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When we caught up with The Suffers' Kam Franklin before the band's joyous Bands + Brews set, she assured us a few things would happen. "We'll be sober, and happy, full of energy, and trying to get people to kind of be a little distracted from all the not-cool stuff happening in the world," the seriously soulful siren told us. "We like reminding people that there's tons of awesome things to enjoy and still participate in...this event being one of them. We just want people to have a good time and find a little joy". This is as good as any musical mission I've ever heard, especially considering the times in which we live. So crack open a cold one, and enjoy the hell out of this Houston outfit's "Gulf Coast Soul". It's sure to make you feel all warm and gooey inside...which is precisely the kind of feeling we all need a little more of these days.

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to our Bands and Brews sessions here in Industry City.
This place feels like home but I ain't got no keys
I just need some floor space to rest these tired feet
Just show me what I need to do maybe tell me who I need to be
You see all these dreams I have boy, don't you still see, see
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh Ooh, ooh, oh, oh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh
These people trying to mess with all of my nice things
You see, they have no real clue ooh, oh, oh, yeah, what happiness means
You see, I know this is real yes, even if in my deepest pain
You see all I need is time I too will heal
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh Ooh, yeah
Oh, oh, ooh
Ooh, oh, oh
Ooh, yeah Ooh, oh
Please, let's go back to We used to love those deep red painted walls
White frames, all glass surrounding us
Boy, how's your life now? Did you marry that girl that
we talked about? Well, I hope you made it real
But sometimes, I can't lie, I wish it was me instead
Ooh
Do you ever wanna go back, go back to you and me
'Cause sometimes I need to go back, go back to you and me
Don't you ever to think to go back, go back to you and me?
Boy, it's been years now If I were to guess, maybe three or five
Has she been good to you, love you, moved you
Did she change your life?
I bet she does all those things that I would not do
Have I ever wronged you Ooh
Do you ever wanna go back, go back to you and me?
'Cause sometimes I need to go back, go back to you and me
Did you ever think to go back, go back to you and me?
Please, let's go back to the bar Those deep red painted walls white frames, all glass
Surrounding us But did you ever learn
That it's not all about you? Are you ever unsure
'Cause you're not changing No, no, oh
Ooh
Do you ever wanna go back, go back to you and me?
'Cause sometimes I need to go back, go back to you and me
Did you ever think to go back, go back to you and me?
Hey, yeah Go back, go away
Ooh Hey, yeah
Yeah, yeah Ooh
Go, babe, Go, babe
Go, babe Go, babe
Go, babe Go, babe
Ooh, babe I wanna go
Ooh, babe Can we go oh, oh
Oh, oh babe I wanna go oh, oh
- So for those of you that are seeing us for the first time, there are two things that we ask that you take from our shows.
That is the name of the band, which is The Suffers, and the city that we come from, which is Houston, Texas.
Because it makes no sense for you to come out and spend your evening with us and not remember what it was that you saw, even if it was for free.
So, I'm going to ask this a few times during our very short time together because it means a lot to me and also, I want to make sure that everyone here is coherent.
What is the name of the band on stage? - And where are we from? - Houston.
- All right, you guys.
I know it seems like we've been Waiting for a while now child
(for a while now child)
'Cause you've been loving me for a while now child
(for a while now child) Yeah
At times it seems like it may never come
(never come) No, no
But it'll all be worth it when it's said and done
So, slow it down, slow it down
Just let it go now baby, hey, hey, yeah There's no need to rush tonight
No, no There's no need to rush tonight
I know you've been so anxious, 'cause you want me
But baby, baby slow it down, because you got me
Oh, yeah Just know that we are on our way
Yey, yeah 'Cause all I need to know is that you,
you're here Slow it down, slow it down
Just let it go now, baby Slow it down, slow it down
No need to rush oh, oh, slow it down
Just let it got now baby Yeh, yeah, yey, hey, yes, now, yeah
My heart is calling for you (my heart is calling)
This heart is calling for you (this heart is calling)
My heart is calling for you (my heart is calling)
This heart is calling for you Don't you hear?
Don't you hear? (My heart is calling for you)
Don't you hear it, baby? (My heart is calling for you)
Don't you hear? (My heart is calling for you)
Don't you hear? (My heart is calling for you)
Don't you hear it, baby? (My heart is calling for you)
Don't you hear? Don't you hear?
Don't you hear it calling now? Don't you hear? Don't you hear?
Don't you hear it calling now? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, it's calling now.
Yeah, yeah, yeah
- Oh, man.
I'm so happy to see you guys here, by the way.
I lied when I said that I moved on
