August 20 [10:00 EDT] -- If you remember Sugar Ray's video for the hard-driving "Mean Machine" off of their last album, "Brownies And Lemonade," you might find the band's bouncing "Fly" [800k QuickTime] to be quite a creative leap.
Some of the sonic evolution can be attributed to Jamaican dance hall star Super Cat, who lends a rolling rap to the band's current hit. The group has also expanded its mix recently with the help of DJ Homicide.
"On the first record, we experimented with a lot of different styles like soul and R&B, and punk, and all different. types of things," Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath explained. "('Fly') is different in that we used one really sort of vibe track as a single. We've never really done that. We were just making a track, and we knew that it was something really cool. And when Super Cat came along and actually got to perform on the track in the studio, we decided to
release it first. You know it's got a summer vibe and all that type of thing." [1MB QuickTime]
The move has paid off for the L.A. band, as Sugar Ray rises to number 15 on the "Billboard" album chart this week. The group takes it new sound to Austin, Texas on Wednesday, and then heads off to the following venues:
- 8/19 - Houston, TX @ Abyss
- 8/20 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
- 8/23 - Wichita, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
- 8/25 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
- 8/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Holy Cow
- 8/28 - San Francisco, CA @ Justin Herman Plaza
- 8/30 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Amph.
- 9/1 - Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center Arena
- 9/6 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheatre
- 9/7 - Tulsa, OK @ Mohawk Park
- 9/10 - West Hollywood, CA @ Palace
- 9/11 - Fresno, CA @ Fresno Co. Fairgrounds
- 9/13 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre