SUSTO “& I’m Fine Today” Tour

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SUSTO “& I’m Fine Today” Tour


Tue, January 24, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

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SUSTO - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Justin Osborne needed a break.

He'd been writing music and making albums since he was 15, and by the age of 26, he felt like he was spinning his wheels. He knew he needed a change, so he ended his old band Sequoyah Prep School and moved to Cuba. He thought he might be done with music for a while, but the songs just kept coming.

"I had this idea in my mind that I was going to try and join some kind of Latin American Leftist movement. I wanted to jump off a cliff," Osborne says. "Once I got there I immediately started hanging out with musicians and going to shows. I started showing them the songs from this project that was kind of just an idea in my head.

"They were like, 'man, don't throw away your passport, go home and continue to make music,'" he says. "I was encouraged by them to try again."

Osborne ended the relationship he was in, started touring and writing constantly and eventually dropped out of school with just one paper and exam left to finish. He also made an aesthetic upgrade, getting the words "Acid Boys" tattooed across his knuckles.

"I was always afraid of committing fully to the idea of trying to make it. I think in some ways, that's what held my old band back. I thought maybe I'll go to school and I'll be an anthropologist and go live abroad," he says. "Then I did all that, and I realized no, I need to go back to what I'm good at. I got the knuckle tattoos to keep me out of everything else."

Osborne was already writing the songs for what would be SUSTO's 2014 self-titled debut when his producer Wolfgang Zimmerman introduced him to Johnny Delaware, a guitarist and songwriter who had moved to Charleston, South Carolina to make an album with the producer.

"We started meshing and gelling really well. We liked aspects of what each other did, so as the record started to really take shape in the studio, Johnny came in and really played a key role in that," Osborne says. "At that point, it became one step closer to being a band thing."

SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as anthropology student, meaning "when your soul is separated from your body," and also roughly translates to a panic attack. For Osborne, the music of SUSTO was something he had to get out into the world.

"Going through my life I was just lost, and I didn't have direction, and I wanted direction," he says. Raised in Puddin' Swamp, South Carolina, Osborne moved to Charleston to attend military school, and didn't really get to experience much of the city -- one of the main artistic hubs of the South -- until he left his junior year to tour with his first band.

"I did acid for the first time. I started to gradually grow away from religion. I started to become my own person when I moved to Charleston," he says, adding that it's an especially great place to play music because "people are into all kinds of stuff. They go out to shows. I wouldn't say Charleston is a country music town or an indie rock town, it's just a town where people like cool shit, so I think that people appreciate creativity when it comes to creating a genre instead of working within one that exists."

SUSTO released their debut album independently and toured relentlessly to get the word out. They were an immediate hit in their hometown, packing venues, getting airplay at all the bars and even making a fan of Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell. "I got an e-mail from him, telling me he loved the record and wanted to meet with me and Johnny," he says. "That was actually the day I wrote my professor, and I said, 'I'm not coming in.'"

But that wasn't enough. "I was like, 'we can't just make it in Charleston.' My friends in the band Shovels & Ropes told me once, 'it's a big country and we got to get out there and get everybody.'"

The members of the live band that Osborne and Delaware recruited -- Corey Campbell (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Jenna Desmond (bass), and Marshall Hudson (drums, percussion) contributed to SUSTO's new album '& I'm Fine Today,' which will be released via Caroline. "We just wanted to go further. We started something with the first record, and we want to keep going in that direction," Osborne says of the album, which finds them taking the spacey country rock of their debut into the stratosphere, piling on layers of sighing keyboards, galloping rhythms and frayed, noisy guitar solos atop wistful melodies and lyrics that examine growing up and growing into yourself. Much of the album was recorded by Osborne, Delaware and Zimmerman, with the other members contributing as needed.

On "Hard Drugs," Osborne muses about reconnecting with an estranged friend during a personal crisis ("I'm thankful that I have some friends that are totally fine with me telling some stories about things we've all been through together") and on "Mystery Man," Delaware writes about "the feeling of appreciation for someone coming into your life, someone like yourself." On "Wasted Mind," one of the most personal songs on the album, Osborne, and Delaware reflect on the journey they've been through together.

