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FEB047: “Sour” by Sushi Backpack

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February Records is proud to announce the digital release of “Sour,” the latest EP from Sushi Backpack. 

The Chicago-based bedroom-pop outfit is fronted by songwriter and guitarist Ben Austin. After playing in post-rock and garage bands, he was inspired to start playing indiepop and to start Sushi Backpack when he was living in Cleveland, Ohio, in the mid- to late-2000’s and listening to local bands like Afternoon Naps, Bears and Trouble Books.

On “Sour,” Ben is joined by Gooey Fame on drums, Nikki Geslani on bass and vocals and Jen Lee on keyboards, for recording and playing live, with additional long-distance vocal support from Leanne Butkovic.

Sushi Backpack plays fun, upbeat indiepop that draws inspiration from bands such as Rocketship, Die Fünf Freunde and Citrus, but the first band you might think of when you hear them is Tullycraft. 

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Sushi Backpack came to our attention after being included on the wonderful “Secret Gardens” compilation released in 2017 by Fallen Love Records. Before that, they self-released an EP of demos — appropriately called “One Day You Have to Face Your Demos” — on cassette, which has since sold out.

 The five-song EP “Sour” by Sushi Backpack is available exclusively as a digital download.

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Coming soon: New release from Sushi Backpack

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We’re excited to announce we will be digitally releasing the upcoming EP from Chicago band Sushi Backpack. The bedroom project is fronted by songwriter and guitarist Ben Austin who is joined by Gooey Fame on drums, Nikki Geslani on bass and vocals and Jen Lee on keyboards, for recording and playing live, with additional long-distance vocal support from Leanne Butkovic. Sushi Backpack draws inspiration from bands such as Rocketship, Die Fünf Freunde and Citrus, but the first band you might think of when you hear them is Tullycraft. 

A version of Sushi Backpack’s song “Saku” was featured last year on the Fallen Love Records compilation “Secret Gardens” and will also be on the upcoming EP. In an interview with Fallen Love, Ben talks about the song:

For a few years I had an office job that allowed me to listen to music the whole day and, through extensive YouTube sleuthing and recommendations from the Indiepop Digest, I discovered a lot of great music from Japan. Last spring, after finding some cheap plane tickets and using all my paid time off, I booked a trip to Tokyo and planned to see a show every night! I met a girl over there (we hung out at a Kiichibiru show) and we stayed in touch after I returned home. So this song is sort of about that trip and that girl and whether or not we would feel the same way about each other the next time we met. She didn’t but I left that out of the song… 

Check out “Saku” below and stay tuned for more information about Sushi Backpack.