Latest Sugarpills News
Christmas Goes Bi-Coastal!
Posted: September 18, 2014
Hello friends! Man, we haven't updated in a hot minute, what have we been doing that was so important? Well, Kevin and Angelica upped and moved out West, for starters, and Alexis' day job gets hot and heavy in the summer months. We are sorry but we still love you! We also still love making music, and will continue to do so. Despite being in different time zones, and thanks largely to the magic of technology and also flight.
Which leads us to announcing the next quest for the CHRISTMAS COLLECTIVE!
That's right, you crazy candy-cane kids: we are planning the next album. More colored lights, more Christmas classics, more guest artists, and more Spirits than before! So of course more than ever, we want you to be a part of it. Follow us on Facebook for the chance to participate in our November poll to pick a Fan Favorite for the 'Pills to play!
Just who is confirmed (so far) to be on Santa's Nice List for the next Sugarpills outing?
- Emma "Chestnuts Roasting" Chong
- Will "Evergreens" Esty
- Alexis "Last Christmas" Leon
- Angelica "Ocho Kandelikas" O'Boyle
- Kevin "Kringle" O'Boyle
- Tony “Tinsletown" Sprayberry
While chatting with Santa to confirm the list, he also decided that because you all have been such good lads and lasses, we are adding more MERCHANDISE to the mix! One of his elves (the lovely Jul McCormick-Anesh) has already created vinyl stickers for us, which have been added to our merch page. Get 'em right off the press! We will also be adding t-shirts, so start saving your pennies now for some Christmas goose coming soon.
There's more to come, so be sure to stay in touch via Facebook: where the wassail and wishes are always warm, and the news is nice and hot!
<3 The Sugarpills
Holy sleigh-bells, we're radio stars!
Posted: December 7, 2013
Check us out on "The Get Off My Lawn Adults Only Christmas" show, airing for folks in Utica, NY on Dec. 8th and 22nd at 8pm and Dec 9th and 23rd at 11 pm on WPNR-fm 90.7 in Utica, NY. For everyone else in the world, you can listen RIGHT NOW! Just use this link and share the love! Much thanks to Old Man Freakboy and Reverend Jim for reaching out and having us on the show!
The first day of December my true love (The Sugarpills) gave to me....
A BRAND SPANKIN' NEW EP!
Posted: December 1, 2013
That's right, Santa 'Pill knows you've all been exceptionally good boys and girls and is here to present to you our Stocking Stuffer Sampler, available today. With three new Christmas covers and a bigger, badder, better version of our classic fan favorite, "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You," this tasty treat is sure to please, and is our gift to you. Visit our Music Page to grab your copy in any of a multitude of formats. As ever, all our music is free, so be sure to share the love with all your family and friends!
Wishing you the spirits of the season (both the boozy and the heartfelt kinds), <3 The Sugarpills
Happy November Christmas!
Posted: November 25, 2013
With less than a week to go until the EP drops, we wanted to make sure y'all are ahead of the game with some tasty pre-Thanksgivukkah tidbits. Your menu includes the following:
Appetizer: You know how much we love our friends at Touchstone Theatre? They love us, too, and they decided to use two instrumentals from our albums in the current production of Christmas City Follies XIV. The show opens December 5, so if you live near the Christmas City, why not share the joy of the season? Buy tickets online!
Salad: One of the songs Touchstone is using this year? TOTALLY an advance track from the forthcoming EP!
Main Course: The new EP drops next Sunday, December 1! It will be available to download right here on our website, and will be on Grooveshark, Bandcamp AND Noisetrade that same day. Get it while it's HOT!
Dessert: HERE IS A PUPPY!
Chunk is one of two Production Pets that assisted in the making of this album. You can see all the backstage hijinks in our Facebook album "Production 2013"
Set your calendar reminder, hook up the sleigh, and we'll see you back here next Sunday!
We're halfway to the finishline again...
Posted: July 25, 2013
Fifteen elves on a dead man's chest, HO HO HO, and a bottle of eggnog! Ahoy, friends, family and fans! We've got great news for your July Christmas: after having announced our forthcoming EP, we now have a TRACKLIST finalized for you! Sleighbell roll please....
- Chiron Beta Prime
- Let It Snow
- Silent Night
- Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You (BIGGER! BETTER! MORE AWESOME!)
Kevin's already hard at work laying down tracks, and we will all be hitting the studio the first weekend in August for some vocal tracks.
