black-eyed SUZIE core members, mother-daughter duo Christine and Jara Marek, are reinventing themselves following a 3-year hiatus and recent move to Winnipeg MB.
Building on the many songs never heard or recorded, they along with fellow musicians, Sara Jane Hamel and Bobby Fraser are building on the rich eclectic sound the former "family" band was known for.
Subtly dark with gothic undertones, black-eyed SUZIE’s haunting melodies combined with rich harmonics and atmospheric rythms captivate audiences young and old alike. Harkening back to a 70's Fleetwood Mac/Neil Young era and an altertive rock 90's Crannberries/Radiohead vibe, their songs speak of finding some beautiful truth in the unpleasant.
"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. Unconventional acoustic bass and percussive riffs combined with alternating classical to contemporary melodic vocal treatments and soulfull lyrics take you on a journey into the backwaters of Canadian life.
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 has enjoyed 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, The Manitoba Marathon, Winnipeg Fringe Fest, Fire and Water Music Festival, and Indie Week 2017. In 2018 they had the 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.