Stream: The Suffers’ debut EP Make Some Room

    In 2011, Houston-based bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly set about building what would become The Suffers. They wanted a band with enough musical firepower to make real their dreams of an explosive, neo-soul sound. To that extent, they recruited a 10-piece outfit of talented local musicians, expertly fronted by the captivating vocals of Kam Franklin.

    In the three years since, they’ve won several local and national awards and logged appearances at Voodoo Music + Arts Festival, South by Southwest, and Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival. And all this before releasing a single record. On January 20th, The Suffers are set to bring their jazzy stylings to wax with their debut EP Make Some Room. It’s streaming in full below.

    The title track kicks things off by highlighting Franklin’s soaring vocals — like Chaka Khan’s with a slightly raspy tinge — backed by a smooth stroll from her band. Elsewhere, there’s the slow swaying swoon of “Stay” and the funky run of standout “Gwan”. It all comes together in the hyper-sexual seduction of “Giver”, a seven-minute jam that’s full of slow-pulled horns and percussion that crawls up your back like a lover’s fingers.


    Make Some Room Tracklist:
    01. Make Some Room
    02. Stay
    03. Gwan
    04. Giver

    Check out The Suffers’ recently announced tour dates, which include an appearance at Gulf Shores’ Hangout Music Festival.

    The Suffers 2015 Tour Dates:
    01/23 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
    01/24 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
    01/25 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    02/11 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
    02/13 – Huntsville, UT @ Snowbasin Resort
    02/14 – Huntsville, UT @ Snowbasin Resort
    02/15 – Boise, ID @ The Crux
    02/17 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
    02/18 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    02/20 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Crystal Bay Casino
    02/21 – Santa Cruz, CA @ TBD
    02/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia
    02/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
    02/27 – San Diego, CA @ Seven Grand
    02/28 – Indio, CA @ 4th Annual Rhythm, Wine and Brews Festival
    03/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
    05/15-17 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival