NOW PLAYING: SUSTO's Uplifting and Confessional Session
    • TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

    • Posted by: Jake Holzman

    When SUSTO 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

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