"We wrote that [song] about finally having a voice that was being heard, and about trying and failing and then finally getting some ears to listen to you," he says. "It's about the ups and downs of that, and how you get to travel, and you're just kind of in and out of people's lives, and it's hard but beautiful, and also how you start to come out of the haze of partying and start thinking about your life's value."

In many ways, "Wasted Mind" is '& I'm Fine Today' in miniature, as the album circles around the theme of punching through life's difficulties and learning to be comfortable with the person you've grown into. "I feel like I am better. We put the first record out, and we worked hard, and it just feels like a good place to be," he says, noting that while the first record focused on his own struggles, '& I'm Fine Today' is more concerned with looking at the world beyond the struggles in your head.

"I've learned to appreciate the fact that I just get to be here. It's all perspective," he says. "This album is about coming to terms with yourself and feeling okay with your place in the universe."
Heyrocco - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Charleston, SC's Heyrocco (est. 2014) embraces the early 90’s alternative
boom with a sound that contains the melodic sensibilities and hard driving
guitar sounds that gave that era a refreshing burst of authenticity that
made it distinctive from the proceeding decade. This can be heard
throughout their debut September 2015 full length release “Teenage Movie
Soundtrack”. The album transports listeners back to the era when
alternative, guitar driven music ruled the airwaves and the subculture.  

Heyrocco recently teamed up with Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist Brendan
Benson of The Raconteurs at his studio in the heart of Nashville. The results
are part of their current EP release entitled “Waiting On Cool” (Dine Alone
Records/Vital Music Group).

These are a culmination of songs that represent the year of touring and
traveling following the recording of the debut LP and serve as a musical
bridge between their debut and the band’s impending second LP. With this
EP, the band documents the beginning of their evolution as writers,
musicians, and people who have left behind their teenage years. With
“Teenage Movie Soundtrack”, the resulting songs had a more linear idea
thematically that was reflective of teenagers just graduating high school
and having a very singular vision of expressing those feelings of angst and
the unknown as it related to that finite period in the band’s lives.  With this
EP, the band wanted the songs and emotion to be reflective of their
maturation as a band and incorporate a more broad palate of musical

“In working with Brendan in particular, we really benefited from his innate
talent as an arranger and his approach to song structure and melodies.  He
gave us the ability to see the songs from a viewpoint outside of our own
that benefited the greater good of the song as a whole, as opposed to
looking at each part individually which helped us expand on the vision of
what we are trying to achieve as artists and take those lessons and apply
them moving forward.” 

Recording for LP2 commences July 2016 in Los Angeles and is scheduled for
release in early 2017. 

"Energetic Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be played; loose, relentless and youthful.  These guys take chances and have all the right instincts.  The songs are very reminiscent of UK Post Punk and (the good) 90’s indie bands.  One of the coolest records I’ve produced." Brendan Benson - The Raconteurs

Zane Lowe from Apple Beats 1 was an early adopter to their single “Elsewhere”.
John Kennedy at XFM UK has supported each of the band’s single releases

“Gritty, angsty lyrics, clear vocals and playful fuzzy guitar are the stars of this
reminiscent album”. -Never Enough Notes

“…the angst-ridden grunge of Nirvana, while flecks of Pavement ensure a
distinctly nostalgic flavour to these young guitar heroes.” - NME

“You know those perfect songs that soundtrack your summer of late nights,
romance and hedonism? Well, HEYROCCO have just dropped one.” – Gigwise

“Heyrocco’s new single launches us right into 90’s teenage movie nostalgia. Like
these Southern sweethearts, we admittedly might not have been the coolest kids
in high school—but at least we can pretend like we were while listening to some
90’s inspired rock and roll.” - NYLON

“I hate almost everyone / I find it hard to still have fun with who I’m hanging
around” is the perfect sentiment to kick off an album called Teenage Movie
Soundtrack. And what follows is exactly what you’d expect: angst, pop punk
melodies, and rhythm guitar drenched in fuzz”. - Culture Collide- LA 

“Theirs is a mix of grunge, pop-punk, and emotive malaise — Merli has a bit of
Connor Oberst in his voice” - Bullett Media
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002