Category: Indie Rock


Today’s post is Part Two of the three part Goldenweek Tour preview. Yesterday I covered all-female Japanese Punk/Garage Rock band Otoboke Beaver and today’s it’s the turn of tour mates Sue Say Me a South Korean Indie-Rock band. 

Childhood friends Byung-kyu (guitar), Jae-young (bass), and Se-min (drums) met Su-mi (vocals) at a tea shop in the Nampo-dong neighborhood of Busan in 2012. The three liked Su-mi’s speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in their new band that would become Say Sue Me.

Say Sue Me released their debut album, “We’ve Sobered Up” in 2014 followed by their first EP, “Big Summer Night” in 2015.

In 2016, drummer Se-min fell into a semi-comatose state after rupturing his skull. Say Sue Me fans, as well as other indie bands from Busan raised over 13 million Won (South Korean currency) in one day to help pay for his medical bills.

The band brought on new drummer Chang-won to temporarily replace Se-min and named their 2017 EP, the Record Store Day release, “Semin” after the injured drummer.That year, the band also released a self-titled compilation album on UK record label Damnably.

In 2018, Say Sue Me release their second album “Where We Were Together”, followed a week later by the Record Store Day EP “It’s Just a Short Walk!”, which includes covers of songs by Blondie, the Ramones, the Velvet Underground, and the Beach Boys. That year, the band performed at SXSW, marking their first performance in the United States and toured the UK and Europe. At the end of the year, the band released the holiday EP, “Christmas, It’s Not a Biggie”.

Say Sue Me’s musical style has been described as surf rock or “surfgaze.” The band has said that their surf rock sound was not intentional, but was likely influenced by their seaside hometown Busan and their practice room’s proximity to the beach. You can also definitely hear a big Dream-Pop influence on their sound.

Of the three bands on the Goldenweek Tour Sue Say Me are least favourite. I’m not really a fan of Dream-Pop, surf music or jangly Indie-Rock. However, their best such as ‘After Falling Asleep’, ‘To Be Wise’, the trashy almost Velvet Underground-y ‘Beginning to See the Light’ and I also like the darker ‘Spy On Motorbike!”. I can also appreciate the band’s musical skill and I believe that fans of the genres the band fits into will love them.

You can check Sue Say Me’s music and the Goldenweek Tour Spotify playlist below.

Comment below with what you think of Sue Say Me.


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Late last year a single called ‘Yesterday’ by an Artist called Connie Constance popped up in a Spotify Release Radar playlist and I liked it and was intrigued by it. My first thought was that I couldn’t place what music might have influenced this combination of Synths and Soul. This week listening to Constance’s debut album “English Rose” it hit that it was Stevie Wonder that was the Artist ‘Yesterday’ was indirectly referencing. It’s this that really sums up Constance and her music, she’s really hard to pin down and reading her Artist bio it starts to make sense this is a person whose never fit in. Constance grew up in Watford a suburb of North London and pretty leafy, white middle class one at that. She stuck as a young mixed girl surrounded by white people.

This is a theme that continues throughout the album with neither Constance’s voice, lyrics nor the music styles and elements she’s using fitting nicely into easy categorization. Her voice can easily be compared to Otis Redding, Ari Up from The Slits and Bjork (though she doesn’t push her voice as far as a young Bjork did) and the music ranges from Neo Soul ballads to Indie Rock stomp via nods to contemporary dance music. Another helpfully reference point is Amy Winehouse due the F-Bombs, bitter songs about exes, unashamed use of her London accent and the fact that across the album she can sound both young and wise beyond her years. All-in-all though Connie Constance is Connie Constance a square peg in a round hole. Check out “English Rose” below and let me know what you think if the Comments below:

 

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