Posts Tagged ‘The Suckers’

“Mayday” — new single from The Suckers

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I’ve just released a new single about what happened in downtown Seattle this morning. It’s my attempt to “Born in the USA” the smashers with a chorus that sounds jingoistic but verses that underscore the stupidity of it all. Here it is:


There are a couple of B-Sides, too. Really the whole single has a Seattle feel. The first B-Side is a quick ditty called “Give Me a Break” that’s about the upcoming vote on gay marriage in the state. The final track is a cover of “Message in a Beer Bottle” by Screeching Weasel and its link to Seattle is a little more tenuous… the narrator of the song describes walking in the rain. It’s weak, but I’ve got to have some sort of theme!

The whole single is available for download on the Music section of the site. I guess this means it will be a part of some new Suckers album at some point in the future. Stay tuned.

Coming Soon: New Album From The Suckers

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I’ve been working on this album for a long time (since my last year of school, if you can believe it). It started out with direct-input guitars but I decided I didn’t like the sound and re-recorded with real, live guitar running through an amp into a microphone — something I hadn’t done since Misanthropomorphic. I also went back and re-sequenced the drums because I didn’t like their sound. I had started on vocals in early summer of 2008 (before Carrie came back from Europe when I had the house all to myself), but stopped for a long time with only about a third of the songs complete. I finally got started with the vocal re-recording around late January (starting from scratch), right before we decided to move. So I got over half the vocals laid down in Montana, and have started work on the remainder. I also considered re-doing the bass lines with my new bass (as my old one had started developing tuning problems), but decided to keep those in the interest of ever finishing the record.

The Suckers are a pop-punk band. When I say pop-punk, I mean in the traditional sense: three chords and simple melodies. Influences include The Ramones, Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Teen Idols, and other bands like that. Since I’ve been mixing as I go, I can post a few preview tracks:

  • Bumper Sticker Warrior — A fast, snotty song about people who outwardly appear to care about an issue, but don’t do anything about it.
  • 4 a.m. — A short little song about being unable to sleep.
  • Not Buying In — A song about trying not to be defined by what you don’t have.

I’m actually going to announce a release date ahead of time, in the effort of giving myself some sort of pressure to finish the album and not endlessly tinker with it. Look for it on August 24, 2010.