SUGAR RAY singer Mark Mcgrath fears his band can no longer compete with the dance-rock and heavy metal acts dominating today's music scene.

The EVERY MORNING star's group of 11 years is scheduled to enter the studio this summer (05) to record three new tracks for a planned greatest hits compilation, but he accepts their appeal may have waned dramatically since their popularity peaked in the mid-1990s.

And McGrath is worried their trademark songs will sound outdated compared to the innovative tunes currently hitting the airwaves, courtesy of bands like Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers and The Bravery.

He says, "Is there a giant demand for a Sugar Ray hits record? Probably not. Hopefully, we can get a single off of it that people will react to, one that can kind of reintroduce people to the band.

"You kind of go through phase one of your career, and then it's like your window of opportunity kind of closes, and The Bravery comes along, the Kaiser Chiefs, all these great bands, and now you're like, 'OK, that's great, but how do I keep on going?' I still want to be in a band, but how do you become the Eagles? How do you become Aerosmith, you know?"

25/04/2005 13:55