In two short years, Quinn Walker, Austin Fisher, Pan and Brian Aiken, aka Suckers, emerged with a sound and aesthetic that grew them a local following from their homebase at the Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With the members often simultaneously playing multiple instruments per song and singing, shouting and chanting in unison, the group’s early shows (often featuring the band in face paint and costumes) were wild affairs featuring primal beats, future sounds, trumpet blasts, religious truths and the sheer enjoyment of three one-man bands playing together. The trio knew they were missing something or someone and added drummer/keyboardist Brian Aiken, fresh off a year abroad in Hungary. With Brian on board, the band hit their stride, packing local venues and sharing bills with friends and kindred spirits in Yeasayer, MGMT, Bear In Heaven, Chairlift and Real Estate.

Those same audiences—and a nationwide mass of new converts—found themselves fully enmeshed in Suckers’ lush tapestry of joyous pop, style and imagination on their self-titled debut EP (produced by Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder), released in April of 2009. The EP —and its hit single, “It Gets Your Body Movin’

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Suckers – Candy Salad

There are a few interesting things that happen in a music listener’s life, and one of them is the moment when they discover a band, tell everyone about them, then watch them become huge. It’s the classic hipster cliché of knowing about a band before they get big, but what’s interesting is what happens to your enjoyment of said band after they get popular.

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