[Cover photo credit to Troy Montes, Makeup by Lia Natasha, Styling by Omar Lisandro, L-R: Michael Razo, Edmond Prevost Jr., Nick Zamora, Kam Franklin, Juliet Terrill, Jon Durbin, Jose “Chapy” Luna]
The Suffers have announced the deluxe edition of their 2022 album It Starts With Love, with the new version arriving via Missing Piece Records on June 2nd, 2022, nearly one year to the day after the original release. The Gulf Coast Soul Band has also shared their new single “You and I,” a ballad that “calls for peace and unity.”
Along with “You and I,” the upcoming deluxe edition features a new Cumbia version of “Gwan” (a fan favorite from the band’s 2016 debut full-length), two remixes, and three newly recorded live performances.
Frontwoman Kam Franklin shares:
‘You and I’ was written by my friend Suze (Boyfriend), Andrew Campanelli (The Revivalists), and myself in New Orleans, LA. It was October of 2019, and I remember the world feeling so heavy at that time. The endless news loop of violence, acts of hate, and mass shootings seemed to just increase with each passing day. Writing this song felt like we were putting out a call for peace into the world, but we all know that the peace we seek starts from within. This song asks the listener to think about what we can all do as individuals to make the world a safer and more welcoming place. What would happen if we took a moment to stop hurting one another on a daily basis? What would happen if we took time to be better listeners and more patient communicators? This song calls us all out as the imperfect beings we are, and it asks us to consider that we’re all out here trying to do the best we can with what we have.
Mixed by Grammy-winner Adrian Quesada (Black Pumas), who transferred all of the sessions to analog tape, and mastered by Chris Longwood (Khruangbin, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic), It Starts With Love is “an album for survivors, for the down and out, for the doubted and the written off”, but it’s also an album that “ultimately transcends pain and anger to instead land on something far more triumphant and spiritually rewarding.”
4/22: San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger *
4/23: Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage +
4/29: Decatur, GA – Amplify Decatur
5/7: Houston, TX – The Jazzy Sundays in The Park Series @ Buffalo Bayou Park
6/24: Mount Solon, VA – Red Wing Roots Music Festival
7/11: New York, NY – Blue Note Jazz Club
7/12: New York, NY – Blue Note Jazz Club
* with The Vapor Caves
+ with Galactic, Mike Dillon, Greyhounds, The Iceman Special, THEBROSFRESH