Sumo Cyco

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Sumo Cyco
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Years active 2011–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts
Website sumocyco.com
Members Skye Sweetnam
Matt "MD13" Drake
Ken "Thor" Corke
Matt Trozzi
Past members Ryan "Legs" Leger
Andy "Wolf" Joseph

Sumo Cyco is an independent female fronted punk metal based band in Hamilton, Ontario. The band launched in March 2011 and has released thirteen official music videos.

Biography[edit]

Sumo Cyco is a punk metal female fronted band in Toronto, Canada whose current members are: Sever (formerly solo artist: Skye Sweetnam), Matt 'MD' Drake on guitar (Dodger), and Ken 'Thor' Corke on bass (Skye Sweetnam, Kazzer, Red Light King). Touring drummers have included Andy 'THE WOLF' Joseph (Jojeto), Matt Trozzi (The Bunny The Bear), and Ryan "Legs" Leger (Every Time I Die).

2011–2013: Formation[edit]

They launched as a band in March 2011 and had their first show opening for Hollywood Undead to a crowd of a thousand.[1] Sumo Cyco has also shared a stage with Coal Chamber, Filter, Life of Agony, Finger Eleven, The Salads and Raggadeath with Miche Mee. They have songs mixed by Jag Tanna (I Mother Earth), Julius "Juice" Butty (Alexisonfire) and Matt DeMatteo (Big Wreck) amongst others. One song, "Interceptor” was featured on YouTuber Ray William Johnson's channel with over 5 million views. Sumo Cyco has a strong presence online, and direct both their own music videos and promotional films. Sumo Cyco mixes influences from the likes of System of a Down, Rob Zombie, and No Doubt. Musically, their sound blends heavy metal guitars, blast beats, and dance hall rhythms.

The band won Best Female Fronted Band at the Toronto Independent Music Awards 2012.[2] The band won Indie Week Toronto Oct 20th 2013 and attended Indie Week Ireland in Limerick in April 2014.[3]

Sumo Cyco at the 2015 Festival of Friends

During this period, the band released seven singles along with music videos; "MERCY" takes place in a bright, asylum-like cartoon prison; "LIMP", a zombie movie with a twist, "Interceptor", a clown murder mystery; "Danger", an alien experiment gone hard rock; "Who Do You Want to Be", a day in the life of a girl with a TV for a head; and "Where Do We Go?", which features Sever and friends in a haunted house. The videos have gained hundreds of thousands of views, despite being made on a shoestring budget. All were directed and produced by the band.

2014–present: Touring and Lost in Cyco City[edit]

In October 2013, the band won Indie Week Toronto and attended Indie Week Ireland in April 2014. Using the opportunity of being over seas the band set up their first international tour, Lost in Ireland & the UK. To promote their material to the international market. The toured various cities across Ireland, Scotland and England.

On June 10, 2014, the band released their first album, Lost in Cyco City. The band later toured various countries in Europe (including the UK, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia) on their No Mercy tour, which took place in mid- to late April.

On March 10, 2015, the band announced that they had signed with TKO / The Kirby Organization Booking Agency for worldwide representation. TKO are known for booking hard rock and metal acts such as Motörhead, Anthrax, and Sevendust.

In April 2016, Sumo Cyco's song "Fighter" was announced as the theme song for the World Darts Association's (WDA) 2016 Merseyside Open.[4][5][6]

It was announced via Twitter that the band would release their sophomore upcoming second album Opus Mar on March 31, 2017, with a guest appearance by Benji Webbe of Skindred on the single "Move Mountains," which was released on February 1, 2017.

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "Mercy" Sumo Cyco
"Limp"
"Interceptor"
"Danger"
2012 "Who Do You Want to Be?"
"Loose Cannon"
"Where Do We Go"
2013 "The Ugly"
2014 "Go Go Go"
"Cry Murder"
"Brave"
2015 "Fighter"
"Like a KILLER"
2016 "Fuel My Fire"
"Crowd Control"
"Anti Anthem"
2017 "Move Mountains"

Singles[edit]

Year Titles Length
2011 "Danger" 3:16
"Limp" 3:38
2012 "Who Do You Want to Be?" (Oingo Boingo cover) 3:33
"Mercy" 3:22
"Loose Cannon" 3:53
"Where Do We Go?" 4:04
2013 "The Ugly" 4:56
2014 "Go Go Go" 3:18
"Cry Murder" 3:52
"Brave" 3:17
2015 "Fighter" 4:27
"Like a Killer" 4:04
2016 "Fuel My Fire" 3:50
"Crowd Control" 4:10
"Anti Anthem" 3:50
2017 "Move Mountains" (featuring Benji Webbe) 3:45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sumo Cyco - Get Off (Live) Oh No They Didn't. April 15, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Toronto Independent Music Awards Website. December 3, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  3. ^ The Scene Magazine
  4. ^ Sumo Cyco Press Release Sumo Cyco Official Website. April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Sumo Cyco Release Oingo Boing Cover as New Single Bandaid Records.com. January 29, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Sumo Cyco first album names from Official Youtube blog Retrieved February 5, 2014 on Fontana North in Canada.

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