Suck on Light is a pretty off the wall name for an album. This album by Boy & Bear is part folk, part indie-alt, and part rock. Suck on Light really feels like a live, meandering performance by this group. By live, we mean it feels as if they took a cut from a killer live show where they’ve set up a little 3 piece band, started playing, and their friends from other bands just kept joining in with a new instrument each time. The result is a variety of different sounds, all coming from different angles it seems. You’ll get your occasional breakdown with just a soft lyric over an acoustic guitar as well. Now go dive in and find yourself your new favorite song in this phenomenal 2019 album!
Why this album is awesome: Boy & Bear describe Suck on Light as “a celebration of challenge” in an interview with Atwood Magazine. What is that challenge you ask? Well, Boy & Bear’s frontman Dave Hosking suffered from a debilitating chronic illness for years that impacted his cognitive abilities. Hosking is quoted saying, “For years, I didn’t write a thing as my cognitive function was too impaired. I would pick up the guitar, play some chords and instantly forget what I was doing. It was an impossible task.” Suck on Light was Boy & Bear’s first album back from the hiatus, and we can’t be happier to have them back.
Release date: September 27th, 2019
Similar artist(s): Matt Corby, Josh Pyke, Cloud Control
Top tracks: Hold Your Nerve, Work of Art, Off My Head