The Sugar Stems - “Greatest Pretender”
Power pop is alive and well in Milwaukee. The Sugar Stems, made up of two guys and two gals, carry on the hook-filled tradition of bands like the Nerves and fellow Milwaukee favorites the Shivvers, and—as their name implies—they do it so sweetly that it could easily rot your teeth out. Their debut, 2010’s Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems, found them crafting perfectly melodic pop earworms, complete with bubblegummy vocals, that end up stuck in your head whether you like it or not, including “If You Want Me To” and their first single “Beat Beat Beat”. Two more undeniably catchy singles were released in 2012, “Greatest Pretender” and “Like I Do”, leading up to their second record, Can’t Wait, which was released at the tail end of 2012 on Screaming Apple. Watch footage of them playing “Make Up Your Mind” at Tap Milwaukee.
You can listen to their music on Bandcamp. A preview of their latest record should be coming soon.