The Suburbs are Kickstarting their first album in 27 years

  • Blog Post by: Chris Riemenschneider
  • June 26, 2013 - 1:08 PM


The Suburbs circa 2013 (from left):Steve Brantseg, Steve Price, Chan Poling, Beej Chaney and Hugo Klaers. / Kii Arens photo

The Suburbs circa 2013 (from left):Steve Brantseg, Steve Price, Chan Poling, Beej Chaney and Hugo Klaers. / Kii Arens photo

A band that had its fair and completely unfair share of record-label experience back in the ‘80s, the Suburbs will join the 21st century in more ways than one when it issues its first studio album in 27 years. The Minneapolis rock vets have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the 10-song record, titled “Si Sauvage” and due in September.

“We’re going to act as our own record company, and that is a freeing and wonderful thing,” singer/keyboardist Chan Poling says in a video posted on the Kickstarter page (and reposted below).

Details of the album are also revealed on the campaign page, including song titles such as “Turn the Radio On” and “What’s It Like Out There?” Singer/guitarist Beej Chaney reportedly wrote the latter tune as a tribute to the band’s late guitarist, Bruce Allen, who died in 2009.

“We’ve lost some guys along the way,” Poling sadly notes in the video, also referring to bassist Michael Halliday, who has been retired from the band for many years.

Chaney, Poling and drummer Hugo Klaers are the three original members left, but guitarist Steve Brantseg (Phones, Bash & Pop, Curtiss A) and bassist Steve Price (Rex Daisy) have both been in the lineup for much of the past decade. So has the horn section – also featured the new album -- with Max Ray, Rochelle Becker and Stephen Kung (also all local scene vets from well-known bands).

The Suburbs started playing reunion shows in the early-‘00s, when their Twin/Tone albums were reissued, and they basically never stopped, although there was a sketchy period in the mid-‘00s when they performed without Chaney, who resides in Los Angeles. After Twin/Tone, the band went on to record for A&M and Mercury Records in the late-‘80s, the latter of which helped turn their upbeat “Love Is the Law” into a minor hit. The song has long since become a local music staple, even serving as the anthem for advocates of the Freedom to Marry Bill that passed the Minnesota legislature last month.

Here’s hoping some of these new songs have that kind of staying power. Rewards from the Kickstarter campaign range from $10 for a digital download and $25 for a deluxe edition on up to $5,000 to sing “Baby Heartbeat” at one of the band’s shows and $10,000 for a private performance.

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