Thursday, May 24, 2012
It was SXSW 2010 when I first fell in love with Suckers. I was at a free showcase at Malverde and Suckers was one of the bands who played early in the night. Their sound was rawkus and melodic with all of the band members singing at once throughout many of the songs. Their fashion was Goodwill cast-offs from a trailer park and I loved their energy. Well it's been over two years and now they're back and their touring in support of their recent release, Candy Salad. The record picks up right where the last one left off with manic vocals that hit high highs and low lows. There are the out-of-tune full band sing alongs and some of their best melodies yet. If you even casually enjoy some of the songs you've heard from Suckers in the past then I encourage you to check out their set at Red 7 tomorrow night. Tickets are a mere $10 if you buy them in advance and I all but guarantee a good time. Candy Salad has some of Suckers best songs yet and they are going to sound even better with the live energy of the band to back them up.
Suckers - Chinese Braille video via YouTube
Playing the support slot for Suckers tomorrow night will be fellow Frenchkiss Records band, Young Man. Their latest album, Vol. 1, was released this week and it has already earned them praise from all the cool kid critics. For my money Vol. 1 blends the perfect balance of pop and melancholy. There are elements of indie-jangle along with baroque sensibilities. Thematically the record explores loneliness, finding one's-self and all of those other post-collegiate indulgences. Think of it as an indie-pop meditation and/or the foundation of a good one-man-show. You can hear it in full on Rolling Stone.
Young Man - Fate video via YouTube