It was a reasonably sunny and heat night in Glasgow (no less than for a early Might night in Scotland) after I headed over from Edinburgh to see Say Sue Me play their sole Scottish date of their UK tour. The venue chosen, the CCA within the metropolis centre, is understood for attracting a reasonably various and open minded viewers and I instantly observed a variety of ages from individuals of their late teenagers as much as one older man with a strolling stick who needed to transfer to the entrance for a seat on the stage in between units.
There have been three acts taking part in with the group second on the invoice after native band Breakfast Muff and earlier than headliners Otoboke Beaver, an all feminine punk-rock four-piece from Kyoto. The viewers took some time to heat to the assist act however by the point Say Sue Me got here out an enthusiastic crowd had shaped prepared for the band.
The group was precisely how I’d anticipated, however in the easiest way. Contemplating their drummer had joined them only some days earlier than for this tour (the band’s unique drummer could be very sadly in a coma after an accident and the band have been fundraising for his healthcare prices) their taking part in was very tight and you would instantly inform every member was very into and devoted to their music – all the time a great signal in the beginning of a gig.
Their uncommon mix of straight up surf rock and 90s fashion indie is just not one thing you hear typically within the chilly west of Scotland however their beach-side origins permeated by means of the music and transported the gang from a cool spring Glasgow night to a scorching summer season Busan night time. The band’s focussed taking part in nearly pressured all of us to actually take note of their music and though there wasn’t a lot interplay between them and the viewers in the course of the songs, there have been plenty of optimistic interactions between lead singer Sumi and the gang in between and there was undoubtedly plenty of goodwill in the direction of the group.
Say Sue Me are an understated group. There are not any frills of their performances or the garments they put on on stage however that’s one among their large strengths. Their uncooked ardour actually shines by means of and permits anybody who takes the time to concentrate to understand their music. The rebellious antipathy of title observe Say Sue Me‘s “Once I depart this job, I’ll by no means get a brand new a brand new job” undoubtedly resonated with the viewers and it was simply what all of us wanted on a drained Wednesday night time.
All in all, the band have been a powerful dwell act and their chilled out however enjoyable music was the proper antidote for the unbridled insanity to come back from the relentless Otoboke Beaver.
Sadly I didn’t get the possibility to speak to the group in particular person however they kindly answered a number of questions by e-mail beforehand.
Say Sue Me by Say Sue Me
How would you describe your new album?
‘Say Sue Me’ is our debut launch outdoors Korea and it’s a compilation of our 2014 debut album We’ve Sobered Up and our 2015 EP Massive Summer season Night time with a bonus new track from 2017. We’ve additionally launched Semin, a 7 inch vinyl four observe remastered EP with 2 beforehand launched songs and a pair of new tracks.
Who and what are your most important influences as a gaggle?
We’re actually impressed by outdated surf music, outdated pop, outdated storage rock, and 90’s indie bands like Yo La Tengo, Pavement, and Seam.
You’re identified for having a powerful surf rock affect. What attracts you to that fashion?
Truly, we didn’t intend to try this fashion. However, our observe room is de facto near the seashore, so we predict it simply makes us to try this sort of fashion.
Why did you resolve to group up with a British label for this launch?
They contacted us and we thought it will be good probability for us. Additionally, as you understand, British rock scene have nice impact on rock & roll world. We need to be part of it.
Indie music in Korea tends to be related to Seoul and notably areas like Hongdae. What’s the music scene in Busan like and the way has it influenced your music?
Venues in Busan prefer to have audiences ingesting and dancing. They’ve a pure rock & roll soul. That’s made us into actual rock & rollers.
How does taking part in gigs within the UK examine to again house? What do you consider the audiences?
We simply completed the primary present in London. They targeted on our taking part in and it was pretty!
Your songs are largely in English. Do you suppose that helps individuals from different elements of the world join together with your music?
I believe so, to some extent, nevertheless it’s not an important factor.
Now you’ve ticked the UK off the record, is there anyplace else you’d prefer to tour?
Anyplace within the E.U.!
Say Sue Me have now completed their tour with Otoboke Beaver however you’ll be able to catch them at Focus Wales over the subsequent couple of days. You can too discover them on Fb and Twitter.
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