This LA foursome is coming to the UK with American charm, witty lyrics and a whole host of talent. If you’re a lover of indie with a dark side, Sucker For Pumps are certainly for you. Sounds of the 80s are fused with some of the best indie names of today to create something a bit edgy and perhaps slightly sexy.
Money is their second EP and follows Lights, which was released in 2009. Both albums are packed full of melodic guitars and catchy drum beats with emotion seeping from every word. Now with a new guitarist, Robert Melero, Sucker For Pumps look set to step out and make their mark on the over-populated indie world.
The EP begins with the clever twists and turns of Orpheus, a smoky indie-pop track with a hint of recent Arctic Monkeys in the riffs. This hint of British style could be a real winner, when they cross the pond. The instrumental around the two minute mark would make a great gig outro, as the singing guitars let you know that these guys have got something special. They’re not just using the same rhythms, which plenty of other bands have done- this is something new.
The title track begins with a similar guitar melody and then launches into singer Ruben’s deep vocals about the harsh reality of being broke. It’s a universal theme, which is often written and talked about (badly, might I add) but Sucker For Pumps deal with it in a mature and frank way. “Can you see me making money?” is almost like they’re questioning the listener about whether they think the band will make it. It’s a powerful track, which incorporates plenty of raw emotion.
Pistoleros moves the EP into a more indie-pop phase and the slight electronic sound to the guitars make it the most upbeat track. As is common with a lot of great songs, the instruments don’t always mirror the lyrics and indeed Pistoleros falls into this category. The great thing about it is that despite the downward lyrics and energetic riffs, it still manages to be unlike anything else out there at the moment.
Closing with another dark rock song like Stampede brings the EP full circle and we’re once again treated to bluesy guitars and simple rhythm. It’s slower and more mellow than Orpheus, which is to be expected in the warm-down but with another instrumental that would make an electrifying outro, the band seem to know their talents. They have indeed clocked up an impressive live CV and to have them in the UK is an incredibly exciting prospect.
As they begin the international leg of their journey as a band, they simply state:
“Our intentions are to play to anyone that will have us. Our goal is simply to make good art. If at the end of the day the fame and stardom never dawn, we’re good with it.”
So, watch this space!