The Suffers have released their first new single in two years in the form of an optimistic tune entitled, “Take Me To The Good Times”. The eight-piece band last released new music in 2018 with their Everything Here LP, and look to charge through what has been a tough few years from the Houston-based group to brighter days down the line.

“A little over two months ago, life as we knew it came to a halt. Our tours were cancelled, and the world as we knew it changed. As a band, we honestly thought that last year would be the hardest we’ve ever had to push through. It brought us the loss of our two founding members, our trailer, and 40k worth of instruments getting stolen, on top of all the other ups and downs life has to offer,” singer Kam Franklin said with Wednesday’s single release. “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. 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. I only had time to shout out just a few of the cities we can’t wait to visit or go back to, but I could have kept going and going. The last 5 years of touring have taken us to some of the most incredible places. We put a lot of love into this one, and we hope that love is felt as it comes through your speakers. We love you, and we can’t wait to come back and play in your city.”

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The lively funk track grooves along with a bounce as Franklin sings, “I just gotta get out out most days you see/I like walking around it’s good for me/Could ya tell where we could go eat/Take me to the good times.” “Take Me To The Good Times” beams with feel-good energy making for a nice addition to those summertime outdoor playlists. For the band, sharing this new song with the industry in a dangerous state of flux, was never a question.

“While releasing music during the current state of the world feels strange, it’s absolutely necessary,” Franklin continued. “To us, Black Lives have always mattered, but as the rest of the world begins to learn and understand this, we will continue doing what we do best. Leading, listening, and creating with love. June is black music month. June is when we celebrate Juneteenth, and after sharing this song with all you, June will hold yet another special memory for us. A memory where we pushed through it all to deliver a little piece of joy to the masses. We encourage you to donate to this list of Black trans-led organizations compiled by Brittany Packnett Cunningham.”

Listen to the brand new “Take Me To The Good Times” via its animated music video below.

The Suffers – “Take Me To The Good Times” 

[Video: The Suffers]