TIDAL Rising: SUSTO
SUSTO is an eccentric and eclectic country-rock band made up of Justin Osborne, Corey Campbell, Marshall Hudson, Jenna Desmond and Dries Vandenberg.
SUSTO’s sound is reminiscent of a mid ‘60s record at times, filled with gloomy yet somewhat seductive and alluring lyrics. Such is the case with the single “Hard Drugs” off of their newest album & I’m Fine Today.
Interestingly enough, the Charleston band’s name comes from a medical syndrome that’s specific to Latin American culture, one that roughly translates to the existential “soul loss.” Hot off the heels of their sophomore full-length effort, SUSTO is currently on the & I’m Fine Today Tour.
We took the opportunity to get to know these great folks just a little better.
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Who is SUSTO? Can you please introduce yourself?
SUSTO is a band from Charleston, SC. On tour we’re Justin Osborne (me) singing and playing guitar, Corey Campbell (guitars, keys, vocals), Marshall Hudson (drums, harmonica, vocals), Jenna Desmond (bass, vocals), Dries Vandenberg (guitar, vocals). We also collaborate with friends at home and in the studio – mostly with our co-producers Wolfgang Zimmerman and Johnny Delaware, but also with some great Charleston musicians like Ross Bogan, Jordan Hicks, Zach Litchfield, Zandrina Dunning, Keon Masters, Yuhong Tu, Clay White and others.
Tell us a little about your most recent release & I’m Fine Today. What’s it all about, and what do we get here?
We’ve been working on & I’m Fine Today for a couple years, so it’s good to have it out. It’s just a record about life, really – there are ups and downs, it can be a drag at times and at others, it can also be beautiful. The album is a bit like that; we tried to tell honest stories, give honest opinions and make a soundscape that fuses folk, rock, electronic and world music. We tried to have as much fun as possible. We recorded the album in a storage unit. It was cool. We always do that.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Well, I can’t speak for everyone. I know Corey loved Metallica as a kid (went on to become a classical musician in college), Marshall was into Phish (went to a lot of shows in that vein… he’s our guru), Jenna loves Feist and Arcade Fire, Dries always just says “Weezer,” and I (Justin) am gonna say Green Day for Dookie, Sublime for their self-titled record plus Bob Marley & The Wailers for Legend. But we’re all into a bunch of shit, really.
When and how did you first get into music?
We’ve all been in this since we were kids. Personally, I started playing guitar at 12 and touring at 18. Now I’m 30.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
Every time I really get into an album it changes my perspective. Happens about twice a year if I’m lucky.
What’s the best new song you recently discovered?
Best new song? “Drew” by Wine & Spirit. Random band we played with in Pittsburgh. Great guys. Can’t get the song out of my head since.
Can you share a fun fact about you or your music?
A fun fact? Hmm, I don’t know how to answer that. It’s all true though, maybe that’s not fun, but it is a fact.
Any other favorite activities?
Love going to the beach when I’m home… random motion is good for the mind.
What’s coming next for you?
We’re on tour for the foreseeable future, so the road is what’s next and after that…who knows, probably more road. Which is cool. Hopefully Europe & Australia.
Looking one year ahead, where would you like to see yourself?
In a year, I hope that we can all pay rent with confidence and I hope we’ve connected with as many people as possible in one year. Depending on what happens with the Big Clown, we may be prepping for the revolution alongside all the other people of true conscience in this world.
And finally, if your music was a physical object what would it be?
Our band is all snakes & rainbows. Peace & love.
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