With the release of the Make Some Room EP, Houston, TX-based dectet The Suffers have exploded on to the national scene this year as the band has played festival sets at Hangout Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Neon Desert Music Festival, their second CMJ appearance, made their national television debut during the last season of Late Show with David Letterman, and performed as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, where they performed stripped down and sultry versions of EP singles “Giver,” “Midtown,” and “Gwan.”And in that same period, the Houston-based dectet have become blogosphere darlings, as they’ve added their name to a growing list of acts playing the beloved, old-school soul sound including Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields and the Expressions and an incredibly diverse array of regionally-known, nationally known and internationally-based acts.
“Stay,” the latest single off their critically acclaimed and commercially successful Make Some Room, and the first single off the band’s highly-anticipated full-length debut is a slow-burning, sweet and sensual ballad about nearly taking a kind and caring lover for granted because of your own demons and insecurities and recognizing just before it’s too late that you’ve actually stumbled a love that’s rare and very real. Yes, the band is super tight but the MVP is by far lead vocalist Kam Franklin, whose vocal range channels that of Chaka Khan and Sharon Jones — and much like those two great vocalists, Franklin’s vocals expresses heartache, hard-fought experience and wisdom, joy and longing within a turn of a phrase. Interestingly, the song thematically reminds me of Richard Ashcroft‘s fantastic debut effort, Alone With Everybody in particular, I think of “Song for the Lovers,” “I Get My Beat,” “Brave New World,” and “You On My Mind In My Sleep” as the song feels like a contented sigh — and seems to say “I’ve never had a love like this before . . .”
The recently released music video follows an an absolutely adorable couple at a rooftop Suffers show. From how the couple interacts throughout the course of the video, they’re not only sublimely and deliriously happy and right for each other, there’s a sense that they have their own language and natural rhythms. Maybe they’ve fought before the show or even during the show, but when the woman grabs her man’s hand at the beginning of the song, it seems to say “you’ve always been the one.” Interestingly, throughout a dark creature, which could represent one’s own insecurities, failed relationships and bruised psyche follows along, hoping to mess things up to fulfill a self-fulfilling prophesy — only to see that this couple’s love is real and joyful. Just seeing this couple be joyful and in so much love is something that should make you feel happy for their happiness.
The band’s self-titled full-length debut is slated for release on February 12, 2016 but they close out the year with sets in Austin and Houston before going on an extensive tour with Lake Street Dive next year to support their album — and it includes at NYC stop at The Beacon Theatre. Check out the your dates below and catch them at a music venue near you.