WE WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS ALBUM!
And we mean that literally: we're going to re-record our fan favorite "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You," and we are looking to amp up our game and our gang. Gang vocals, that is.
If you would like to come pretend to drunkenly yell in a group of people who feel the same, and are free during the afternoon on Sunday, August 4th, let us know so we can hit you up with the definite time for that date. We will be at Touchstone Theatre in our favorite Christmas City: Bethlehem, PA, so come on out and play with us.
It behooves us to mention that Musikfest is also in Bethlehem that weekend, so if you would like to see people make music, and stop merely pretending to be drunk, you have the option of also hitting one of the country's largest festivals.
Either way, we hope to hear from you soon!
Peace, love, and liquored punch, The Sugarpills
Posted: December 1, 2012
Which of the following statements regarding our sophomore album is true?
a) It contains 16-ish tracks
b) It features more than a dozen guest artists
c) It showcases our first original song
d) It is available online today
Like what you hear? We're performing live to celebrate our sophomore album release! We'll be hosting a CD Release party Saturday, December 8 in Bethlehem, the Christmas City. We'll be playing songs from both albums and featuring some of your favorite guest artists. A $3.00 cover gets you in the door and includes light fare, adult beverages, and a hard copy of the album. Visit our Events Tab to the left for details, or check out our Facebook event and RSVP.
We are practicing our scales, shining our sleighbells, and making merry, and we can't wait to share all this at our live show next week! We've got Spirits, yes we do, we've got Spirits, and now you can, too!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town...
Posted: October 30, 2012
And he's bringing you our sophomore album! In just a few weeks, the digital version of "Christmas Spirits" drops December 1 here on our website for your downloadable pleasure. The hard copy edition will be available at our release party December 8. This is the ONLY place to get a hard copy (outside of the band members) and will include our brand-new, original title song, which will only be available afterwards for $0.99. But why would you want to miss the show?!? Your options are $1 for a single song, or a mere $3 cover for a kickin' party that includes food, booze, and a huge batch of talented musicians for less than the price of any medium gingerbread-mocha-soy latte. Choose wisely, young 'Pills fan, and check the Events Tab on this page for the specifics.
Still haven't RSVP'd? If you plan on joining us for the party of the year, visit our Facebook Event and let us know by November 15 so we can get appropriately psyched to see your shining face! (If you don't have Facebook, email us instead!)
Want more? We know this is the age of information, and we also know that you enjoy watching us do our thing rather than reading about it. To that end, we'll be posting some rehearsal footage so you can have even a small taste of the awesome-sauce that is in store for you come December 8, so watch this space. You'll see live footage of any number of our special guests: Emma, Will, JP, Alexis, Angelica, Kevin, Clarence, and Tony, all of whom are shaking their money-makers and working hard to make merry. Santa's elves got nothin' on The Sugarpills!
Merry Christmas in July!
Posted: July 25, 2012
Merry Christmas in July! We know it's been a while since you've heard from your favorite Christmas-time menagerie, so we wanted to do something extra special for you! December 1st, 2012 marks a momentous occasion for two reasons. First, we'll be releasing our much anticipated sophomore album, "Christmas Spirits," which will be freely available for download on our site. Secondly, in celebration of aforementioned release, we'll be holding a very es-clusive party in the Christmas City of Bethlehem, where all your favorite guest artists will be conspiring to make this holiday season one you won't soon forget!
You can grab more details as they unfold by visiting the EVENTS tab on the left, where we'll be supplying exact location and time information as they unfold. There will be plenty of food, drink and music to brighten your day, and you'll be able to snag a physical copy (100% free) of our album featuring our first original christmas composition, the title track of the album, that will otherwise only be available for download @ $.99 from our site. What more could you ask for!? Please contact Kevin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP so we have enough food (and booze) to feed the masses! And as always, remember to check back regularly and friend us on Facebook for up to the minute updates on all the sweet goings on we have in the works. In the meantime, please enjoy our very special Christmas in July gift to you all below!
So many gifts, so little time, friends!
First, we've decided that it's time to afford you the chance to wear us on your body. Yes, we will be printing t-shirts in a somewhat seasonal red with our tastefully simple logo on them. Before we do a print run, we'd like an idea of how many ravenous fans intend to buy. Show us your interest by visiting the MERCH link at the top of this page; we'll email you when they become available to officially order. There are also stickers for a steal at $1 each; we'll have those available at our show and in person if you manage to snag one of us before then.
