Does anyone remember the film Weird Science? Where the two nerd kids create their perfect sex object of a woman? Fear not, I have a point. Sumo Cyco feels like a record label attempt to do a similar thing with a band here. T0 take an attractive girl, give her a rock pinup makeover, hire a backing band, send them out into the world and let the guys line up. At least that is how it comes across.
This is Sumo Cyco’s second album entitled Opus Mar and it proves the age old adage that sequels sometimes aren’t always better. Sometimes they are just downright terrible. This isn’t saying much when you consider that their debut album wasn’t exceptional, to begin with. This is about as cynical and horribly contrived as music gets. This album provides the listener with a grating, borderline unlistenable experience.
There is a bright spot in the form of the lead single ‘Move Mountains’ featuring Benji Webbe from Skindred. That is by and large because it sounds like a Skindred song. The problem comes when vocalist Skye Sweetnam opens her mouth. She comes in like Gwen Stefani with a blocked nose singing in a frequency that would make dogs cry.
As derivative as the music is, Skye is by far the band’s weak link. Her vocals fall completely flat against the music. The lyrics leave a lot to be desired. There are definitely some that seem like a holdover from her time as a pop starlet. They reek of immaturity and faux rebellion so much so, that even Avril Lavigne would be embarrassed for her
Sumo Cyco is one of the most uninspired bands currently filling the airwaves. They represent everything wrong with modern music.There is absolutely nothing of merit here for you to latch onto. I would avoid this album at all costs. It will do nothing for you other than rotting your brain. There is no amount of promotion that will hide how hollow and shameless this band is.