There wasn’t a plan for a new Sugar Ray album when front man/SiriusXM DJ/perpetually busy guy Mark McGrath and his band got together recently for a Celebrity Big Brother event, but it just kind of happened.
And on July 26, Sugar Ray will release its first new album in a decade when Little Yachty — seriously, that’s its title, a pun paying homage to rapper Lil’ Yachty and the fact that the band’s new music is a bit “yacht rock,” according to McGrath — is released.
The first single is “Make It Easy,” and the opening guitar riff has that “Yep, that’s Sugar Ray all right” quality to it in the same way it did on hits like “Every Morning” and “Someday.”
Billboard has a great write-up on how this somewhat surprise album came about:
“Two days after I came out of the (Big Brother) house, the guitar player said, ‘Dude, you’re not gonna believe this…'” McGrath says. It turns out producer Lloyd sent “Higher Tree” to BMG, which wanted to sign Sugar Ray to a new deal. “I was just so happy to get out of the house — ‘Omigod, I’m free!’ — and this comes along and I was like, ‘You gotta be f***ing kidding me!'” McGrath says. “We figured out the economics of it that made it work for everybody. It doesn’t have to be such a substantial investment anymore. It’s all streaming now, and we’ll make a couple (physical) copies for shits and giggles. So we were like, ‘Yeah, let’s get in the studio.’ Michael Lloyd was willing to produce the rest of the record and we took our time. There was no fourth quarter we had to hit. It’s the first time we’ve ever been in the studio with no expectations at all. I think we made a fun record.”
2. “Coconut Bay”
3. “Good Good Lovin”
5. “Sunday Love”
6. “Perfect Mornings”
7. “All Of The Time”
8. “What The World Needs”
9. “Make It Easy”
10. “(Escape) The Pina Colada Song”
11. “California Gold”