Suspirians formed in 2013, but the connection between the Austin, Texas-based bandmates —guitarist/vocalist Marisa Pool, bassist/synths Stephanie Demopulous, and drummer Lisa Cameron—extends back to the 1990s, when they got to know each other through their involvement in their city’s music community.
“That’s what everybody did in Austin then,” Demopulos says. “You didn’t have to spend all your time working so you would have a place to live, and you had more time to devote to your own and other’s endeavors. A lot of people from that time are still very involved in the music scene here and the three of us certainly are. The Suspirians are a product of that, I think.”
Being a product of your community means being impacted (directly or indirectly), by the sounds, atmospheres, and people around you. For Suspirians, the rich cultural fabrics of their surroundings serves as both inspiration and a starting off point for their musical adventures. “I would add psychotic to psychedelic, and that would be a more accurate description of the old Austin music scene,” Pool says. “If we carry on any of the local traditions or attitudes, an example would be that of raw, noisy rock, a la Scratch Acid. But we are Austin oak trees we have roots growing here. I would say we take all of the aspects of our varied local influences in the Austin underground and make it our own. I don’t think that we bring anything to the party that is totally new other than our individual experiences and how they combine mathematically in our music—The formula can get quite epic and sincere.”
Following a self-titled album in 2014, Suspirians will release their newest collaboration, Ti Bon Ange, on June 9 via Super Secret Records. The title comes from the literal translation of Haitian voodoo term for “little good angel,” but sinking into the record’s enticing, offbeat blend of psychedelic rock, post-punk, garage, 60s pop, and more, one gets a sense that its creators might not be so angelic themselves. “One of my favorite things about being in the band is that we are open to so many different influences and really nothing is out of bounds,” Demopulus says, citing shared inspirations such as Stooges, Hawkwind, and PIL, visual artists such as Maya Deren, and even rock and pop pioneers like Link Wray and the Shangri-Las as adding color and texture to the album’s heady sounds.
But while much of Ti Bon Ange is distinctly noise- and riff driven, Suspirians chose to kick things off with the comparatively soothing fuzz of “Fortune Spider.” “A fortune spider is a part of you. It’s psychic feminine knowledge. It’s being joyous in your complexity and dancing through the dark shit of life. It is a great opener in my opinion because it’s sets a hypnotic tone for the record, and it’s a side of Suspirians that only shows up once,” Pool says.
Check out “Fortune Spider” now. Ti Bon Ange is available for pre-orders now.