We always want to make sure that we are exposing a wide range of genres for our Synch Song of the Week feature, and we couldn't be more excited to feature "Peanuts", an R&B/soul track from The Suffers this week.
This 10-piece band form Austin, TX brings a mixture of elements from across the board to blend within their self-coined style of Gulf Coast Soul. The band is a sweet combination of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll, with the incredible vocals of singer Kam Franklin. But truly, the captivating sound of The Suffers comes from the collaborative of the ten-piece. While there are clearly a lot of parts to this machine, their music is anything but overly complicated. They are a perfectly subtle song that fits exactly where it is supposed to.
We can sincerely feel the love and yearning in Franklin's voice, where the lyrics are laid bare against a beautiful mirage of wind instruments. Without wailing extended syllables, the message of the song is clearly portrayed, against each soft and subtle element of the track. It's one of those shoulder-shaking, toe-tapping tracks you can't believe you haven't heard yet.
"Peanuts" starts off feeling quite needy, begging to ask: "Life doesn't have to be so hard/so why can't we get it right at the start?". This then leads Franklin and the fabulous ten-some into their subtly open chorus crying "hang a little, love a little, hold on to me". The track is characterized greatly by elements that are common in legends such as Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, interlaced with saxophone outbreaks, soft background vocals, and extremely catchy riffs that reappear throughout.
While this song could absolutely fit like a puzzle piece in the right film, we are most confident about its commercial potential. Music licensers won't have to trace back a James Brown song, they can simply turn to The Suffers for raw, passionate, soulful music. We can visualize a song like "Peanuts", with a chorus so catchy and emotional, making a huge impression in a short amount of time.
The Suffers are on tour currently, so mosey on over to their personal website to find out where you can catch them live! And be sure to keep your eye out for their album, expected to drop on February 12.