SHOW, you say? Yes! We're throwing an album release party in December and you're invited! We've also been asked to bring some season's greetings to the City of Brotherly Love the week before Christmas. Visit our EVENTS tab (located on the left) for details on both these shows. Become our Fan on Facebook and be among the first to know about these and other upcoming events. It also means you'll be first in line for album sneak-peeks and teasers.
Which leads to our extra-special October Christmas gift: our first full-length track from the upcoming album! What has four sides and one leg, and an American Major League? Yes, the humble dreidel. Now, what has a banjo, a jug, and a party atmosphere? Our unique take on the classic dreidel song! Click to download the first single from Christmas Spirits, and be sure to come back November 25 for more leaks before the official December 10th release!
New album teaser!
New video of us rehearsing vocals for Fairytale of New York @ Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA. Very raw footage, but we wanted to share our process with you! Nothing but the best for our fans. The very long awaited teaser for upcoming album "Christmas Spirits"! Video captured by Rebecca Leon on her iPhone.
Christmas Spirits Halftime Report
Greetings, friends! Now that we're halfway to December, seems an appropriate time to update y'all on our creative goings-on. Recording is well underway on this coming Christmas' 15-track album, and we wanted to share our progress with you, the Fans! Read on for a full dose of Sugarpills, no placebos in THIS installation.
After the mondo fun we had doing last year's Christmas show at Touchstone Theatre, we decided we didn't want the party to end, so we invited the company to be guest artists on this year's album. Featured largely on "The 12 Days of Christmas," the multi-talented Touchstonians provided vocals and instrumentation for 10 of the 12 days. With instruments ranging from harmonica to bass, to ukulele and sitar (yeah, you read that right), we feel we've taken this song back from those heinous, mandatory family sing-alongs you were perhaps subjected to at some point in your childhood (no, just us?). We're generous like that. We're SO generous we've put up some visual aids on our Facebook page! Like us and check out our "Production 2011" album for some fun behind-the-scenes footage of our recording sessions.
And because we have such talented friends and guest artists, Kevin decided this was the year to tackle a fully instrumental song, engaging again some of the Touchstone ensemble, plus some of his long-time musician friends. And why not make it truly a challenge, and go after an orchestral-pop piece? Hence, our cover of "Christmas Eve Sarajevo;" we anticipate its blowing your mind.
We knew it would be hard to top our last Hannukkah song; "Ocho Kandelikas" had Christians and pagans alike humming and toe-tapping, and was an audience favorite in the Christmas show. So we took a classic, the Dreidel Song, and put a new spin on it. Two words: jug band. What's that? You can't imagine a bluegrassy, jug-enhanced, banjo-pickin' version of "I Have a Little Dreidel"? Well, you had best be back here by December to snag an electronic copy of the album!
And a last tidbit for you: this album features an all new, all original, all us song! Yes, Kevin and I actually wrote music and lyrics for an entirely new song that is destined to become a Christmas classic, in the same vein as, say, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." And while we don't sing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, or reindeer games for that matter, we do discuss how the holidays often deliver loving dysfunction in the form of family gatherings. And as the album's title would imply, sometimes Christmas Spirits come in a bottle and not a giftbox.
So pass that flask, hit us up on Facebook, and be sure to check back for updates!
We're Working Hard on 2011!
We have finally settled on a final tracklist for the upcoming 2011 Christmas release and are working hard at planning another great success. There are so many wonderful ideas I would love to share with you all, however I'm under strictest confidentiality at the moment...in due time...
Keep checking back after the first of the year when I'll be posting more information and possibly a few teaser demos from our rehearsals. Who knows, Santa may even have a tracklisting for all you good little boys and girls! Stay tuned for more from your favorite holiday carollers.
Touchstone's Follies a Sweet Success!
Our first live performance played to more than 40 people, and over the weekend we served more than 100 patrons with Sugar n' spice. Included in that audience was a Morning Call reporter who found us to be a "pleasant" addition to the show that's become a Christmas City tradition. Read the online publication! (Or...Download the pdf version.)
The Sugarpills to Play Touchstone Theatre's
Christmas City Follies!
December 2-19th, 2010
Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
Tickets: $25/$15 for students or seniors
Thursdays - Pay What You Will (at the door)
Full details available on the Touchstone Theatre Website