NYC’s SUO aka Saara Untracht-Oakner (BOYTOY) treats us to a new fuzz-punk single with suitably tuff visuals to match.
Here’s the blurb with more:
Directed by the artist and Yazz Jansen, SUO zooms along city streets pursued by chain-swinging creeps in the clip for ‘Don’t Catch Me’, drenched with VHS textures and late nite ambiance. Not so coincidentally, these same crooks are in fact the SUO touring band, playing at Whammy Bar in Tāmaki Makaurau and Kirikiriroa’s Last Place later in the week.
“I wrote this song many years ago when I was working for a delivery service, wandering the streets of NYC at night, thinking about an off limits love potential. It sat for years as an unfinished demo until the right time finally came for it to find its life and sound. Once a spark is set into motion can it be stopped?”
Monday 8th January – Meow, Wellington w/ Hemi Hemingway
Wednesday 10th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Elliot & Vincent, Ratso*
Thursday 11th January – Last Place, Hamilton*
*Tickets available HERE via UTR
Perhaps best known for her work with BOYTOY, NYC musician and artist Saara Untracht-Oakner presents a personal collection of new songs that erupt with a broad spectrum of sprawling melodies and sticky emotions.
Recorded in Mexico City over the course of a month, this sophomore offering screams with the energy that SUO’s live shows are known for. Working with producer Pablo Valero (of Santa Sabina) to translate her electrifying stage presence into a recorded form, SUO constantly blurs the lines of feminine and masculine energy in a post-gender eruption of androgynous power!
The record includes playing from Josephine (of The Josephine Network), Max Hersh (of Dirty Fences) and Nat Brower (of Brower), who all regularly join SUO on stage.
Saara’s songwriting draws inspiration from a range of legendary artists including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Big Star and Grace Jones, yet this record manages to sound truly her own. SUO is an amalgamation of almost 20 years of songwriting, over 10 years of national and international touring and a fierce insatiable craving for growth, exploration and creation, something that makes its presence known on this powerful new record.
“…the stripped down, naturalistic work that is highlighted on her solo album Dancing Spots and Dungeons, allows her talent to shine through…I couldn’t help but be reminded of the gender-bending, dance tracks that were popularized in the ’80s. …Saara’s music transcends time and identity barriers” –Alt Citizen
“The project from BOYTOY front woman Saara Untracht-Oakner is brilliant in its sensual yet grungy tones” –BTR Today “Untracht-Oakner’s latest collection of songs…encapsulates a spectrum of emotions.” –Coavel
“SUO is retro in the sense you want to put on glitter shorts and head to the disco. Her music is atmospheric and inspiring, drawing you away from a mundane experience to something exciting that is sitting within you.” –LadyGunn
“Featuring gritty, dazzling sounds and hauntingly stunning visuals, her latest record Dancing Spots and Dungeons offers a promising insight into her unique creative vision and unapologetic message to be yourself.” –Milk XYZ
“Muted guitars and atmospheric wah-wahs underlay Untracht-Oakner’s post-punk vocal delivery, drawing inspiration from a wide range of artists including David Byrne, Prince, and Patti Smith.” – Deli Magazine – NYC
“Part Blondie part Suzi Quatro, it really has a late 70s feel to it; the kind of record you can imagine blasting from your old tiny transistor on a summer night…it embraces all that is magical about pop music; it is sexy, laid back, moving and fun all at the same time, an album of extremely well written and crafted guitar pop songs with a 70s new wave twist.” – Monolith Cocktail 2019 albums of the year
SUO has played Music Hall of Williamsburg, TV Eye, Babys All Right, Union Pool in NYC, Los Angeles, and a European tour in Feb, 2020 SUO has played with The Black Lips, The Nude Party, The Growlers, Faux Real, Fishbach, The Mooney Sazuki, Sloppy Jane