One year ago Say Sue Me were not yet a part of our lives here at Overblown. Thanks to their lovely UK label Damnably we were fortunate enough to host a premiere of their Record Store Day 2017 release. Already it feels like Say Sue Me have been around forever, their alluring indie pop/rock charm is both refreshing and timeless. Their new music feels absolutely essential, take some time to absorb the live version of ‘Old Town’ and prepare to devote the years and months ahead to your new favourite band.
For our pleasure Say Sue Me have put together a playlist of albums they love, a sort of kaleidoscope of records that begin to explain where Say Sue Me’s own sound comes from, that or they’re just keen to show off their impeccable taste. Either way we’ll take advantage and enjoy it. Have a listen and read about why these are essential records to the band’s members.
1Cat Power, The Covers Record
It’s hard to describe why I like this so much. Everyone has their own uniqueness, like a hidden color, shape, or smell: when we hear music possessing such qualities sympathetic to our own, we’re drawn to it. I love the depth of spirit in these deceptively simple covers. Cat Power makes these songs wholly her own: sad and wonderful. – Sumi
2Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted
This is the first Pavement album I heard and the one I’ve listened to most. All of the songs are great. In my mind, this album is the Platonic ideal of “indie rock.” – Sumi
3The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
Lou Reed’s music is very stylish and feels strikingly elegant. I think he possesses a beautiful spirit and is one of the world’s true geniuses. – Sumi
4Kim Ildu, 곱고 맑은 영혼 (A Pure and Beautiful Spirit)
With distinctively deep vocals and lyrics that stand up as poetry, Kim Ildu’s music makes me want to turn to face the world and warmly embrace it. – Sumi
5Yo La Tengo, Summer Sun & Seam, Are You Driving Me Crazy?
These are my favorite albums, respectively, by two American bands that first drew me into indie rock. Together with Pavement, these bands have probably formed the foundations of my guitar-playing. – Byunggyu
This is my favorite band in Korea. I think they perfectly express the vibe of 90’s indie rock, indie pop, and guitar pop. – Byunggyu
7Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash
This album feels like walking on snowy paths while the first snow of winter falls. The understanding soon arrives that winter is really here, and as does the feeling that the change is welcomed. We can be struck like so throughout the year, as the seasons turn, and this album evokes that complicated, flitting feeling and captures it. – Changwon
8Max Tundra, Mastered by Guy at the Exchange
It’s fun! It lifts my tired and lonely spirits and makes me do a frivolous and sexy dance. – Jaeyoung
9Grandaddy, The Sophtware Slump
All the melodies are hazy and moody, an effect compounded by the striking contrast between the filthy guitar and lucid keys. – Jaeyoung
If you’re lucky enough to be at SXSW make sure you check out Say Sue Me at the following venues:
• Mar 15 | 12:00pm – 12:40pm International Day Stage @ Austin Convention Center
• Mar 16ㅣ7:30pm – 9:10pm Korean Spotlight @ The Belmont
• Mar 17 | 1:00am – 1:50am @ Esther’s Follies
Catch Say Sue Me on tour across the UK and Europe. Full dates in the image below.