When: Wed., Nov. 6 2013
dark country, 9 p.m.
Despite having only been a band for a short time, the Holy City Americana combo Susto is recording its first full-length album and looking to release it in February. Susto frontman Justin Osborne, the former lead vocalist of Sequoyah Prep School, says he was lucky to find like-minded musicians who wanted to collaborate on the songs he has been demoing for the past year, including Johnny Delaware, who released a killer solo LP last year called Secret Wave. “The thing I love most about performing with these guys is the chemistry,” Osborne says. “We all come from different backgrounds, but there is a level of experience we all have that makes playing together natural.” Osborne describes the band’s sound as “beach country,” and while many of the tracks they’ve been producing have a mellow, easy-going Western spirit (see the cosmic country shuffler “Friends, Lovers, Ex-Lovers, Whatever” and the Wilco-esque pop of “Acid Boys”), there’s also a touch of darknesss. “We want our lyrics to be reflective of reality,” Osborne says. “When we write songs, it is very much influenced by our actual experiences.” —Tamara Younkins Tonight