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The Suzies roll up sleeves, power up amplifiers, and spin three-minute stereo sugar in the classic American rock tradition. While evoking 60’s pop, their songs run the gamut from stripped-down, red-dust Alabama rock ‘n’ roll to anthemic tales of running hot and coming up empty.
The group will perform in Tuscaloosa at Oz Music at 3pm for a special in-store session in support of their first self-titled release, and follow up the performance with a show at The Green Bar at 10pm.
“We’re looking forward to coming back to Tuscaloosa,” say Luke Buckley. “Willis and I both graduated from the University and everyone in the band is a big fan of the Crimson Tide.”
The Suzies began when an outsider in an unfamiliar place lost the love of his life, bonded with some kindred souls in rock ‘n’ roll and recorded one of the most unlikely and promising albums ever to come out of Mobile, Alabama.
Struggling to move forward from his heartbreak, a chance encounter between Buckley and The Tiles former bass player, Willis Garrett, at a house party provided a musical outlet. The two talked for hours about their favorite bands: The Ramones, The Zombies, The Replacements, Material Issue and Luna. Realizing their strikingly similar musical tastes, they decided to start a band.
“We loved classic, three-minute powerpop with songs named after girls,” says Garrett. “The name ‘The Suzies’ has a special place in the history of music.”
The Suzies full line-up recorded a three-song E.P., “Kill Your Boyfriend” , in 2011 before a seminal performance at SxSW in Austin, Texas. “People heard the E.P. and loved it,” says Hobbs. “Just after forming we were getting gigs all over the Gulf Coast and being asked to open for national acts like the Heartless Bastards, Tiffany and Memory House.” Mixing equal parts cold precision and chaos, the band won adoration with their frenetic showmanship.
The Suzies recorded their first full-length album in 2012 with the award-winning sound engineer and producer Phil ‘onious’ Pacetti, who reigns in the band’s wild spirit and harnesses their imaginative energy with surgical precision.
“I believe Luke is the best songwriter in town. His hooks, lyrics and use of melody are so impressive. All the guys in this band are hyper-creative and have the chops to execute their vision.” says Pacetti.