Do you remember this face? Her name is Skye Sweetnam, and from 2003 to 2009 you couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing one of her songs.
In 2003, Skye released her debut single “Billy S.” which became an instant hit across North America. A little more than a year later Skye released her debut album Noise from The Basement. The single appeared on the soundtrack to the movie How to Deal featuring actress Mandy Moore, propelling her career to star status.
In 2006, Skye was nominated for a Juno Award as “The Best New Artist of the Year”. Shortly after in 2007, Skye released her second studio album Sound Soldier. Her single “Human” off the album was nominated at the MuchMusic Video Awards for best cinematography, but unfortunately came up short to Hedley.
But that was five years ago. What happened to Skye and what is she doing in 2012?
Well this is what Skye Sweetnam is up to now!
She is now the lead singer of the Punk/Metal band Sumo Cyco.
The Toronto-based band consists of for members: Skye Sweetnam (now known as “Sever”) on vocals, Matt “M.D.” Drake on lead guitar, Ken “Thor” Corke on bass guitar and Ryan “Legs” Leger on drums.
Check out the bands’ latest, Halloween-themed video “Where Do We Go?”:
The transition from pop music to punk/metal is not the usual route; personally I’ve never seen the transition work as successfully as Skye has done it.
Although Skye is not getting the same recognition as she did as a pop singer, the band has been producing tons of music videos and should soon be getting the recognition they deserve. Here is the video for another single, “Loose Cannon”:
Sumo Cyco have a loyal fan base online, and the band produces and directs all of their music videos and promotional videos themselves.
Sumo Cyco are a great example of Canadian musicians creating quality music with little to no budget, a trait I have become proud of when speaking about Canadian music.
The band currently is not on tour, but you can check out all of their music videos on their website.
Check out Sumo Cyco!
Author: Richard Moore