Give It a Listen: Susie Blue – People Like Us

Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.

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Derry four-piece Susie Blue have released their new single ‘People Like Us’. This Indie rock track carries a message challenging intolerance and hatred in society, particularly in the form of homophobia. The track is certainly edgy and grabs your attention, however after hearing the first 20 seconds or so, I did have to take a moment to work out what it was that I felt I was listening to. After 5 minutes of poking around the internet, I quickly realised that the opening of their offering sounds very very similar to Rage Against the Machine’s Killing In The Name. This was overly distracting, despite the track being a pretty good listen.
Susie Blue consists of Susan Donaghy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and synth) and three friends, John Goodman (drums), Caolan Moore (lead guitar) and Mark Doherty (bass). The band has come together following Susan’s early solo releases under the name Susie Blue such as ‘Trust Me’ and ‘Guess The End’ which also dealt with issues of sexuality, love and hope.
Building up their fan base in Ireland, the band have been playing gigs around the country including appearances at Swell Festival and the Maritime Festival this summer and will be heading back out on the road for their first headline Irish Tour this month. Full dates are below.

‘People Like Us’ Tour dates

August 11th – Echo Echo, Derry
August 13th – Mchughs, Belfast
August 17th – Swagmans, Sligo
August 18th – Whelans, Dublin
August 27th – Foyle Pride, Derry

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