Say Sue Me have been around for ten years, but this year was when I discovered the Busan, South Korea band. (I have a friend who lived in South Korea for years and saw them a bunch of times, but never told me about them. I'm still mad at her for this.) Their 2022 release, The Last Thing Left goes far beyond their self-described "surf rock" genre. While the songs all fit together masterfully, they all combine elements of shoegaze, indie rock, and indie pop with surf rock. The songs comprising this album also range from upbeat, cheery tracks to much more somber and moody ones as the band processes the 2019 death of their original drummer Semin Kang. You get the moody shoegaze-heavy "Still Here" immediately followed by the Brit-pop level cheeriness of "Around You." The Last Thing Left combines their 1960's surf rock influences with 1990's indie rock to make this completely unique sound that is both a throwback and completely original. "To Dream" might be my favorite track of the year, and it's one of the most lovely shoegaze songs of all time. If you're just discovering Say Sue Me like I did, at least you have ten years of music to throw yourself into!
Songs of note: "Still Here," "Around You," "To Dream," and "No Real Place"