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Cited as one of 2018’s ‘break-out bands’, Say Sue Me are a Surf inspired Indie-Rock/Pop act from Busan, South Korea. Members consist of Byungkyu Kim on lead guitar, Sumi Choi on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jaeyoung Kim on Bass and Sungwan Lim on Drums.
The band released their first album “We’ve Sobered Up” in 2014, and an EP “Big Summer Night” in 2015, on Korean label Electric Muse. A self-titled compilation that paired their first record and EP was released by UK Damnably Records in 2017, marking the band’s first release outside of Korea, which served as an introduction to International audiences. Following well-anticipated showcases at SXSW & The Great Escape in 2018, the band released their sophomore album Where We Were Together and a RSD covers EP It’s Just a Short Walk!, winning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, i-D, The Independent, Stereogum, Paste, MTV, Uproxx, Fader, Drowned in Sound, DIY, The 405 & more. Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Don Letts have championed the band as well as Elton John on Beats1 and KEXP. In the same year, the band embarked on tours in Europe and Japan and appeared as part of the line up at the first DMZ Peace Train Music Festival in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. They count Yo La Tengo, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, The Ravonettes, Speedy Ortiz, The Beths, and The Notwist as fans.
In 2019, Say Sue Me were nominated for five Korean Music Awards (ultimately winning 2), going up against the almighty BTS in three major categories. They released At The End Of The Road, an environmental ode to the sea, showcased at SXSW 2019 for a second time, recorded a live session in the shoe box at Vans HQ in Los Angeles, played Les Eurockeennes Festival, Greenman Festival, Reeperbahn Festival and embark on their first North American tour in late 2019.
Like everyone else in the world, the band were forced to take a touring hiatus in 2020, and quietly began work on a new album. In 2021, they wrote open theme songs ‘So Tender’ for JTBC and Netflix’ Korean drama Nevertheless, and ‘My Heart’ for TvN’s hit Korean drama Yumi’s Cells, broadcast rights for which has been sold in more than 160 countries around the world.
In 2022, the band return with a new album and are scheduled to tour North America.