I thoroughly enjoyed the debut album of Brooklyn based art-rock band Suckers. That album Wild Smile mixes sunny whimsy with contrasting harmonies of its two lead singers Quinn Walker and Austin Fisher. And it works really well. Its standout tracks like It Gets Your Body Movin has a nervous restless energy to it that pushes the listener to another level of sonic psychedelia.
Their follow-up album Candy Salad is a slow and steady veer away from this direction. Besides losing drummer Brian Aiken, the psychedelia and a lot of the harmonies of the songs have disappeared. The good thing though is that the catchiness of the song-writing remains, as evidenced by lead single Chinese Braille. For the most part though, Candy Salad is a transition album, one that sees Suckers walking towards a more straight-forward and pop oriented sound.
Check out a live video of Chinese Braille from the band’s SXSW show below.
Suckers – Candy Salad comes out 4/24 via Frenchkiss (order here)