PREMIERE: SUSU – ‘Slow Death’

Breathing new life into a rock and roll classic, New York outfit SUSU have shared their new single ‘Slow Death’, a cover of the Flamin’ Groovies 1986 original track. Taken from their debut EP Panther City, which is set for release on 13th November, SUSU have put their own spin on the single with their powerful vocals and interweaving harmonies.

Formed of vocalists and songwriters Liza Colby and Kia Warren, SUSU want to provide listeners with a soundtrack to everyday America. “Whether you are on the bus or not, SUSU will always be USUS,” Colby & Warren explain, and this message of unity is underscored by the sounds of fellow band members Joey Wunsch (guitar), Ronnie Bruno (drums) and Connor McClelland (bass).

On ‘Slow Death’, SUSU have maintained the swirling psych-tinged guitar sounds of the Flamin’ Groovies’ original, with Colby & Warren’s vocals freshening up the classic track. “We aren’t shy about being black women in Rock and Roll. There is an aliveness, an awareness, and a spirituality to SUSU that are both timely and timeless,” Colby explains. That’s exactly what they captured on their previous single ‘Work Song‘ and once again on this latest release.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Death’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

PREMIERE: The Dead Zoo – ‘Mother’

Filled with buoyant guitar sounds and dream-pop beats, London-based band The Dead Zoo are set to share their debut single ‘Mother’ tomorrow on 31st July, but you can listen to it exclusively today on GIHE.

Released via Rock Noir Recordings, the track is a cover of 90s J-Pop duo PUFFY AmiYumi‘s popular single, and has been shared to help raise funds for the #saveourvenues fundraiser.

The Dead Zoo recorded and mixed ‘Mother’ whilst separated during the early days of the covid-19 lockdown period. Sung by front-woman Kaoru in her native language of Japanese, the track is a gentle “mood-lifter” with its jangly guitar sounds and sweet melodies. Kaoru and the band are keen to use this single release to raise awareness about the grass roots music venues who are currently struggling to cope under the restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic.

Kaoru explains the band’s motivations further: “Our version [of ‘Mother’] has gone down really well in our live shows to date. Without the existence of smaller venues and promoters, we would literally not have even been able to get a start. We mustn’t forget that pretty much every UK artist that we now know and love got their start in the sort of places that are now in grave peril.”

All proceeds from sales of the single on The Dead Zoo’s bandcamp page will be donated to the Save Our Venues fundraiser from The Music Venue Trust. You can also pre-save the track here.

 

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

PREMIERE: Novaa – ‘Universe Lullaby’

A tender ode to the unconditional nature of paternal love; Novaa has shared her latest single ‘Universe Lullaby’. Taken from her upcoming album, The Futurist (due in September), the track is a subtle blend of earnest vocals and minimal electronics that allow Novaa’s moving sentiments to take centre stage.

Based in Berlin, Novaa’s sound is influenced by many things: new technologies, the neutrality of shared experience, and even physics. On her upcoming album, she wants to “break down really complicated matters into something more understandable and emotional”, and ‘Universe Lullaby’ is a fine example of this. Its polished production allows Novaa’s  humble lyrics to reassure listeners that it’s important to appreciate being loved, but also to love yourself at the same time.

She explains the context of the track further: “My dad is my hero. Not because of all the crazy and self-less things that he does for me. But because more than anything he wants me to trust in myself. I wrote ‘Universe Lullaby’ as a birthday present for him. The night before I wrote the song I remember having a mental breakdown after I came home from work. I was tired, worn-out, crying and couldn’t move. I called my dad and without saying a lot, he managed to calm me down and help me to get up again. The next day ‘Universe Lullaby’ came into being. I wrote the whole song acapella. So keeping the production sparse and minimalist felt right and natural. When I produced it I only added the vocoder, some choir and harmonies and the song was finished.”

Novaa’s understated creation transcends the context of her own experience, making ‘Universal Lullaby’ a comforting listen in times of self doubt. Listen to the track below and follow Novaa on Facebook & Spotify for more updates.

 

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

PREMIERE: Naoise Roo – ‘Sick Girlfriend’

A slow-burning guitar tune that satirizes the representation of women with mental health issues; ‘Sick Girlfriend’ is the latest single from Irish artist Naoise Roo, set for release on 27th March. The track is lifted from her upcoming EP of the same name, due on 24th April.

Produced by Liam Mulvaney (Girl Band, The Radio, Fionn Regan) and featuring Daniel Fox (Girl Band) on bass and Rian Trench (Solar Bears) on drums and synths; Naoise Roo’s new EP is an exploration of women’s experiences in the music industry, and the stereotypes that continue to burden women who struggle with poor mental health.

Speaking about the eponymous track, Naoise explains: “I wanted to write something that showed the objectification that I’ve seen depicted, and in turn, the reality I’ve experienced within relationships having suffered with mental health issues all my life”. Despite these setbacks, Naoise continues to move forward by creating relatable, optimistic indie offerings.

Listen to ‘Sick Girlfriend’ below, and follow Naoise Roo on Facebook & Spotify for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut