Song Premiere: New Music from the Suffers

The Houston-based soul band returns with “Take Me to the Good Times,” a joyful ode to getting back on the road

Photo: Patty Lennon

It’s impossible to contain the unbridled joy Houston’s the Suffers bring to a show. To see the eight-piece soul and R&B outfit perform is like attending a packed rager, and frontwoman Kam Franklin—whose high-energy presence and wide-ranging vocals tend to turn strangers into fans pretty quickly—is always the life of the party. So it follows that their new single, “Take Me to the Good Times,” evokes the room-shaking shows that music fans have been pining for these last few months. Recorded in Denton, Texas, the funk-infused song’s up-tempo bass line and fetching keys give way to Franklin’s gleeful vocals repeating a line we can all relate to these days: “I just gotta get out.” 

The song was actually recorded last fall, following what had been a difficult year for the band. “We honestly thought that last year would be the hardest we’ve ever had to push through,” Franklin says. First formed in 2011, the Suffers had gone through changes in their founding roster, and suffered the theft of a trailer holding tens of thousands of dollars of equipment. “Through all of that, we chose to enter the recording studio last fall with our head held high, knowing that bigger things were on the horizon,” Franklin says. “This song is a reward to us for the hard work we put in, but it also serves as a love letter to the road while offering a promise to return back to it.”

Stream “Take Me to the Good Times” below, and keep up with what’s next for the band on Instagram and Facebook