We knew Suckers
offered some pretty strange vibes through the inventive psychedelic pop skirmishes they serve up on stage. We didnt expect those vibes to translate to the street when we chatted with the band outside of a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom. While discussing their debut album Wild Smile
, some pretty interesting things started to happen. Have a look in this exclusive interview with the band. - David Pitz
In two short years, SUCKERS, aka Quinn Walker, Austin Fisher, Pan and Brian Aiken, emerged from their homebase at the Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a sound and aesthetic that garnered critical acclaim both in NYC and in the online community. Those same audiences-and a nationwide mass of new converts-found themselves fully enmeshed in SUCKERS' lush tapestry of joyous pop, style and imagination on their self-titled debut EP (produced by Yeasayer's Anand Wilder), released in April of 2009. The EP -and its hit single, "It Gets Your Body Movin'"-launched them to global acclaim via outlets such as Rolling Stone, NME, NPR, Nylon, Under The Radar, Stereogum, Interview and many more. With the members often simultaneously playing multiple instruments per song and singing, shouting and chanting in unison, the group's early shows (often featuring the band in face paint and costumes) were wild affairs featuring primal beats, future sounds, trumpet blasts, religious truths and the sheer enjoyment of three one-man bands playing together. The trio knew they were missing something or someone and added drummer/keyboardist Brian Aiken, fresh off a year abroad in Hungary. With Brian on board, the band hit their stride, packing local venues and sharing bills with friends and like-minded artists as Yeasayer, MGMT, Bear In Heaven, Chairlift and Real Estate.