To celebrate the announcement of ‘Rogue Acoustic’, a new live album due on 4th July, SUSTO have shared this outstanding performance of ‘Hard Drugs’, which originally appeared on 2017 album ‘& I’m Fine Today’. For this version, recorded live at The Royal American, Charleston, SUSTO frontman Justin Osborne was joined by Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses. Lyrically brilliant and vivid, the song is delivered with a delicate emotional power. Towards the end, three minutes in, ‘Hard Drugs’ really soars as Osborne sings: “Well I don’t care who’s asking // You can tell them the truth // I’ve had a hard time living // And I know you had a hard time too.”
Osborne explains why now is the time for a new live album: “The live recording of ‘Rogue Acoustic’ was meant to capture the strange energy of playing to a Friday night crowd at a packed bar, with just an acoustic guitar and vocals. I didn’t realise until a few months later just how easily that kind of raw energy of the crowd could disappear from my life. I’m happy to be releasing this album now, with the hope that soon we’ll be back to a world where moments like this can happen again.” Indeed, we continue to dream of attending shows like this one and to give fans something to look forward to, SUSTO is heading out on a tour of the South-eastern USA in June. The ten dates have limited tickets available to allow for social distancing, so act fast as they are selling out. Get your tickets here and, in the meantime, enjoy this.
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