Some bands are good at making good music. Some bands are good live. What separates the great bands from the “eehhhhhhh” bands is the ability to make believers everywhere you go. A perfect example of this are The Suzan. I’ve seen them a few times now and they consistently blow my mind.
I still remember the first time seeing them. I almost left the show right after the prior bands set. One of the band members was like, “Dude what do you think you’re doing? You’re leaving? Are you kidding me The Suzan are soooooooooo good.” Because his band kicked so much “arse” literally 2 minutes prior I had to give him the benefit of the doubt on his opinion of awesome bands.
I remember after that set I was talking about them for the next week. Even though I was seeing about 6-7 sets a day during that festival, only a few really stood out to me. After seeing them the first time I’ve kept my tabs on them. Every time I had a chance I would take a few of my friends to their set or show them videos I shot of them. Like clock work all of them joined the cult.
The clip I’m about to show you was shot during the Brain-Cave Festival at Europa recently. I made my way around the venue conversing with a bunch of familiar faces. The first thing I had to ask each of them was, “Have you heard The Suzan before?”. The majority responded “no”.
This set really took me by surprise. Other than the first time I saw them at Crest Fest, I haven’t seen them in the presence of a serious crowd. You could tell most of the people had no clue who they were or what was about to happen. Fools Gold are no fools. Speaking of which did anyone go to Atrak at Webster Hall Saturday? It was amazing!! I’m off topic, lets get back to the topic at hand. If someone is fortunate enough to land on that label you have to make the assumption there is something special there.
Not to my surprise, like clock work, about 40 seconds in I could see people in the crowd turning left and right at their peers with bug eyes in shock. It’s OK be amazed at how righteous they are. It happens to the best of us. For all you Suzanites out there, here is a little fix to that craving of yours. I’d tell you to enjoy but that is unnecessary. They got it all covered. Great set girls! I didn’t even think it was possible for you girls to get any better but every show, every time, you prove me wrong.