Stolen from Music Australia:
Sugarchild grew out of the grunge era, which inspired two fourteen year old girls with bad attitudes and even worse hair to start their own band. Those girls were Katie Attwell (vocals/piano) and Joanne Dolphin (bass). They roped in Ian, Jo’s brother, who was rather good at playing the guitar, and an early incarncation of Sugarchild was born.
Sugarchild commenced gigging 1995 and soon became noteworthy in the flourishing Perth original music scene. Reviewers likened them to the Sundays, Portishead, the Cranberries and U2. They praised the “haunting pop tunes”, “powerful melodies” and “rich intertwining guitars”.
Sugarchild’s early career featured a number of high profile gigs including the prestigious “Bang” Artrage Closing Party (1995) and the Kiss My Wami Awards (1996-2000). In 1996, the band was nominated in the categories of “most promising new band” and “most popular female vocalist”. Their song “The Problem” appeared on the 1998 Kiss My Wami CD. The track “Sad 80’s Pop” was included on RTR FM’s Live at the Cornflakes (1997).
The band were state finalists in the 1996 NAD Campus Bands competition, where reviewers praised their “glorious muse…simple, thoughtful delivery” and “excellent form of indie pop”, “a set filled with catchy rhythms and angelic melodies…the most impressive set of the night”. They also appeared at the “Totally Frocked” Women in Music gig and RTR’s “In the Pines” (1997) to similar critical acclaim.
Sugarchild released their self-titled debut EP on the 19th September 1998 at the Grosvenor Frontroom (Perth) to an appreciative crowd and rave reviews. The CD was recorded in July 1997 at Revolver Sound Studios, Perth, with Ben Glatzer, and mastered by Don Bartley at Studio 301, NSW. The recording received high rotation airplay on RTR FM, Perth’s top independent radio station, and was also played several times on Triple J’s Oz Music Show.
I liked this band. Initially. They mellowed at an alarming rate though and ended up a very chilled out, almost entirely acoustic or ‘alt country’ as their myspace claims.
This is their release ‘Watch The Walls’ from 2000, a single called ‘Coconut and Lime’ from 2002 as well as their 2002 6 tracker ‘Make It Happen’. Sadly I don’t have any of the earlier stuff. They had a nice track called ‘Problem’ on the 1998 Wami CD which I’ll upload at some point.