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Exclusive: "Gwan" Listen to the Suffers' New Single

"We all need a little fuel to get the engine going every now and then, and 'Gwan' is that fuel."

-- Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers

From the very first notes of "Gwan," the newly recorded track by Houston Press Music Award winners the Suffers, the listener is hit with the "we mean business" attitude and brilliant power that fans have come to love and expect. "Gwan" is the first single off the group's much-anticipated and soon-to-be-released full-length debut album.

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After a successful summer debut of their first single, the vinyl 7-inch featuring the tracks "Slow It Down"/"Step Aside," the band continues their charming ways. Loaded with seductive vocals, brilliant horns and groovy rhythms, "Gwan" doesn't take it slow one bit. In case you're curious, the title "Gwan" is derivative of the Jamican Patois for "going on", which in this case is slang for getting your partner worked up in order to "get down."

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The Suffers recording "Gwan" at Wire Road Studios
The Suffers recording "Gwan" at Wire Road Studios
Photo by Marco Torres

Our favorite section of the song is the percussion breakdown, showcasing the talents of Rocks Off 100 alum Jose "Chapy" Luna on the congas, but just wait until you see them live. The Suffers' energy and passion will make you jump out of your seat and join in the dancing fun.

In the past year the Suffers have played a distinguished list of music festivals such as Free Press Summer Fest, Austin Reggae Festival, Bayou City Art Festival and Untapped Houston, as well as winning praise from the Houston Press (duh), Houston Chronicle, and several other publications. With endorsements from the likes of Willie D, The Kashmere Stage Band, and many other contemporaries, the Suffers seem poised for greatness.

The Suffers perform Saturday, December 28th at Warehouse Live at the "Holiday Hangover Hell Yeah" showcase, alongside Los Skarnales,The Tontons, Wild Child, Quiet Company, Featherface, Ishi, Bagheera and a DJ set by Fat Tony. Tickets are available through at Cactus Music, Sig's Lagoon, Vinal Edge, Heights Vinyl, Sound Exchange or online at http://tiny.cc/HOLIDAYHANGOVER.

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