stopped by the Baeble Office to play songs from their new album, & I’m Fine Today
, one of the most striking moments was when frontman Justin Osborne sang “You said you had a vision of Vietnam, you saw me jump on a grenade and watched my limbs fall off,"
during their song "Hard Drugs." Those lyrics stuck with us, and everything else they played in their set has just as much emotional resonance. While on the surface, their music might just sound like laid-back Americana, their detailed lyrics actually cover a much deeper, darker meaning. “Well I don’t care who’s asking, you can tell them the truth,"
Osborne sings, “I’ve had a hard time living and I know you’ve had a hard time, too."
It’s unsurprising that, in our interview with the singer, Osborne admitted to many of SUSTO’s songs being “confessional." Osborne’s deeply personal connection to songwriting shines through in “Waves," the first song of SUSTO’s set. It’s a song about trying to make your way through a relentless world, “It comes in waves / it’ll knock you off and drown you / if you can’t get past the breaks."
Sonically, with beachy, bright guitars and groovy bass, it even sounds like a wave. Justin Osborne also spoke candidly with us about his journey as a songwriter. This fascinating conversation included a story about the time he quit music, moved to Havana, and just found himself falling back into the process again, ultimately discovering that music was his “coping mechanism." When an artist is so willing to write this openly, it only makes it easier for an audience to connect with their music on deeper, more emotional levels. The band is also hitting the road, so be sure to check out their upcoming shows below.
06/01 Baltimore, MD @ WTMD Radio Play
06/03 Beach Haven, NJ @ Hop Sauce Festival
06/09 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
06/10 Chicago, IL @ RIBFEST
06/14 Lexington, KY @ Willie’s Locally Known
06/15 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
06/16 Evanston, IL @ SPACE
06/17 Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music
06/19 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
06/20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
06/22 Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
06/23 Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow
06/24 Yorkville, IL @ Solstice Music Festival
06/25 Charlotte, NC @ Moo & Brew
07/07 Asheville @ RiverMusic Festival
07/08 Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
07/09 Memphis, TN @ The Levitt Shell
07/27 Jackson, MS @ Martin’s
07/29 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
07/30 Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
08/01 Boise @ The Olympic.
08/02 Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage
08/03-4 Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
08/05 Bozeman, MT @ Sweet Pea Festival
08/08 Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth
08/09 Edmonton, AB @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern
08/12 Winnipeg @ Park Theatre