Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Friends since 5th grade Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) met drummer Semin Kang at high school and played in band’s together until the winter of 2012, when one day they were drinking tea and beer at a tea shop in Nampo-dong, when Sumi arrived. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting.
Sadly the original drummer is now recovering from a semi-comatose state. While they eagerly await his recovery, they met the new drummer Changwon Kim through the internet.
Formed in 2012, they released their 1st album [We’ve Sobered Up] in 2013 and EP [Big Summer Night] in 2014 on Korean Indie label Electric Muse.
Damnably Records of London, England released a Record Store Day exclusive 7″ EP [Semin] and Compilation album of 1st and EP [Say Sue Me] in UK/Europe to coincide with the bands debut UK tour supporting Japan’s Otoboke Beaver that started at a sold out 100 Club in London.
The band have been championed by Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts on BBC 6Music and were included in the 4 BBC Playlists. A lot of the KEXP have also
taken a shine to the band and Elton John on Beats 1.
Following their debut at SXSW festival Say Sue Me’s sophomore album “Where We were Together” was released in April 2018 ahead of their ‘Busan Calling’ debut UK/EU tour that ended with three capacity showcases at The Great Escape Festival.
The release of a RSD 4 track 12″ covers EP “it’s just a short walk!” and the 7″ single “Just Joking Around” followed with Tugboat Records in Japan also releasing the album and a tour followed.
The band return to the UK/EU for their WWWT Tour this October.
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NPR “…jangly indie-pop, handclap-rich girl-group classics and the lightly rumbling sounds of early surf-rock. At once stylish and timeless…”
MTV “…your new favorite indie rock band from Korea!”
Pitchfork “…its vibrant and catchy instrumentation does so much work, “Old Town” suggests less the ache of being alone in a city than it does the tingly feeling that accompanies a life-changing milestone.”
KEXP “…jangle-pop hooks, stunning vocal melodies, and intricate guitarwork that stands up proudly against some of their influences like Yo La Tengo and Pavement…”
Billboard “…with a growing buzz surrounding their jangly single, “Old Town,” Korean indie quartet Say Sue Me is on the up-and-up…”
Uproxx “…you don’t need to fully grasp the backstory to get sucked into its feverish tempo and go-for-broke delivery, with the band’s innate ear for a warm melody striking by the time the chorus kicks in.”
Stereogum “The seven-minute slow burn “Coming To The End” evokes late-album indie-rock epics such as Yo La Tengo’s “We’re An American Band” or Pavement’s “Fillmore Jive”…”
The Fader “Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.”
GQ Korea “…the most famous korean indie band in the world”