'Cause look it, baby, you're still headlining every song
I lied when I said that you weren't my first love
It's just when it came to other guys They all just seemed like the worst,
oh Stay with me,
'Cause I just, just I need you to stay with me
Come on, come on now, yes I never knew things could get so bad
It's just that I never recognized the good man that I had
I never wanted you to walk away, oh, no, ooh
But now I'm here hoping, hoping that you'll just
Stay with me, 'Cause I just, know
You stay with me
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, need you
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, want you back
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, need you
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, love you
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, need you
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, want you back
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, need you
I lied when I said I didn't, when I said I didn't, love you
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh Come on, come on now, yeah
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh Come on, come on now yeah
Tell me that you'll stay, tell me that you'll stay
Tell me that you'll stay, stay around Around, around darling
Oh, let me fit you
Let me fit you with a new glove Once I get with you
Oh, love, I swear that you'll never get enough
Once we get G'wan G'wan G'wan ooh, ooh
Yeah, yeah Once I get you
G'wan G'wan G'wan ooh, ooh Yey, yeah
Let me fix you Let me fix you up just the way I like
There'll be no breaks, love Because once we get it,
we'll be going at it all night Once we get
G'wan G'wan G'wan ooh, ooh Yeah, yeah
Once I get you G'wan G'wan G'wan ooh, ooh
Yey, yeah Going, I said going
Yeah, yeah, yeah Going, I said going
Yeah, yeah, yeah Going, I said going
Yeah, yeah, yeah Going, I said going
Yeah, yeah, yeah Let me hit you
Let me hit you up in a brand new way And once you hit, love
Boy you can bet that you'll be begging me to stay
Once we get G'wan G'wan G'wan ooh, ooh
Yeah yeah Once I get you
G'wan G'wan G'wan ooh, ooh Yeah, yeah
Going, I said going Yeah, yeah, yeah
Going, I said going Yeah, yeah, yeah
Going, I said going Yeah, yeah, yeah
Going, get you going Yeah, yeah, yeah
- Citizens of Brooklyn, New York can you please make some noise Going, I said going Yeah, yeah, yeah
Going, I said going Yeah, yeah, yeah
Going, I said going Yeah, yeah, yeah
- This next song, though, it is about showing love in very small ways.
Sometimes, it's something as little as just making time for somebody.
Sometimes, it's making them their favorite drink.
Sometimes, it's making them a sandwich when they forget to eat.
Because when you offer somebody some food, it's because you care about them.
You want to make sure that they're okay.
If they're one of those "hangry" people, you want to make sure that they don't yell at you.
I'm one of those people and I appreciate my friends that feed me.
But more than anything, sometimes, it's really lonely to be in a city that's so unfamiliar, that's so big, that's filled with so many people just trying to get ahead, that sometimes you forget that hugging is important.
Make some time for yourself, make some room for those people in your life that do the little things.
This song is called "Make Some Room.
" Thank you so much.
I know how to love
And I know who I am Just come on, let me love you a little
And help me understand Just tell me about your loss
And tell me about your gains 'Cause I will be everything
that you needed In just one little frame
Come on let me cook for you baby (come on)
Relax 'cause I'm cleaning too I love you like I've known you forever
I just need you to make some room Come on let me cook for you baby
(come on)
Relax 'cause I'm cleaning too I love you like I've known you forever
I just need you to make some room Honey, oh darling I do love you
You can show me off
To everyone you know You can trust that I'll act like a lady
Until you take me home To tell me about your loss
And tell me about your gains 'Cause I will be everything
that you needed In just one little frame
Come on let me cook for you baby (come on)
Relax 'cause I'm cleaning too I love you like I've known you forever
I just need you to make some room Come on let me cook for you baby
(come on)
Relax 'cause I'm cleaning too I love you like I've known you forever
I just need you to make some room Honey oh darling and I do love you
Can't you see? (can't you see)
How wonderful this love could be? If you just spend it with me
We could be (we could be) Something happy we both do need
So won't you need it with me This could be (this could be)
The happiness we both do need So won't you need it with me
This could be (this could be) Something wonderful we both do need
So won't you need it with me I know how to work
And I know how to please Just come on, put some trust in it baby
And I'll provide something to eat Just show me where it hurts
I'll kiss the pain away Then I will be everything
that you needed in just one little frame Come on let me cook for you baby
Relax 'cause I'm cleaning too
I love you like I've known you forever I just need you to make some room
Come on let me cook for you baby Relax 'cause I'm cleaning too
