Some of the best things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or shoes and socks come out of collaboration or partnership. The Suffers are one of those things or at least their music is anyway.
I came across this group while perusing my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist, and of course, I headed over to YouTube to search for live performances. Fortunately, they made an appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert last October (video below). Be careful when watching, you will want to dance.
I was surprised to see that the band was comprised of such a large group–10 to be exact. That’s just not common these days but once they began to play, I realized I was hearing something very unique. The vocals of lead singer Kam Franklin are truly special but as I listened more, I realized that each member of the group Adam Castaneda (bass), Alex Zamora (guitar), Kevin Bernier (guitar), Cory Wilson (saxophone), Jon Durbin (trumpet), Michael Razo (trombone), Jose Luna (percussion), Patrick Kelly (keyboard), and Nick Zamora (drums) is equally as special.
They define their sound as Gulf Coast Soul, which I could definitely here. A few of the genres easily identifiable in their music are Latin, Jazz, Reggae and of course Soul. It would be very easy to make a mess of combining musical influences from various cultures. However, The Suffers, blend their various styles with great ease. I’m not sure how they do it, but they do it well, and I am glad I found them and have added their album to my music library. And of course, most important to me, the lyrics are good. They tell stories without being overly deep or complicated, which I thoroughly appreciate.
My favorite tracks are…well all of them. If I had to pick one track, it’d be Make Some Room (video linked below).
In addition to loving their music, I also love the official videos for several of their songs. I love seeing simple, well-through creative ideas come to life.