Now, sometimes when you listen to a new band for the first time you can be left thinking right away “Oh no, this is not for me”. On the other hand, you could attract the middle ground and find something to be similar to something you already like, which gives you this feeling of liking it (Which is fine) but it doesn’t necessarily blow your mind, if you will. You can say “Yeah, this has hints of this and this”, so it’s pleasing to the ear, but it doesn’t make you stop what you’re doing and really listen to it because it’s unlike most of what you’ve heard before.
I started listening to shoegaze when I started Raised by Gypsies, and in that time, yes, I have ventured into other subgenres and branches of shoegaze (dream pop, ambient, etc.) as well as seapunk, 8bit, chillwave, synth pop, and so on and so forth. So it surprises me that I have not stumbled upon Black Sugar Transmission before now, but hey, I’m a pretty busy guy.
Black Sugar Transmission makes me want to dance. When I was expecting a synth pop theme that I’ve heard before, I got something unlike what I’m used to hearing. My wife immediately pointed out the Blue October comparison, which I noticed as well, but I think that some more accurate names to draw from this are AWOLNATION (even if just because they are so current) and Stabbing Westward (without the heaviness) I also can hear a bit of The Beatles in this, “Pretty Hate Machine” era Nine Inch Nails (to get quite specific) and Prince, which is one of the biggest influences I think I hear coming out of here but the mix makes it sound oh so good.
In the end of the movie, the star and co-stars end up at their destination, which is a club full of live music and people already there, which would oddly enough be playing the music of Black Sugar Transmission.