Sudden Suspension Streaming ‘There’s A Bigger Picture Here’ on Absolutepunk; EP Out June 16 on Bad Timing Records
Lake County, Indiana pop punk trio SUDDEN SUSPENSION are releasing their new EP, ‘There’s A Bigger Picture Here,’ on June 16 via Bad Timing Records, but the entire thing is streaming now on Absolutepunk.
Sudden Suspension will co-headline a summer tour with Daytona Beach’s Bad Luck June 24-July 17.
“Straightforward fast-paced pop-punk songs, perfect for fans of Knuckle Puck or Forever Came Calling…. a good EP for summer drives with the windows rolled down.”- Absolutepunk
“…encapsulating what it feels like to grow up in 2015, along with all the challenges one encounters along the way. From getting over heartache, to learning to love yourself, there is something here for everyone who has found themselves making the often painful transition from child to adult, and it’s all conveyed through infectious pop punk too good to resist…., I have no doubt they will soon be the new kings of pop punk.”- Under The Gun Review
“When I listened to Sudden Suspension for the first time, I get the same feeling I did when I first listened to Real Friends, The Story So Far and Neck Deep. This band has something really special.”- Fuck Yeah Pop Punk
1. Where I Left It
2. As Good As It Gets
4. We’ll Always Have Each Other
5. Cheap Seats
7. Back Roads
About SUDDEN SUSPENSION:
The members of SUDDEN SUSPENSION are, quite literally, living their dreams. Flash back to 2013, when the Lake County, Indiana, band issued Second Place, their debut EP. Included was the song “Centennial Lanes,” a chasing-our-dreams anthem that name-checked bands like pop-punk flag waivers Real Friends, who gave Sudden Suspension frontman Brandon Stasi the motivation and hope that he, too, could make something of himself as a musician. You could hear the reverence for his idols, all the way from the nearby Chicago scene to genre icons like New Found Glory, The Starting Line and many more.
With the band’s signing to Bad Timing Records, a nod as one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2015, and the upcoming release of a new EP this summer, things are moving faster than Stasi could have ever hoped.
Like so many bands, Sudden Suspension is the result of teenage friends discovering music, picking up instruments, and dreaming of one day turning their passions into something more. Stasi started playing music at age 12, and with his cousin on bass, the duo played sets of cover songs at local festivals, recruiting area guitarists and drummers to round out the sound.
But it wasn’t until June 2013 that the band got more serious, bringing drummer Griffin Taylor into the mix. Only a month later, they recorded the aforementioned Second Place, which drew buzz from scene tastemakers AbsolutePunk and PropertyOfZack. Stasi was still in high school at the time, but with the song “Fields and Fences” quickly becoming a fan favorite across the country, Sudden Suspension’s star began to rise. A second EP, Basement Songs, followed in 2014, as did tours supporting bands such as Handguns and Veara, which immediately established Sudden Suspension as one of the genre’s brightest up-and-comers.
Much like current scene favorites like Real Friends and The Wonder Years, Sudden Suspension’s music is instantly relatable. Part of that is attributable to Stasi’s age, 19, but his youth is not to be mistaken for lack of maturity. This self-assuredness manifests itself in many ways throughout the EP: For starters, he’s got the foresight to realize when “good enough” just won’t cut it. Case in point: The singer is so dedicated to his art that just weeks before the band were set to enter the studio to record their forthcoming EP, he threw out two songs, rewrote one, and penned three new tracks. That’s the rare ability to realize when things aren’t perfect—and the dedication to work overtime to course-correct.
Lyrically, Stasi explores the typical life issues every teenager tackles, namely love and loneliness. But the way he approaches his words shows wisdom far beyond his years. “Being on tour was really hard for me,” he explains. “I thought the reason I was sad was because I was alone. But on tour, you’re never alone. It’s new people and new places every day—it’s so overwhelming. Growing up, I always thought: It gets better. One day, things will be better. But I began to realize it just doesn’t get better automatically.; you have to work toward it, work for it every day. This EP is me figuring that out. It was a big moment of growing up for me.”