Charleston, South Carolina alternative band, SUSTO, just recently came off their North American tour. The five-piece band has made a name for themselves in the recent years playing high profile festivals including Stagecoach, Austin City Limits along with opening slots with The Lumineers and Band of Horses.
Earlier this year, the band released their record, & I’m Fine Today via Dine Alone Records, and it was recorded at The Space in South Carolina. Frontman Justin Osborne says, “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.”
Down below you can purchase a copy of the band’s record, & I’m Fine Today, and look out for their headline tour dates later this year. More information including next year’s plans, and a new deluxe edition of the record is with our interview below!
SUSTO TOUR DATES
September 9—Raleigh, NC—Hopscotch
September 19—Nashville, TN—Americanafest
September 15-17—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 29—Harmony, NC—VanHoy Farms
September 30—Roseland, VA—Devil’s Backbone Hoopla
* SUSTO headline, no Esmé
^ Esmé headline, no SUSTO
† support by Liz Cooper & The Stampede ‡ support by Dawg Yawp
October 10 — Indianapolis, IN — Hi-Fi^
October 11 — Lexington, KY — The Burl^
October 12 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
October 13 — Washington, DC — U Street Music Hall
October 14 — Charlotte, NC — Visulite Theatre
October 15 — Richmond, VA — The Camel
October 18 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle
October 19 — Pittsburgh, PA — Cattivo
October 21 — Charleston, SC — The Royal American
October 24 — New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom
October 25 — Ithaca, NY — The Haunt
October 26 — Allston, MA — Great Scott
October 27 — Londonderry, VT — House Show
October 28 — Burlington, VT — ArtsRiot
October 30 — Toronto, Ontario — Drake Hotel
November 1 — Ferndale, MI — Magic Bag
November 2 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
November 3 — Milwaukee, WI — The Backroom @ Colectivo
November 4 — Davenport, IA — The Village Theatre
November 5 — Goshen, IN — Ignition Garage* ‡
November 8 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s* ‡
November 9 — Saint Paul, MN — Turf Club* ‡
November 10 — Madison, WI — High Noon Saloon* ‡
November 11 — Columbia, MO — Rose Music Hall* ‡
November 16 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East* † ‡
November 17 — Birmingham, AL — Saturn* ‡
November 18 — Columbia, SC — Music Farm* ‡
November 30 — New Orleans, LA — Gasa Gasa
December 1 — Houston, TX — Studio at Warehouse Live
December 2 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
December 3 — Dallas, TX — Club Dada
December 5 — Phoenix, AZ — Valley Bar
December 7 — San Diego, CA — Soda Bar
December 8 — West Hollywood, CA — Roxy Theatre
December 9 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst Atrium
December 10 — San Francisco, CA — The Independent
December 12 — Portland, OR — Mississippi Studios
December 13 — Seattle, WA —Tractor Tavern
December 14 — Boise, ID — The Olympic
December 15 — Salt Lake City, UT — Kilby Court
December 16 — Denver, CO — Globe Hall
December 20 — Daphne, AL — Manci’s Antique Club*
December 21 — Mobile, AL — Callaghan’s Irish Social Club*
December 22 — Atlanta, GA — Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center*
(Answered by: Justin Osborne)
You guys have toured with The Lumineers previously in North America for seventeen dates. How was that experience?
The tour with The Lumineers was really cool for us because it was great exposure and we never did an arena tour like that. It was amazing to play for that many people every night, and to see The Lumineers work along with performing because they’re on a new level as a band. Its good for us to take some of those lessons to our own tours.
Was there a city you were very excited to perform at?
Yeah, I think going into that we were excited to go to all of the places we hadn’t been before especially some of the Western Canadian like Manitoba and Alberta. Some of us have never been out there before so it was cool to go play for new people and to see the new scenery. It was really fun though!
You have also played at many well-known festivals including Stagecoach, and Austin City Limits. How does that differ from performing a show on a tour? Do you receive newer fans in the crowd? Or is it an equal amount at a festival and your own show?
