Suffer Like G Did
Bands like these aren’t born overnight. Suffer Like G Did spawned some seven years ago, and as all meaningful groups are, were cemented by a mutual love and core understanding of instrumentation, groove, and melody. The ‘Orange‘ EP, also, has been years in the making, despite being recorded in a handful of snatched hours. Yet while SLGD have carried these songs with them for some time now, they have skillfully worked this to their advantage. Having had the pleasure of witnessing these tracks live over a dozen times now, I’m yet to see the same version twice.
Such invention has led Suffer to craft a unique modern persona within their sound – one which is wholly edifying beyond its years. It’s music for music lovers, yes, but without the busyness of a haughty vocalist, the listener is instead invited to consider intricacies that unfold further with every listen. Like a good book, the true nature is only revealed to those who commit beyond the cover; depth which cannot be fully summarised by a few synoptic lines or rave reviews (and still I try).
Yet their acumen is there for all to hear, and it hasn’t happened by chance. The devotion and contemplation behind each note, each transition, each dynamic ebb and flow, has been diligently crafted with output in mind. The sum of all parts organically amalgamate to create a solid, vital whole. On record this is palpable, however, the live set which the band have honed over time is nothing short of admirable within its own right – leasing new life into the already vibrant melodies, igniting fresh energy into the electricity of their sound.
‘Golden Capital A‘ races in with surefire vitality, keen to draw you closer with its allure, never boastful when it inevitably does. ‘Bring Me The First Aid Kit‘ too carries with it an inherent swagger; its first half acting as a spring frolic before the second sweeps in seamlessly, crisp as fall. There’s some true beauty to behold between the guitars, some real skill behind the bass, and few earthly words to describe the man on the kit. Completing this ménage à trois is ‘Reload! Reload!‘ – a relic – one of the earliest written but still Tupperware-fresh on record.
As an accompaniment to ‘Orange‘ (pressed, printed, and distributed via their own label, Bwains), the band invited producers to remix their work by making the track stems available online – an invitation which was well received with justifiably variable results. This alone demonstrates the diverse and welcoming nature of their tone – instead of alienating others by binding to genre, there is instead a sense of community and collective, and an inherent respect within that.
Latest release Beow is big. A middle eight that echoes like Obstacle one down the hallway.
Produced by Milk Time Productions
Cameras: Niall Coffey, Nick Ellis
Edit: Nick Ellis
Sound Recording & Dubbing Mix: Thomas Le Beau Morley
Lighting provided by http://beatcast.tv
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