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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Block Party Bands of the (Yester)Day: Speaker Speaker and Mass Sugar

posted by on July 24 at 12:47 PM

I didn’t post the Block Party Band of the Day yesterday because I’m an idiot. I’m sorry. So without further self-deprication, I give you yesterday’s Block Party Bands of the Day: Mass Sugar and Speaker Speaker!

Both bands play the Capitol Hill Block Party Friday evening at 6:30 pm (the Blood Brothers are also playing at 6:30 pm, but they’ve already been the Band of the Day). Mass Sugar’s at the 21+ Neumo’s stage, Speaker Speaker will rock the all-ages Vera stage.


Mass Sugar is the newish project featuring former Green Apple Quick Step frontman Ty Williams. I saw Green Apple Quick Step play the Mercer Arena one time, it was during 107.7 the End’s Deck the Hall Ball. Ty spit on the crowd, the band played “Dizzy,” their hit featured on The Basketball Diaries soundtrack (still love that song), and I was only 16 or 17 years old, but it was awesome. Mass Sugar, though, is not Green Apple Quick Step. Mass Sugar is part acoustic indie rock, part groovy jam band. There are subtle tinges of hippie, but there are also some rock and roll roots, and Ty’s still got a strong frontman presence.

You can hear a few songs on Mass Sugar’s MySpace.

I also saw Jawbreaker play Deck the Hall Ball a couple years prior to GAQS’s appearance. Speaker Speaker recently covered a Jawbreaker song (my favorite, “Do You Still Hate Me”) on their new EP titled We Won’t March. How’s that for a segue?


I’ve already written about Speaker Speaker to death (here and here, for example) so instead of me using my words, I’ll let them use their video.

Two bands. Two stages. Same time. Whachya gonna do about it?

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Go to neither. You suck. ya Jackass!

Posted by ken | July 24, 2007 3:40 PM

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