Release Date: Apr 13, 2018
Record label: Damnably
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Say Sue Me are from Busan. The perpetual contradiction of the city - managing to be the bustling, Black Panther sequence boasting, second largest metropolis in South Korea and a sleepy, sprawling, wistful wasteland all at once - greatly informs the music here, lest Where We Were Together's title (location, location) or Busan-sporting artwork didn't clue you in. Yet, unlike many an indie classic in the arena, whether it be Modest Mouse's fatally Western feels or the Rural Alberta Advantage's underrated Hometowns, this is an album far more grounded in personal experience in that urban decay rather than a region-wide sensibility.
The South Korean indie pop band Say Sue Me's debut album is built on tragedy but ends up being an uplifting, heartwarming record sure to make hearts soar and nostalgic feelings for bands like Ride, Velocity Girl, and the Darling Buds flood the senses of anyone old enough to remember them (or savvy enough to discover them after the fact.) First, the tragedy. The band's original drummer, Kang Semin, suffered an accident in 2016 that left him in a coma with a long road to recovery ahead of him. The band derived inspiration from their love of their fallen friend, who functioned as the heart and soul of the band while he played with them.