I love you like I've known you forever I just need you to make some room
Honey oh darling and I do love you
Can't you see? (can't you see) How wonderful this love could be?
If you just spend it with me We could be (we could be)
Something happy we both do need So can't you need it with me
This could be (this could be) the happiness we both do need
So won't you need it with me We could be (we could be)
Something wonderful we both do need So won't you need it with me
'Cause honey I, I, I Oh, I do love you.
Yey, yeah Yes honey, I
Oh, I oh, I Oh, I do love you
Yes
- So usually, this is the part of the song where I ask if you want a sandwich because I'll make one for you.
Now, John, what did I tell them at the beginning of the show? I told them if they saw somebody having a good time, let them have a good time.
I said, "If you see somebody just trying to enjoy themselves, enjoy themselves.
" It is so hard to let go and just have a good ass time sometimes.
If you're one of these people that get off on shitting on somebody else's good time, I feel bad for you.
I feel real bad for you.
Everybody out here in this beautiful fake grass having a nice time, trying not to shock each other, enjoying the sunset.
It's okay, she put her phone away.
Don't be filming people while they having a good time. I'm real... I hate that shit. Almost made me forget about my line.
I love food too much to be this upset about somebody being a pest.
That being said, I got to ask this, because it's important, very important.
Do you want a sandwich? Baby, baby
'Cause I'll make one for you Yey
You want a michelada? 'Cause I'll mix one for you.
Oh, baby Do you want some loving baby?
Oh, yes, oh, yes 'Cause I'll give that to you.
Oh, baby Yes honey I do, I do, I do
Yes, I always love you Oh, baby
Yes, honey, I do, I do, I do Yes, I always
Yes, honey, yes Honey, honey
I always love you Oh, baby
Yes, honey I always love you
- Thank you for coming.
I hope you had a good time.
Did you have a good time? Did you remember the name of the band? - The Suffers.
- Did you remember where we were from? - Houston.
- All right, we'll see you next time.
Thank you so much.
- And I meant to tell you, you all look real good.
You all came really dressed to impress.
I appreciate that.
You, you, all of you.
Let me light your cigarette
And lay your shoes down by the door I'll show you all the love you need
'Cause isn't that what you came here for?
Let me just massage your back
I'll run my fingers through your hair And show you all the love you need
And rid your worries While I'm there
'Cause I'm your giver Oooh, baby, I'll be your giver
Oooh, let me take away the pain Those girls before me may have caused
Bring new joy into your life 'Cause baby, you should have it all
Let me just be where you are I'm pretty sure it's, it's where I fit
And no, it ain't a hassle, baby 'Cause for you, it's all I hear
Oh, yey, yes 'Cause I'm your giver
Ooh, baby, I'll be your giver Oh, oh, baby, yes
I'll be your giver Is she your, your giver?
What do you need? What do you need?
What do you need? I am your giver
Is she your, your giver? I am your giver
Anything, anything you ask
I am your giver Is she your, your giver?
What do you need? What do you need?
What do you need? I am your giver
Is she your, your giver 'Cause anything, anything you ask
I'd say yes I'd say yes
I'd say yes I'd say yes
I'd say ye-e-e-e-e-e-s Y-y-y-y-y-yes
I was your giver Is she your, your giver?
What do you need? What do you need?
I didn't give up, would you? Is she your giver
I'll be your, your giver I am your giver
But does she take them? Does she take all of your,
your problems, baby? Tell me, does she take them?
Honey, does she take them? Does she take all of your,
your problems, baby?
When your bills were due Did she pay them?
When you couldn't eat food Did she feed you?
I did, I did, I did I gave you all you needed, babe
- You all have a great night.
Thank you so much, baby, for playing this song.
We'll see you all next time.
We're The Suffers from Houston, Texas.
Goodnight.
- Hi, this is Kam Franklin from The Suffers and you're watching Baeble Music.

Artist Bio

The Suffers are...
Houston's award-winning 8-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. Established in 2011, The Suffers lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose "Chapy" Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals.
The last 2 years have brought the band to new heights, as they played 300+ shows across North America, visited NPR in Washington, DC for a Tiny Desk Concert, made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman, and officially released their much anticipated self-titled album followed by performances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live.


This year they will embark on their first international tour and spread the sweet sound of Gulf Coast Soul across the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Australia. The Suffers have quickly progressed from packing Houston venues to accepting invitations nationally for featured performances at notable festivals and events, all while still remaining a local Houston favorite, accepting 23 Houston Press Music Awards in the last four years.

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