About Sumo Cyco
Sumo Cyco is an independent female-fronted punk rock and heavy metal-based band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The band launched in March 2011 and has released two albums, sixteen singles, and seventeen official music videos.
Sumo Cyco first appeared as a punk metal female-fronted band in Toronto, Canada in 2011. Their current members include Sever , Matt 'MD' Drake on guitars, and Ken 'Thor' Corke on bass. Touring drummers have included Andy 'THE WOLF' Joseph , Ryan "Legs" Leger , and current touring drummer Matt Trozzi
The trio launched as a band in March 2011 and had their first show opening, for Hollywood Undead, in April of that year, performing to a crowd of a thousand. Sumo Cyco has also shared a stage with Coal Chamber, Filter, Life of Agony, Finger Eleven, The Salads, and Raggadeath with Miche Mee. They have had songs mixed by Jag Tanna , Julius "Juice" Butty and Matt DeMatteo , amongst others. One song, "Interceptor”, was featured on YouTuber Ray William Johnson's channel, obtaining over 5 million views. Sumo Cyco has a strong presence online and direct both their own music videos and promotional films.
The band mixes influences from the likes of System of a Down, Rob Zombie, and No Doubt. Musically, their sound blends heavy metal guitars, blast beats, and dancehall rhythms.
The band won Best Female-Fronted Band at the Toronto Independent Music Awards of 2012. The band also won at Indie Week Toronto, Oct. 20th, 2013, and attended Indie Week Ireland in Limerick in April 2014.
During this period, the band released seven singles, all of which were launched with music videos. The music video for "MERCY" is set in a bright, asylum-like cartoon prison, while the one for "LIMP" is a short zombie movie with a twist. The video genre for "Interceptor" is a clown murder mystery, while that for "Danger" is a space alien experiment gone hard rock. The video for "Who Do You Want to Be" features a day in the life of a girl with a TV for a head, while the one for "Where Do We Go?" features Sever and friends in a haunted house. Despite being made on a shoestring budget, the videos have gained hundreds of thousands of views. All were directed and produced by the band.
In October 2013, the band won in Indie Week Toronto and attended Indie Week Ireland in April 2014. Using the opportunity of being overseas, the band set up their first international tour, which they called Lost in Ireland & the UK, to promote their material to an international market. They toured various cities across Ireland, Scotland, and England.
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