Saturday, August 5 • 12:00pm • The Bowl
Hailing from Charleston, N.C. Susto is the brainchild of Justin Osborne. A musician since childhood, a jaded Justin took his talents to Cuba at age 26 to explore different lifestyles and music genres. At that time, he was unsure if he would continue to make music, but after seeing shows and playing music with his new friends, they urged him to head back to the U.S. and get a band together. He along with an all-star cast of musicians released their self-titled debut album independently and toured relentlessly to get the word out. They were an immediate hit in their hometown and even made a fan of Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell.
With their newfound success Susto began work on their second album ‘& I’m Fine Today’. “We just wanted to go further. We started something with the first record, and we want to keep going in that direction,” Osborne says of the album, which finds them taking the spacey country rock of their debut into the stratosphere, piling on layers of sighing keyboards, galloping rhythms and frayed, noisy guitar solos atop wistful melodies and lyrics that examine growing up and growing into yourself. It would be easy to make comparisons to such acts as Wilco and The Lumineers (who they toured with recently) but that would be a mistake as this band has created their own sound and style. Exploring different genres such as Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Reggae and more, Susto has the authentic and passionate drive to keep blasting their sound across the American landscape for years to come.