Myths on My Body is now on iTunes!
Every week, Manitoba Music offers free a downloadable music track by a great local artist. Available for a limited time from Thursday to Thursday, be sure to grab “The Kracken Song” while you can!!
Süss is set to release Myths On My Body, the long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s I Just Ride My Bike. The quirky singer/songwriter will hit the stage at the Gas Station Arts Centre on April 25 with her all-star band — which features familiar faces like Daniel ROA on drums and Gilles Fournier on bass, as well as the EP’s JUNO-nominated co-producer and musician, Dan Donahue — along with openers Eagle Lake Owls. CBC Scene recently caught up with Süss, who also took to one of the Downtown Biz ‘painted pianos for an little acoustic performance of the EP’s lead track, “The Kracken Song”. And the studio version of the waltz just so happens to be this week’s featured tune. Download it for free and don’t miss Süss live!
Alternative indie singer/songwriter Süss is releasing a new collection of songs.
It’s called Myths On My Body and it’s being launched at the Gas Station Arts Centre on Friday April 25.
Her songs have a lyrical honesty. Coupled with her quirky musical mind, they can be sad and funny at the same time.
Not many musicians decide to go full throttle into a music career in their 30’s. But for Süss it was a no-brainer.
“I was realizing I didn’t want to have a career in science,” she recalled. “I was coming out; I was learning to live alone in Winnipeg after being married to a man and living in Vancouver; I was leaving the church which was all difficult but important for me to do.”
“You have to give up a lot,” she explained. “I was already giving up a whole bunch of things. So I decided to go back to music school when I was 30. And I kept on doing everything.”
Mostly she knew she couldn’t really be happy without music.
“If I could use a biblical reference, it’s kind of like King David or King Saul has to get David the Shepherd to come play his harp to soothe his crazy mind,” she said. “And I had to soothe my own mind.”
One song on the album is called Like a Man and it reflects Süss’ own gender identity.
“I was raised in a very gendered atmosphere, specifically in the Mennonite Brethren church,” she explained. “One of my older brothers recalls the women sitting on one side of the church and the men on the other. That was just ending as I was growing up.”
Süss recorded her EP with musician/producer Dan Donahue.
“He is a very interesting guitar player. And he played five different guitars on this album. Whereas my last album had a lot of piano on it this one is full of guitars,” she pointed out. “So, musically Dan really helped. But I also had the Winnipeg roots scene in mind. I kind of describe this album as Jane Siberry goes to Texas.”
Listen to the Kracken Song on CBC and vote for Süss! With your help, Süss could win 20k worth of Yamaha gear!!
Myths On My Body EP Release April 25.14| Gas Station Arts Centre
Süss with Special Guests: Eagle Lake Owls & The Random Cousins’ Choir
Doors Open @ 7:00, show @ 8:00 | $17 advance $20 @ the door
Süss’s six Myths describe a range of stories, from The Kracken Song, a Parisienne Waltz about a mythical mini-version of deep sea creature that feeds on broken hearts to Desert Cactus (Lured to Urbanization by an Incarnation of Venus), a texas pop blues.
Süss rhymes with Juice
Embodying a surreal prairie landscape and a prairie Gothic aesthetic, Three Sisters is a dark comedy that subverts the great prairie narrative, uncovering a clown-like world that is sinister, gauche and suffocating.
About the Musical Director: Süss first set fingers to the piano keys at age 4, and has been feeling around for musical pleasure ever since. Süss gets out of this little fricking town with a singer/songwriter project, this year releasing a new EP release, “Myths on My Body”. Süss keeps the fingers tightly wound around the necks of musical projects spanning worlds beyond this little festival as Music Director (Moving Gallery, 2013; PTE Theatre School; harm reduction for Anglicans), accompanist (MTYP Theatre School) and educator (PTE theatre school, West End Cultural Centre, Rossbrook House).
DJBeekeeni & The Charismatics
Tony Ustel – Bongo
DJBeekeeni – vocals
Suss – organ
Photo by Carrie Bryson
Come to our show, Weds. Sept 11/13 opening for “Tav Falco’s Panther Burns” along with “The Driving Wheel”,” King Cabernet ” (DJ) and a mini-hair show by Society The Salon! DOORS OPEN at 8pm! An event full of retro-psych rhythm & blues, cocktail jazz pop and wild hair!
FEBRUARY 21st at THE WINDSOR with JA SUSS, Tony Ustel & Djbeekeeni Vavjungle & their jazz cocktail trio – (bossa, foxtrot, electro-lounge, swing)
As part of ACI Manitoba’s second Artist + Community Symposium, Suss contributed to the Community Arts Practice Live Demonstrations Synopsis:Local musician and songwriter, Süss, engaged symposium delegates with excerpts from her community building workshop, “The Music in Your Body:
Finding Your Voice”. Following a spoken introduction, Süss lead participants in creating a soundscape together, made with sounds from the human voice. This workshop was designed to build feelings of commonality in the midst of diversity, to allow any verbal person to participate in a shared sound experience with any other verbal person.