The Sueves are probably the best garage punk band of recent vintage from Chicago. The Sueves particular take on weirdo avant-garage is indebted to the Midwest more than many of their West Coast counterparts. I hear a lot of Detroit (Clone Defects) in this, and some Cleveland too. It’s weird and soulful. I’d say more recently The Sueves are descendants of Chicago bands like Functional Blackouts or Daily Void. Dark, twisted, soulful, with plenty of tough hooks.
The Sueves are not peddlers of fashion conscious psych rock or beachy pizza punk, so I think they’ve been underrated in the current climate. If they veer into surfy stuff it’s damaged, bleak, and an ultimately Midwestern take, which brings us to “Never Been To The Beach”. This is a stab at some haunted surf punk, but it’s a tense and venomous statement. It’s on their new LP, R.I.P. Clearance Event (HoZac Records), the follow up to 2016’s Change Your Life.
When asked to shed some light on any possible meaning behind this cut, Sueves frontman Joe Schorgl says, “It’s is a song inspired by the overload of image and sound streaming through our networked pocket computers. I daydream of false fantasies from a cold midwestern apartment while digitally tethered to mild friends showcasing their better times. I’ve also never been to the west coast and would really like to go.”
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