SXSW have announced that Say Sue Me of Busan, South Korea and didi of Columbus OH USA will play the Austin, TX based showcase festival in March 2018.
This will be both acts SXSW debut and Say Sue Me's North American debut & this event will have details of their showcases and related news.
Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Friends since 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) were introduced to drummer kang Semin and then they heard Sumi’s speaking voice and decided she should be the singer. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting.
Formed in 2012, they released their 1st album [We’ve Sobered Up] in 2013 and EP [Big Summer Night] in 2014 on Korean Indie label Electric Muse.
Damnably Records of London, England released a Record Store Day exclusive 7″ EP [Semin] and Compilation album of 1st and EP [Say Sue Me] in UK/Europe to coincide with the bands debut UK tour supporting Japan’s Otoboke Beaver that started at a sold out 100 Club in London.
The band have picked up considerable BBC6Music Radio play from Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts and were included in the BBC introducing Spotify Playlist.
‘Good For Some Reason’ is the bands new single to be released on Damnably as a split 7″ single (w/ Otoboke Beaver) and was premiered in The Fader
Say Sue Me’s second album will be released around January 2018 with UK/EU/JP/TW dates to follow.
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“Twee, but not too twee, Busan, South Korea four-piece Say Sue Me is my favorite recent random discovery. They released this endearing, 18-song self-titled album in April. Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.” The FADER
“a sweet-sounding tune about staying upbeat even when you’re feeling down on yourself.” The Fader (Good for some reason review)
“The quartet play an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill. Frontwoman Sumi Choi is a witty lyricist, and she writes songs about normal things such as going to work, drinking too much, feeling lonely (“Long Night and Crying”), or being a problem child (“One Week”) in relatable, humorous way.Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm. Many, such as the title track, are often quite funny…Summer’s winding down, but Say Sue Me deserve a spot on your playlist before the last warm night of the year has passed into memory. Mariana Timony Bandcamp Daily Feature
“It’s 2.50(Good for Some Reason) of deliriously lovely vocals, instrumentation and an attitude that just wants to brighten up your day however you’re feeling. And coming from a band with such a tragic back story? I love them even more for that. An absolute must for indie discos around the country.” Louderthanwar
“The group hails from South Korea, but don’t let that fool you, as they seem to have the same knack for crafting infectious hooks as everyone’s indie darlings, Alvvays….” Austin Town Hall
“Instantly loveable, “Good For Some Reason” is the radiant new track from Say Sue Me, a band who certainly sit as the only “surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea” that we’ve ever covered on GFP. Hazy, somewhat melancholy, but exuding a beautifully golden glow that lingers for long after the track has finished,…a wonderful burst of guitar pop,” GoldFlakePaint
didi are a quartet who found one another on the edges of the Columbus, Ohio DIY music scene in 2013. At University singer/guitarist Meg Zakany and drummer Sheena McGrath began jamming as a means of exorcising life's frustrations, then drafted in two musicians they'd admired from afar: singer/guitarist Kevin Bilapka-Arbelaez and singer/bassist Leslie Shimizu.
Both proud and embarrassed of their pop, math-rock & Indie-Rock influences, that include The Cranberries, No Doubt, Built To Spill and Oxes, but it's the Deal sisters they have the most in common with from off-kilter arrangement to breathy ohio accents. It's Meg's dream to tour with them.
Unusually, didi contains three singer songwriters (singing in both English & Spanish) which makes for a multiplicity of voices and insights contained within abrasive and melodious noisy pop songs. Together, their intersecting politics help nurture emotionally raw, honest Songs fueled by nostalgia and anxieties.
didi's eponymous 2015 debut, garnered admiration from Sadie Dupuis and enabled them to share stages with Speedy Ortiz, Sad 13, Diet Cig, Jay Som and Melkbelly.
Prevsiously self-released on Cassette & Bandcamp, Damnably Records now releases didi’s debut album worldwide on January 26th with UK/US tours on the horizon and their sophomore album due later this year.