Date(s) - 24/04/2018
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Colchester Arts Centre
Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Friends since 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) met drummer kang Semin at high school and played in band’s together until the winter of 2012, when one day they were drinking tea and beer at a tea shop in Nampo-dong, when Sumi arrived. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting and together they create a fuzz aquatically themed reverb soaked melancholia. The bands practice room is located in five minutes on foot from Gwangalli Beach in Busan but it’s the love of 60’s surf that adds a lustfor the liquidic, tethered with a healthy 90’s US indie rock inspiration (Seam, Yo La Tengo, Pavement).
Sadly the original drummer is now recovering from a semi-comatose state. While they eagerly await his recovery, they met the new drummer Chang won through the internet.
Formed in 2012, they released their 1st album [We’ve Sobered Up] in 2013 and EP [Big Summer Night] in 2014 on Korean Indie label Electric Muse.
Damnably Records of London, England released a Record Store Day exclusive 7″ EP [Semin] and Compilation album of 1st and EP [Say Sue Me] in UK/Europe to coincide with the bands debut UK tour supporting Japan’s Otoboke Beaver that started at a sold out 100 Club in London.
The band have picked up considerable BBC6Music Radio play from Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts and were included in the BBC introducing Spotify Playlist. John Kennedy on Radio X has also been championing them.
Say Sue Me’s second album will be released in spring of 2018 when they also showcase at SXSW before their debut solo UK & Europe Tour.
“Twee, but not too twee, Busan, South Korea four-piece Say Sue Me is my favorite recent random discovery. They released this endearing, 18-song self-titled album in April. Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.” The Fader
“a sweet-sounding tune about staying upbeat even when you’re feeling down on yourself.” The Fader (Good for some reason review)
“The quartet play an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill. Frontwoman Sumi Choi is a witty lyricist, and she writes songs about normal things such as going to work, drinking too much, feeling lonely (“Long Night and Crying”), or being a problem child (“One Week”) in relatable, humorous way. Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm. Many, such as the title track, are often quite funny…Summer’s winding down, but Say Sue Me deserve a spot on your playlist before the last warm night of the year has passed into memory. Mariana Timony Bandcamp Daily Feature
“It’s 2.50(Good for Some Reason) of deliriously lovely vocals, instrumentation and an attitude that just wants to brighten up your day however you’re feeling. And coming from a band with such a tragic back story? I love them even more for that. An absolute must for indie discos around the country.” Louder Than War
“The group hails from South Korea, but don’t let that fool you, as they seem to have the same knack for crafting infectious hooks as everyone’s indie darlings, Alvvays….”Austin Town Hall
“The Korean quartet Say Sue Me comes from the city of Busan in South Korea and create English-language guitar perfection with influences from both shoegaze and punk.” Popmani (Sweden)
SAM EAGLE & THE LEMON LIZARDS
Sam Eagle & The Lemon Lizards twist Sam’s songs into live format, bringing singer songwriter into the indie genre. For fans of Thundercat, Tom Misch and Radiohead – The Lizards blend a range of genres and styles in their sound, creating an eclectic set.
“So odd that it took me a couple of listens to appreciate it as the work of a genuinely free-ranging musical brain… It’s not quite like anything I’ve ever heard before.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Tickets: £7 / £6 concessions