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Sugar Red Drive Confirms May Tour With Candlebox
· Toddstar on May 01 2012 05:10:21
Tour News


Sugar Red Drive has confirmed a May tour with Candlebox.  No strangers to the road, the Poughkeepsie-based rock band is ready to return to the road following months of getting the follow-up to their self-titled debut ready for release.  A Story of Signs finds singer Archit Tripathi, Bassist David “Dungs” Alexander, and drummer PJ Gasperini in a place filled with optimism and a collective conviction that their time is now.

The band is defined by a philosophy that exhibits pure perseverance to achieve a connection with a mass audience, while maintaining truth to who they are as individuals and as a band.  There is no shortage of repertoire that has found a connection amongst music lovers across The U.S., and with each passing month their followers and fans exponentially grow.  Through trials and tribulations that could fill a season of storylines on a soap opera, these men have come out the other side more focused, and committed to seeing through achieving their collective dreams.  Since 2007, they have been building a following that becomes larger, and more loyal weekly.

Poughkeepsie-based musicians Davey Alexander and PJ Gasperini, discovered singer Archit Tripathi while he was attending  the local college Vassar.  The son of an Indian diplomat, Tripathi was born in Zambia, and subsequently moved to a new country every three years as his father\'s career took him through India, Hungary, Sweden and Venezuela, where he graduated from high school.  He then made the move to the USA after being accepted at the aforementioned school, landing him in proximity to Alexander and Gasperini. The quartet dubbed themselves Sugar Red Drive, and cut a debut that Billboard Magazine described as, \"... a muscular foundation and a just-right fit of aggression and hooks that set the band up for an impressionable start.\"

Their explosive first single \"One More Time\" delivered a strong foundation at Active Rock radio, and enjoyed a Top 20 run on Music Choice that lasted more than six months.  The band toured extensively, completing three tours of the U.S, headlining and sharing the stage with bands that included Buckcherry, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Flyleaf, Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Papa Roach, and many others.  As everything was flying high, Sugar Red Drive faced a moment of disaster some never come back from, and in its became an act defined by overcoming adversity. As the single grew, and the appearances were yielded an audience growing exponentially, they were in an overnight van crash that left bassist Alexander\'s arm broken, with a handicap he continues to endure to this day.  As opposed to going off the road, they found a temporary replacement, secured a new vehicle, and kept playing shows while Dave recovered enough to come back.  Upon his recovery, Sugar Red Drive then went out with Saving Abel for a 50 date run, following which they looked towards the follow-up to the self-titled debut, which finds life as A Story of Signs.

As people, the three young men are the same to the core as they were prior to first pulling out of the driveway.  As singer Tripathi shares, \"We are a band of the people. We all come from middle class backgrounds, from families that value things like working hard to get what you want and feeling good about an honest day\'s work.  Most importantly, we come from families that value warmth, and close relationships, and those bonds that bring friends and families together.\"  He continues, \"We were raised to always be kind to everyone no matter who they are, to do the most that we could for someone in need.  To keep our feet on the ground, and our noses to the grindstone. This is why Sugar Red Drive is A People\'s Band.\"  Bassist Alexander echoes these sentiments, \"We like to be personal and make friends with any fan who comes out to one of our shows and have a good time with them. We just want to see smiles and people nodding their head to the beat. No gimmicks, no trap doors, no guy-liner and no tight pants. We are here to make your ears happy and the hair on the back of your neck raise.\"  Drummer Gasperini add in summation, \"Talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words. If anyone in this band thinks that they can\'t be bothered to shake a fans hand, the people that feed us. They need to reevaluate there career choice.\"

Initial dates with Candlebox include:
5/02                 New York, NY                                    Gramercy Theater
5/04                 Hartford, CT                                        Webster Theater
5/05                 Asbury Park, NJ                                  Stone Pony
5/06                 Poughkeepsie, NY                               The Chance
5/09                 Buffalo, NY                                         Town Ballroom
5/10                 Syracuse, NY                                       Wescott Theater

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