Palm Trees and Power Lines

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Palm Trees and Power Lines
Studio album by Sugarcult
Released April 13, 2004
Studio Full Kilt Studio, Third Stone Recordings, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk
Length 40:43
Label Fearless, Artemis
Producer Gavin MacKillop
Sugarcult chronology
Start Static
Palm Trees and Power Lines
A Hard Day's Night

Palm Trees and Power Lines is the fourth studio album by American rock band Sugarcult. The album contains the MTV hits "Memory" and "She's the Blade".[1]


Recording took place at Full Kilt Studio and Third Stone Recording in North Hollywood, California with producer Gavin MacKillop. Additional production was done by Tim Pagnotta. Wes Sideman acted as assistant engineer at Third Stone Recording. John Nooney, Mauro Rubbi and Trent Slatton engineered the Pro-Tools sessions. Tim Cullen provided additional backing vocals. Alain Johannes performed additional guitar. Nooney and Ariel Rechtshaid contributed keyboards. Slatton provided programming. Tom Lord-Alge mixed "She's the Blade", "Crying", "Memory", "Back to California" and "Over" at South Beach Studio. Mark Trombino mixed "Worst December" and "Champagne" at Chalice Recording Studios with assistance from Alan Mason. Mackillop mixed "Destination Anywhere", "What You Say", "Head Up" and "Counting Stars". Evan Frankfort mixed "Sign Off". Brian Gardner mastered the recordings at Bernie Grudman Mastering in Hollywood, California.[2]


On December 15, 2003, Palm Trees and Power Lines was announced for release.[3] In January 2004, the band went on a Japanese tour with Good Charlotte. During the same month, the band filmed amusic video for "Memory".[4] "Memory" was released to radio on March 16.[5] On February 25, the album's track listing was revealed.[6] After being originally scheduled for release on March 9,[3] the album was eventually released on April 13.[4] The album is named after the scenery in California where the band members live, as the skyline is littered with palm trees and power lines.[7] On the album cover, a few pieces of Californian scenery can be seen in the background, such as a liquor store, which Pagnotta visits in the documentary Back to the Disaster. "She's the Blade" was released to radio on August 31.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
The Daily Californian Favorable [9]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[10]
musicOMH Favorable [11]
Melodic 3.5/5 stars[12]
PopMatters Favorable [13]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[14]
Spin C-[15]

Palm Trees and Power Lines received mixed to favorable reviews from critics. Johnny Loftus of Allmusic gives a favorable review, concluding that "Sugarcult are thankfully more concerned with pleasing the crowd than making a statement." Punktastic characterizes the album as "one hell of a grower," a record "that shows maturity without ever coming across as trite or predictable." The review goes on to call the album "a fine record which, while not as anthemic and instant as its predecessor, is destined to be a sure-fire summer hit."

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Tim Pagnotta, all music by Pagnotta and Sugarcult.[2]

  1. "She's the Blade" – 2:59
  2. "Crying" – 3:29
  3. "Memory" – 3:46
  4. "Worst December" – 3:37
  5. "Back to California" – 4:07
  6. "Destination Anywhere" – 3:51
  7. "Champagne" – 2:56
  8. "What You Say" – 2:39
  9. "Over" – 3:24
  10. "Head Up" – 3:56
  11. "Counting Stars" – 3:38
  12. "Sign Off" – 2:13
  13. "Blackout" (Japanese bonus track) – 3:10


  • An acoustic version of "Memory" was released on the compilation album Punk Goes Acoustic.


Personnel per booklet.[2]


  1. ^ SPIN - Oct 2006 - Page 104 Vol. 22, No. 10 "Sugarcult. Lights Out *•* FEARLESS/V2 Raging riffs for getting drunk and getting lucky Though these SoCal pop punks sneaked onto MTV with their 2004 single "Memory," the hard-partying reputation they earned after the song's success was ..."
  2. ^ a b c Palm Trees and Power Lines (Booklet). Sugarcult. Fearless/Artemis. 2004. RCD17018. 
  3. ^ a b "Sugarcult to Release New Album in March". Alternative Addiction. December 13, 2003. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Wippsson, Johan (January 24, 2004). "Sugarcult update.". Melodic. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wippsson, Johan (February 25, 2004). "Listen to a new track from Sugarcult's upcoming album". Melodic. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ Black Velvet, Shari. "All Roads Lead To Sugarcult". Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  8. ^ Allmusic review
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  10. ^ "Album Review: Sugarcult - Palm Trees and Power Lines". 
  11. ^ "Sugarcult – Palm Trees And Power Lines - Album Reviews - musicOMH". 
  12. ^ Ellis, Andrew (2004). "Sugarcult - Palm Trees And Power Lines". Melodic. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Sugarcult: Palm Trees and Power Lines". 
  14. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  15. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (11 December 2016). "SPIN". SPIN Media LLC – via Google Books. 

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