SUSAN: “TV GIRLS” +2 EP

December 7th, 2017 | Album reviews

SUSAN
“TV Girls” +2 EP
Volar

With their latest EP, Susan navigate the trenches of everyday life with a unique perspective. If there are people better at producing power pop with such a perfect balance of irony, exasperation, and confidence, I don’t know who they are. On “TV Girls,” Susan offer commentary on the current function of pop culture and the images we are fed and celebrate, with a counterpoint vocal pattern expressing frustration with the portrayal of the female image—it’s an attempt to forge a personal identity as an outsider and defy the prevailing ideas about what it means to be a woman today. Really, the entire EP is an examination of the push-pull dynamics of culture and relationships. “Little Notes” addresses the finer points of the pair bond, turning on the fact that small things do still matter—a reminder that joy can still be found despite the dull daily grind, if the effort and attention is there. “I Held Her in My Arms” is a cover of the Violent Femmes song from 1986’s The Blind Leading The Naked. Susan’s version seems a bit more dense and dynamic, as opposed to the original—it hovers just above a kind of darkness, while delivering a punch the original lacks. See: Susan doesn’t adopt any kind of passive stance, and their punk underpinnings are just barely below the surface of their songs. On this EP, Susan demonstrates their force as songwriters. Let’s see what the album does next.

—Nathan Martel

SUSAN’S RECORD RELEASE PARTY WITH DIMBER, PEACH KELLI POP, TYLER JORDAN AND THE NEGATIVE SPACE AND DJs MAYA BEAN AND TONYA (WHAT YOUTH) ON FRI., DEC. 8, AT 3044 ROSSLYN ST., LOS ANGELES. 9 PM / $10 / $5 WITH DONATION FOR DOWNTOWN WOMEN’S CENTER / ALL AGES. MORE INFO HERE! SUSAN’S “TV GIRLS” EP IS OUT FRI., DEC. 8, ON VOLAR.