Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers made an indelible impression in 2015 with their debut album, ‘Masterwish.’ Now the seasoned Seattle musicians are back with the follow up, ‘All the Way.’
A collection of 12 songs, ‘All the Way’ finds Newcomb penning some personal and heartbreaking lyrics revolving around lost love and soul searching in the aftermath. With songs like the lead-off track “The End,” “King of Nothing,” and “Fall Through” it’s clear that Newcomb has had his fair share of life issues since the band’s last album, but here’s the thing: The album is so rich with hope and masterful pop rock licks that you can’t help but get into ‘All the Way.’
The album is also a learning experience for the longtime Seattle musician, who was also in Goodness and the Rockfords. Although the Sugarmakers are a fantastic band—Newcomb (lead vocals, guitar); Eric Eagle (drums); Rick Friel (bass); Fith Stankevich (backing vocals, percussion); and Ryan Burns (keyboards)—Newcomb played most of the instruments on this album and recorded most of the songs in his attic studio.
The end result is truly a professional effort full of catchy rock songs. It took Newcomb and company a year to get this record done, but it was worth the wait and most likely therapeutic for Newcomb.