signs is a collection of revamped tracks from the group’s self-released records, along with a lot of new songs, including one penned by Brain Howe (Halestorm, Hinder, Rev Theory, Puddle of Mudd). Howe wrote and produced the band’s first single “No Apologies”. The remainder of the album was pennded by the band and produced by Skidd Mills (Egypt Central, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Saliva, 12 Stones). Guys like Howe and Mills don’t sign on to write or produce unless they believe in you. Their combined presence is telling.
Tripathi says that through all the trials and tribulations to get where Sugar Red Drive is today the band kept getting little positive signs in the wake of their worst moments. It drove the band to continue on.
This week the band will hit the road with Puddle of Mudd on a cross-country tour. Check dates here. Before they hit the highway it seemed prudent to get a few questions answered. Archit and I spoke about the stories behind the band’s name, the album’s name, the band’s support of the troops, his influences, his best Venezuelan dish, and much more.
Catch the interview, buy the CD, and see them on tour starting November 19th!