South-Korean indie surf-rockers Say Sue Me have lately been the ones to watch.
In the span of the single year since their creation, they’ve released two fantastic albums, two EPs, played the infamous SXSW, signed with two independent record labels, and toured extensively throughout Europe… and now they’ve recently shared “Just Joking Around,” a song recorded during their second album cycle. Though “Just Joking Around” ended up being left off of Where We Were Together (the album itself is named after a lyric in this song), it wouldn’t do the song justice to call it a B-side.
“Just Joking Around” acts as a condensed, collective thesis for Say Sue Me’s discography so far, breezily switching from hazy indie rock to classic hard rock and back again during its near 6-minute runtime–not to mention the natural inclusion of an electrifying guitar solo that tops off every great rock song. Elements of the sleepy mood they so often championed on songs like “After Falling Asleep” and “Here” are noticeably present, while the song structure closely parallels their epic album closer “Coming To The End”.
If you’ve never heard of Say Sue Me before, “Just Joking Around” (and its B-Side, “B Lover” which actually made it onto the album) is a great place to start.
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Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think.
He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.