Ti Bon Ange

by Suspirians

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Female band from the psychedelic capital of the world - Austin, TX

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"A trio of ladies, Marisa, Stephanie and Lisa (for the record, drummer Lisa is Lisa Cameron has played with both Roky Erickson and ST37 as well), who call Austin, TX home. They offer up this 7-song (6 listed but there’s a hidden track and it totals 40 minutes) record, their sophomore effort, that will rearrange your thinkin’ but good. And if they took their name from that horror flick Suspiria well, they’re now making me rethink my whole existence. From song number one, “Fortune Spider” it’s dark, heavy and a bit mysterious too (again, you’ve gotta see that movie) and I was initially reminded of the holy/unholy swill created by masters like Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers but they really knock it out of the park on menacing monsters like “Nocturne” and “Moonwave.” On the other side of the record (we in the industry like to call it side B) “Black Holes” grunts n’ groans and never really lets up as it does until the side of the record ends. Guitarist/vocalist Marisa Pool stated that while recording they would “end up getting lost in the songs together in a sort of epic fever dream.” There you go, an “epic fever dream”, I can’t describe it any better than that. Ti Bon Angeis worth your time and then some." — Dagger Zine

"Today’s incarnation of Austin’s music scene might be best known for indie rock heroes Spoon, Americana darling Shakey Graves, or blues rocker Gary Clark, Jr. But historically, bands like the 13th Floor Elevators, Ed Hall, or Butthole Surfers form a long tradition of psych, noise, and generally weird rock in the capital city. Carrying that torch nowadays is trippy punk band Suspirians—a trio consisting of singer/guitarist Marisa Pool, bassist Stephanie Demopulos, and drummer Lisa Cameron.

Sprawling compositions of propulsive rock unfold against a noisy backdrop of atmospheric synths and squealing guitars on the band’s sophomore effort, Ti Bon Age, out today on Super Secret Records. Songwriter Pool casually calls it “cosmic rock.” The album is a bottle of experimental rock labeled “drink me.” Only the most adventurous music listeners will discover how deep this rabbit hole truly goes.

In making the record, Pool says the idea was to “just be free with it,” adding, “We have moments of getting lost in the songs.” These impressionistic pieces evolve and morph, changing drastically over their duration, each one offering a churning whirlpool of immersive sound. The album’s title references a Haitian voodoo phrase meaning “little good angel,” an idea that represents a part of the self that leaves the body while sleeping so you can dream.

With a kaleidoscopic montage of colors as its cover artwork, the record embodies the charm of old Austin oddity. A fifth-generation Austinite, Pool says the city’s culture is just a part of her identity. “I don’t even know how many shows I’ve been to, because that’s all I’ve been doing since I was 15,” she remarks. She was making Austin weird before people were concerned with keeping Austin weird.

With Ti Bon Age flying high as this trio’s freak flag, they’re hoping it stays that way." — Austin Monthly

"Rock music, when done right, will always take us into a netherworld that we never knew existed, but we always somehow felt was within ourselves. The cosmos of inescapable rhythm, in-your-face melody and words, all speak simple truths that perhaps we couldn’t speak for ourselves. Austin, TX trio Suspirians summons that netherworld with their sophomore album Ti Bon Ange.

The album title is taken from a Haitian voodoo term that translates literally to “little good angel” — the part of one’s soul that holds one’s individuality and personal qualities, which leaves the body when sleeping so you can dream. It’s a title quite befitting of the experience listening to Ti Bon Ange, where listeners become immersed in a sound, not just casually attending to it.

From the first notes of the album, throughout its 7-song, 40 minute duration it’s clear that Suspirians aim to deconstruct rock in a way that’s both psychedelic and mysterious as much as it’s direct, infectious and powerful. Guitarist/vocalist Marisa Pool, bassist/keyboardist Stephanie Demopulos and drummer Lisa Cameron craft songs that shape-shift from part to part rather than follow traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. It’s a wall of guitars and subtle synth layers, vocals drenched in reverb and on the brink of feedback, powerful and open drumming that allows the songs to flow like molten lava without ever sounding lethargic. Points of reference bridge a wide array of psychedelic, punk and experimental sounds: Pylon, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stooges first album, Frightwig, early Butthole Surfers, Roky Erickson & The Aliens, late 70s British post-punk and more.

“We would end up getting lost in the songs together in a sort of epic fever dream,” Pool says. “We did not overthink or over control anything on this record. It was all about going with the flow and following our instincts.” Suspirians’ self-titled debut album — with original drummer Anna Lamphear — was comparatively a more straightforward and garagey affair. Pool and Demopulos began experimenting with their sound soon after and with the addition of Cameron, they collectively found the aesthetic they were after. Cameron’s extensive musical history — having played with the legendary Roky Erickson, as well as celebrated Austin psych band ST37 and other improv/noise projects — helped the band expand its vision. Suspirians’ former synth player Sheila Scoville also guested on the recording.

Ti Bon Ange was recorded at 5th Street Studios with engineer Evan Kleinecke, while the band was still navigating their way through the nascent songs. “We had some raw and powerful basic tracks to bounce off of and the rest of the time was just having fun playing really loud and experimenting,” Pool says. The results are equally as deliberate and completely free as groundbreaking rock’n’roll should be." — Echoes And Dust

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released June 27, 2017

Suspirians are:

Marisa Pool - guitar / vox
Stephanie Demopulos - bass / synth
Lisa Cameron - drums

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