The Suburbs 40th Anniversary Party Record Release
The Suburbs is described as a punk rock/funk/new wave band, and fans would add dance, pop, and even jazz to that list. Having formed in 1977, they have opened for the bands that are the foundation of 1980’s music: REM, The Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Blondie, and B-52s among them. Minnesotans may recognize their 1983 song, “Love is the Law,” as it was the anthem for Minnesota’s marriage equality campaign. Their sound isn’t the only thing that created their enthusiastic following, however; the band is also known for its witty sense of humor.
Arthur Phillips describes passionately on the First Avenue website why everyone needs to listen to The Suburbs. He writes: “Since their first EP in 1978 (the vinyl of which was, of course, bright red), The Suburbs have toyed with genres and forms, have pureed their influences and smashed their own personalities together, and consistently produced music that could only conceivably be their own. What happens if you cross funk and cowboy laments? Punk and bar-room piano? Punk and Dada? Dance music and creepy monologues about summer camp? The Suburbs.”
On Friday, August 4th, The Suburbs are celebrating their “Hey Muse” record release show along with their 40th Anniversary Celebration at the First Avenue Mainroom. They’re joined by special guests Ryan and Pony and The Current’s resident DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission. Tickets are $22/$25 advance/at the door. Show starts at 7:30. You can find $6 parking at the two Park and Shop ramps just a couple blocks away. The discount is valid all day Sundays and after 4 pm the rest of the week.