CD review: SU8CK
by Dan Brisebois

After only a couple years together, SU8CK have steadily gained a reputation around Toronto as one of the freshest sounds in quite awhile. They released their self-titled debut EP in the summer of 2002 and have since gone on to spread their word to the rest of the province. The 5 Waterton, Ontario natives are headed by Taco on vocals (not the one who did “Puttin’ On The Ritz” in the early 80’s), and rounded out by guitarists Ryan Haviland and Matt Hanley, bassist Tom Homeniuk and Mike Campbell on drums. Recorded and mastered by Scott ‘Hash’ Pipe, the 5 tracks begin with “Breathe”, a number which actually starts out with a rather reserved, acoustic-guitar based intro, then lets loose.

“The Cramp” is an interesting little number that starts out with a catchy little bass riff and finally lets loose from the tune’s restraints for the chorus, almost like a penned-up rage that has made their live shows gain a lot of critical praise. It’s raw. It’s unbridled and sums up the band’s general philosophy.

“Making Sense” is possibly the most interesting of the five tracks. Acoustic guitars make up a tender melody which still manages to keep its hardcore edge. “Jail Cell” is another number which begins with a bass solo then lets loose with a sort of unbridled passion that’s really rare these days and definitely welcome. The fifth track is rather prophetic. “When The Time Comes” is a restrained uptempo track which again relies heavily on their acoustic sound. It’s prophetic because their time isn’t far away.

SU8CK have taken their first steps, following in the path of such groups as Nickelback and Econoline Crush. Noteable tho is the production values on the debut EP. It’s often expected that an INDEPENDENTly-produced and marketed CD lacks quality – not the case here. Hash Pipe has done a great job capturing the band’s energy and transferring it to disc.

Developing a style all their own, the group has proven itself ready for the next leap and ready to tackle the rest of the country.