Photos – SUSTO at the Cobalt, Vancouver, April 3 2017
– photos by Audrey Alexandrescu
Susto (pronounced Soos-Toe) at the Cobalt in Vancouver on Monday night.
The Charleston five-piece recently released the album & I’m Fine Today. In support of the new release, the band has been headlining a 24-date winter tour in the U.S. and Canada. A 17-city North American tour in support of The Lumineers is scheduled to follow.
Susto has played festivals such as Stagecoach, Austin City Limits and AmericanaFest. The group has also opened for Shovels and Rope, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, Langhorne Slim, Futurebirds and Heartless Bastards.
The band recorded & I’m Fine Today at The Space in Charleston, SC. Of the record, founder and frontman Justin Osborne has said, “Something to take away from it is just understanding and appreciating when you’re not always fine. This album is about coming to terms with yourself and feeling okay with your place in the universe.”
Southern Gothic country
Their self-titled debut was released in April 2014. Charleston City Paper describes the record as “Southern Gothic country through and through.” A North American tour playing shows with Shovels and Rope and Band of Horses followed. In April 2015, the group released a live album featuring Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses and later went on to be the support act for Bridwell and Iron & Wine on their fall 2015 tour.
SUSTO is comprised of Osborne (vocals, guitar), Dries Vandenberg (guitar), Marshall Hudson (drums), Jenna Desmond (bass) and Corey Campbell (guitar, keys). The band name derives from a medical syndrome specific to Latin American culture that roughly translates as “panic attack.”
Last summer, they released the standalone single “Chillin’ On The Beach With My Best Friend Jesus Christ”. The single premiered on Nerdist. The website noted that the track is “a catchy folk tune that functions as both bible camp parody and beachfront anthem. Regardless of whether you’re a believer, non-believer, or something in between, it’s tough to argue [the track] isn’t a ton of fun.”