"black-eyed SUZIE pulled me out of my lawn chair!" Al Friesen, Made In Manitoba, Golden West Radio
Cutting their teeth as a full family band, once comprised of mom, dad, brother and sister, this mother-daughter led four-piece continues to turn heads with their unique Canadian gothic folk-rock inspired sound. Don't be surprised to find yourself swaying in the breeze or carried off down a meandering river unexpectedly lost in thought and introspection, while tapping your toes under a canopy of bright acoustic rhythms and melodic voices reminiscent of birdsong you've long forgotten from childhood.
Harkening back to a 70's Fleetwood Mac/Neil Young era and an alternative rock 90's Crannberries/Radiohead vibe, their songs speak of finding some beautiful truth in the shadows.
"When you grow up isolated on the Canadian prairie you develop a deep connection to the land, the sky, the trees and the creatures that reside there. Isolation becomes your best friend and at times your worst enemy. Since integrating into urban life we find we miss the clear night sky the most and the alternating silence and birdsong that is almost non-existent here over the hum of constant traffic."
Coming from remote and urban communities scattered across the Canadian landscape, each member brings their unique and collective life experiences to the stage. Lead-singer-songwriter Christine draws on a dark past growing up in a tiny conservative community with a Schizophrenic brother who eventually succumbed to a brutal suicide the year she was married. Following that was a deep dive into an abusive relationship that grew progressively worse as time went on, a process she describes as akin to a frog being killed slowly in boiling water. With an intimate knowledge of mental illness and domestic abuse, she is compassionate about bringing awareness to these still very stigmatized issues.
black-eyed SUZIE's songs are deep, contemplative and sometimes described as sad or dark. These are however scattered between lively Americana (or Canadiana if you will) fair with songs and stories that cut to the chase about dark family secrets and a colorful history that will leave you wanting to know and hear more! Unconventional acoustic bass and percussive riffs combined with alternating classical to contemporary melodic vocal treatments and soulful lyrics take you on a journey into the backwaters of Canadian life familiar to many.
black-eyed SUZIE released their first studio album, Back To You, in 2012, and recently released their first music video in December 2017. The band is currently working on a new release to reflect the addition of electric guitar, piano, flute and Djembe.
The band continues to enjoy playing house concerts, coffee houses, pubs, community celebrations and music festivals. Highlights include the National Elk’s Curling Bonspiel, Headlining the Manitoba Summer Games, Harvest Sun Music Festival's Moody Manitoba Workshop, Swords and Sabres, Winnipeg Fringe Fest, Fire and Water Music Festival, and Indie Week 2017. They are a mainstay at the Manitoba Summer Games and in December of 2018 had the special opportunity to share their personal stories of survival through word and song at The WAG to support Breaking The Silence on Domestic Violence.
The band enjoys regular airplay on CFGW 94.1 Fox FM and CJ104 Stillwater FM, and have been featured on Made in Manitoba Golden West Radio, CKUW 95.9 FM, UMFM's Winnipeg Music Project Podcast, EV’s underground CKCU-FM 93.1 in Ottawa, and Random Tangents on www.95xonline.com Radio Texas.