Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
The Suffers: Our first gig was at The Mink's Backroom last summer, before all the new ownership drama, as a part of their "Dollar Well Tuesdays." The turnout was great and we figured they liked it since nobody threw anything.
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
TS: We currently play Rudyard's and Fitzgerald's most often, but we try to mix it up and play new places when we get the opportunity.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
TS: We average about 1-2 times a month, locally.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
TS: It came from the movie Rockers. The main character, Horsemouth (main actor and real studio reggae drummer) makes a living hustling 45s. When he goes to ask for them on "consignment" from the studios/record labels in Kingston, he insists they should help as he is a "sufferer."
Since we also hustle our shit, Patrick Kelly (keyboardist) thought it would be a good name. We were initially The Sufferers, but we later changed it to simply The Suffers.
RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty
TS: One year: Performing to a packed house in a Houston club without the fear of arbitrary noise-ordinance violations being imposed on us, our sound engineers, or our venue. We also hope we'll be spending time out of town developing a larger regional following and celebrating the release of a full-length record.
Ten years: Successfully touring the world to promote the latest album that we released ourselves.
Forty years: Hopefully we'll be alive, happy, and still making music.
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as musicians) before you pack it in?
TS: Quit our day jobs and spend our days writing, recording, and performing music or record with Quincy Jones
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The Suffers play the HPMA showcase 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Lucky's Pub, 801 St. Emanuel.