I feel like a festival is somewhere in between like your own show and like being out opening for a big band like The Lumineers. A festival is going to have its own draw and there’s going to be people there for the festival and heard your name, but may not be very familiar with you. They might not have been able to come see your set because their schedule or whatever. It’s a good way to get new fans because people may have been wanting to see you or heard your name for a while so its good on a festival build and going to check them out. Its also a chance for your fans to see you along with their own favorite bands so its good for both. Its also a incredible for us to go backstage and to meet our peers or meet other people who have been doing this a lot longer than us so it’s a nice way to rub elbows with people in the music industry and start those relationships.
On your first headline tour, you sold out in many cities and one of them included San Francisco, CA. Did you expect to sell out in San Francisco or did you know you had many fans in Northern California?
We didn’t know we had many fans in Northern California. I guess when the shows went on sale there was immediately a big response in some of the cities so San Francisco was one of them and we had a lot of pre-sold tickets already out of the gate. We thought we might sell it out and we were really surprised on how many cities did sell out because it was sort of our first headline tour. It was really fun to play in those smaller venues with packed out crowds and have everyone really be into what we were doing and not having to be the opener. San Francisco was definitely a highlight of the year.
At the moment, you’re on tour in the United States, and you’ll be playing some dates in Canada. Do your shows differ when you play in Canada than the United States, or do you get the same hype from the crowd in both countries?
We play in the United States a lot more than we play in Canada. We played Toronto a couple of times and Montreal, but most of everywhere else we have only played once. The crowds are really similar to other US cities we go to like for the first time, but I’m excited to go back in the upcoming week to play in Alberta and Manitoba to see if any of our shows with The Lumineers brought us any fans. We had a great response in Canada and we’ve been trying to get back and hopefully people will be glad to have us play again. It will be fun either way, but I think Canada and The United States are obviously two different counties even though we share the most common language for the most part. I think it’s fairly easy for music to travel across the border because a lot of Canadian artists do well in the Us and vise versa. We really enjoyed going to Canada and we look forward to the shows coming up.
Your record, & I’m Fine Today, was released earlier this year via Dine Alone Records. How has the reaction been so far? How did you all create the album cover?
We had a pretty good reaction to & I’m Fine Today. Fortunately, we were really excited to get it out for its first proper release and yeah the reception has been good! We have been fortunate to play all over and for the support of the record in the US and Canada along with some upcoming European dates too. Hopefully people will continue to like what we’re doing and tell their friends about the record and look out for the next one!
As far as the album cover, it’s by a South American artist called Pablo Amarringo and he’s like an Ayahuasca shaman, a rainforest advocate, and an artist. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years back, but our drummer came across the painting that we used for our album cover so we had an idea of stuff we wanted to use like concepts to the rainbow, and to symbolize & I’m Fine Today. The rainbow comes after the storm and also we wanted to have snakes because we embrace snakes as our symbol of our band along with rebirth. Everything is constantly changing so that’s the story behind the record and the album cover. Once our drummer Marshall, showed me the cover, it was very striking and it would serve the record pretty well. I think every time you look at the cover art, you find something new. Hopefully that’s how you’ll see the vibe of the record too. Every time you listen back to it, you’ll find something new.
Lastly, can you give us any hints about what your future holds as a band? Any new music or tours?
Yes! Our record has only been out for like seven months so we’re still very much touring in support of that record and that will continue for a little bit more. We’ll be in Canada in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be in Europe solo and we’ll come back to do more festivals along with playing more headline shows in US and Canada in the fall. We also have the deluxe edition of & I’m Fine Today coming out in the fall so that will have some new songs. They were written during the recording process, but didn’t quite fit the record so I’m excited to get the deluxe edition out and let them see the light of the day. We also have some holiday song plans to release which will be coming out later this year, and we’re just going to have fun for the rest of the year. We’ll playing some shows into summer of 2018 so sometime mid next year we’ll start thinking about making the next record. I have already been doing a lot of writing and have a lot of material that I’m excited to get into the studio with so it’ll be fun once that time comes. For now, we’re focused on the road and promoting & I’m Fine Today as much as we can.
Thanks so much for the time, cheers!
(Photography credit: Melissa Toms)