This week Houston-based soul band The Suffers released their new Make Some Room EP and will be celebrating its release in Austin at Empire Control Room & Garage this Friday, Jan. 23. Support will come from Dallas-based electro-funk act Ishi and Austin-based electro-harminizers, Keeper. It will be a proper Austin send off for The Suffers before they kick off a West Coast tour in February.
The ten-piece soul outfit is one of the state’s most buzzed about bands right now thanks to their nine Houston Press Music Awards in three years and recent high profile gigs that include a supporting slot at Houston’s first Red Bull Sound Select showcase with Lee Mayfield & The Expressions, a performance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and last year’s South By Southwest to name a few.
What really makes The Suffers so unforgettable is the sultry vocal stylings of Kam Franklin. She sounds like a soul singer on one of your dad’s old vinyls. Her backing band is tight too, composed of veteran musicians who have a real feel for the genre. Their particular sound is a delightful mix of vintage soul, rock and hints of Jamaican rocksteady.
See The Suffers live Friday night at Empire and you too will see that they belong in the same conversation with Latasha Lee & The Blackties, Brownout, Hardproof and even Black Joe Lewis.
Empire Control Room & Garage is located at 606 E. 7th Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. 21+ welcome. Advance tickets for this event are available for purchase online here.