By Christina Stock
Roswell Daily Record
Americana band Susto is going to perform on Friday at 7 p.m. at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro.
Susto just added new shows to its extensive headline tour. They just finished a 17-city stretch in March and early April supporting The Lumineers.
The Charleston-based five-piece’s new album, “& I’m Fine Today,” debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and No. 1 on the Amazon Movers & Shakers Chart. Earlier this season, they made their national TV debut on CBS “This Morning: Saturday” in addition to performances on Rolling Stone and Paste live-streamed sessions.
Susto is comprised of Justin Osborne (vocals, guitar), Dries Vandenberg (guitar), Marshall Hudson (drums), Jenna Desmond (bass) and Corey Campbell (guitar and keys).
In a phone interview, Osborne talked about the origin of the name Susto.
“I had focused on Latin American and Caribbean studies in school as an anthropology student in my mid-20s,” Osborne said. “I knew Susto is a colloquial term for fear. I learned that in some folklore circles it has more a psychological meaning to it, more like an extended panic attack. There are some undertones to it, soul and body. I was feeling lost, I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. I had been into drugs, more than I should have been. I was coming out of a longterm relationship. The songs reflected that, calling the project Susto was appropriate. The touring with my band Susto picked up, so I had to drop out of school.”
Osborne moved for a brief time to Cuba before moving to Charleston, which became a turning point in Osborne’s life. A tight-knit young artistic community was just what he needed to thrive.
“A lot of people live close to each other. You get to know everybody and who they are. There are a lot of people who are in a band. I was not in Greenwich Village in the ‘60s, but what I heard how it was like, I think it is a similar dynamic with people collaborating in the arts (as in Charleston). People like to go out to see shows. Charleston has a strong impact into what we are doing, finding the project and finding that first audience,” Osborne said.
The band started out as an acid country band. It got a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll and indy rock in it, folk music, Cuban and electronics. It fits into the alternate country genre.
“We are expanding on the sound,” Osborne said. “I have a southern accent, so I am always put into the country, rock mix, no matter what I am doing, just by the way I talk and sing. We have influences from all across the board. We really try to keep it fresh. We don’t want to sound like anybody else.”
The band is going to perform songs from its first album and the new album, “& I’m Fine Today.”
“Something to take away from it (the new songs) is just understanding and appreciating when you’re not always fine, he said. This album is about coming to terms with yourself and feeling OK with your place in the universe.
“I have never played in Roswell, but I have been there before. I went to Roswell one time with a friend on a trip to Marfa, Texas. I stopped in Roswell to see the museum and all that stuff. I am looking forward to coming back.
“We want the people to come out and have a fun live music experience with us. Hopefully people will give us a chance and become lifelong fans.”
After the band’s performance in Roswell, they are continuing the tour in Texas. “Basically we’ll be on tour for the rest of the year. We are going to finish up touring North America, and we’ll be going to Europe and Australia later,” Osborne said.
Tickets for the show are $10 per person and are available at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St. For more information, call 627-6265.
Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at email@example.com.