Recently I looked at a Facebook memory that had something to do with this show I went to three years ago at the old Phoenix Pub. It was at that show I met someone who later invited me to a house show, which would end up being the first of many I would go on to attend. Along with that it was also the first time I met a lot of the people I call my friends today, and my first time seeing or discovering bands who I’ve come to love. A whole world of this Australian DIY community opened up in front of me and I feel in love with it.
The music I was falling in love with and listening to a lot around that time serves as a very special memory to me. And it’s not often something new comes around and hits that nostalgic spot perfectly for me. Except until recently when Melbourne/Naarm artist Suzi dropped her latest single Figure It Out.
The song, which sees the singer-songwriter introducing us to her full band for the first time, is a truthful telling of how our mental health can affect everything we do, all the time, and how anyone on the outside may not entirely see this. Throughout the three-minute song, Suzi pens her experience of mental health and its impact on herself, her social life, and how things aren’t always as they seem.
This is performed over the sounds of fast-paced guitars and drums that drive this song to bring out that DIY/folk/rock sound I was talking about falling in love with earlier. As soon as I heard this song it struck me with comparisons to Bec Stevens, Teenage Joans, and Underachiever to name a couple.
This comes off the back of her debut self-recorded EP I Like It Better Indoors which only came out in April this year. Suzi showed us her acoustic side on that release, but now with Figure It Out we get to see the full band arrangement which is hopefully just a taste of what is yet to come.
As Melbourne slowly etches its way closer to seeing live music again, someone’s gonna have to share with us what Suzi’s like on-stage, and what her other songs are like (and see if you can find out when we can expect more music, because we’re certainly keen over here!)