By Morgan Bryce
Acclaimed indie/rock band SUSTO will perform at downtown Opelika’s John Emerald Distillery Sept. 21 to promote their latest album “SUSTO STORIES.”
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the band’s seamless blend of the alternative, country, folk and rock genres has garnered attention and rave reviews from music critics nationwide.
Writer Collin Brennan of the Chicago-based online entertainment magazine Consequence of Sound said the band possesses a “nakedly honest, narrative approach” to songwriting and deep layering and textures put on display throughout their discography.
“It can seem like a pretty hopeless world out there sometimes, but this is the kind of music that just hits in the right way on those long, dark nights of the soul,” Brennan wrote in a review of their 2016 album & I’m Fine Today. “Hell, it might even make you laugh when you’re done moppin’ up those tears.”
SUSTO’s latest release is a diversion from the norm, as the band pursued a more acoustic-driven sound. Considered by many to be a concept album, SUSTO STORIES contains a web series of “homemade videos of stripped-down songs” that provide fans the backstory for each track.
Opening for SUSTO will be the Nashville-based group “The Prescriptions,” who cite influences from guitar greats including Bob Dylan and Neil Young and modern-day experimental groups like Wilco.
Tickets range in cost from $15-25, and can be purchased through eventbrite.com. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and last until 11 p.m.
For more information, visit www.cottonseedstudios.com. The venue is located at 706 N. Railroad Ave.