New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Toronto rockers Sumo Cyco, winners of the The John Lennon Songwriting Contest's Vans Warped Tour Prize, will be performing on the tour from June 19-28.
The four-piece uses hard rock guitar riffs with in your face blast beats and dance hall rhythms, topped by electric female vocals. Their latest full-length debut album 'Lost in Cyco City' was produced by Matt Drake (Dodger, illScarlett) and should see a U.S. release later this year.
Front-woman Sever is the alter ego of former teen-pop sensation and Juno Award nominee Skye Sweetnam, who signed to Capitol Records and EMI (Sony/ATV) Publishing at the age of fourteen. Skye performed in over 25 countries and opened for Britney Spears for 50 dates on the Onyx Hotel Tour, all before her 17th birthday.
Skye co-wrote with hit makers such as Dr. Luke, Max Martin, The Matrix and Tim Armstrong (Rancid). Tim's hit 'Into Action' features Sweetnam on backing vocals. After two full-length albums, Sweetnam decided to take her career in an extreme direction and initiated her departure from the major label craving artistic control and rock n' roll.
Since forming in 2011, Sumo Cyco has taken a novel approach to releasing music. They have recorded and released 10 singles digitally to date, alongside grindhouse-esque movie videos, which have attracted over 2.2 million Youtube views and counting. The band takes pride in building a strong online presence by creating and marketing their own content.
The band has shared stages with Coal Chamber, Filter, Finger Eleven, Life of Agony, Hollywood Undead, Hollerado, and illScarlett, to name a few.
In the studio, Sumo Cyco has worked with the likes of Jag Tanna (I Mother Earth), Julius 'Juice' Butty (Alexisonfire) and Matt DeMatteo (Big Wreck). Sumo Cyco is currently working on new material with Brian Moncarz (Circa Survive, Moneen) and James "Lerock" Loughrey (Skindred, Joss Stone).
Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 19 Pomona, CA
Jun 20 Mountain View, CA
Jun 21 Ventura, CA
Jun 23 Mesa, AZ
Jun 24 Albuquerque, NM
Jun 25 Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 26 Houston, TX
Jun 27 Dallas, TX
Jun 28 San Antonio, TX
Additional non-Warped Tour Dates to be announced.