CMU Approved

Approved: Susu

By | Published on Tuesday 15 September 2020


Fronted by vocalists Liza Colby and Kia Warren, Susu developed through the consolidation of the two rock bands they respectively fronted: Liza Colby Sound and Revel In Dimes. Initially the two bands merged for a number of shows in 2016 under the name Revel Sound, but it soon occurred to them that they were onto something, and so Colby and Warren continued to work together.

“You don’t know what you don’t know, and we certainly didn’t realise how much we needed each other”, says Colby. “We aren’t shy about being black women in rock n roll. There is an aliveness, an awareness, and a spirituality to Susu that are both timely and timeless”.

“We kept growing as creative partners and continue to discover the duality in our power of working together”, she continues. “It’s intuitive who takes the top and who takes the bottom harmony, so to speak”.

Over the course of lockdown, they’ve released a string of singles – ‘Let’s Get High’, ‘It Can’t Be Over’, ‘Rollin Calf’ and a cover of the Buzzcock’s ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’ – ahead of the release of their debut EP, ‘Panther City’, on 13 Nov.

New single ‘Work Song’ is a protest song that the duo say “is for us – the disenfranchised, black, brown, minority, middle class, poor, trans, gay, and subjugated communities stepping down off the auction block, breaking the stranglehold; saying: ‘If a house gets in my way, you know I’ll burn it down'”. Watch the video here: