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Mixing the sublime with the ironic, Suckers serve up tasty, slightly unnerving pop confections on their sophomore album, Candy Salad. The Brooklyn quartet tones down the odder elements found on their debut release with the aid of MGMT producer Matt Boynton, but Candy Salad’s shapely melodies and prominent hooks don’t completely disguise the band’s eccentricities. Familiar classic rock gestures of the ‘60s and ‘70s are tweaked and twisted here, both lyrically and musically; it results in tracks that wrap intense sweetness around a prickly core. Buoyant, synth-drizzled tunes like “Turn on the Sunshine,” “Figure It Out," and “Leave the Light On” uplift the listener with chiming guitars and tinkling pianos, even as singer Quinn Walker undercuts his romantic musings with surreal, paranoia-tinged asides. Suckers are masterful at embroidering their tracks with colorful sonic filigree, as evidenced by the faux-Asian stylings of “Bricks to the Bones” and the Bowie-like lounge soul of “Chinese Braille.” The band achieves the most direct hit with “Going Nowhere,” a revved-up slice of power pop longing that’s both mopey and joyous.

Customer Reviews


Suckers are awesome ! Amazing LIVE Band ! Get this now and be happy all summer!

Suckers are the next thing

This album is amazing.

Change is good

Upon first listen, you can tell this album is not as emotionally heavy and lyrically obscure as Wild Smile was (Which is one epic album- purchase immediately if you don't already have it!) but that is actually an awesome change. This album feels like an album- I find it to be more cohesive than Wild Smile. I also love how parts of "Roses" reminded me of Brian Eno's "Becalmed" (I adore Eno!). I feel like they made a strong effort to make new music that doesn't sound exactly like any other song they made- while remaining true to who they are as a band- and while incorporating their musical influences- and I think it worked for them.

The only criticism I can give for the album is that I wanted more Pan Trumpet solos!

I've met these guys a couple of times around NY and seriously they are so nice & easy to talk to- Really great people and musicians!
Also, if you ever get a chance to see them live I strongly recommend you see them, as they are one of the best live shows...ever!
Keep up the excellent work Suckers :)


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Suckers formed in Brooklyn, NY, where members Quinn Walker, Austin Fisher, Pan, and Brian Aiken began mixing tribal indie rock with flourishes of chamber pop and Bowie-inspired eclecticism. Walker enjoyed some success as a solo artist in 2008 (having signed to CocoRosie's label and issued a double album to underground acclaim), but the band brought a different palette to the drawing board, with multi-instrumentalists Pan and Fisher serving to widen Walker's sound. Drummer Brian Aiken joined the lineup...
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