When Suckers initially started touring, they didn’t know that they’d soon have to cobble together a full-length debut — or, that they’d field comparisons to fellow Brooklyn bands like MGMT and Yeasayer. So while 2010’s Wild Smile includes breakout EP hit “It Gets Your Body Movin’,” Suckers grew eager to shed all comparisons and record brand-new choruses for the touring to come. Last fall they teamed with producer Matt Boynton (Black Dice, MGMT) and retreated to Vacation Island Studios in Brooklyn, with the majority of their sophomore album already written. “This time we knew that we were writing songs for a record, and so a little bit consciously, we started to make it seem like a more cohesive effort.” But to their delight, the band soon discovered that their favorite moments in Candy Salad are the ones they least expected.
Hive talked to all three members of Suckers about the sweetest moments in their second album, named after a dish that Walker’s fiance used to mix out of, yes, miniature candies.
1. The tender, ’80s-ballad-esque “Leave the Light On”
Quinn Walker: I think we all felt this way about “Light On” — that it was a standout. We didn’t even know if we were going to keep it in the album but then we really liked it. We liked it just as much as the other stuff, if not more.
2. The first single, “Turn on the Sunshine”
Walker: I don’t really think it fits as neatly as into the album as all the other songs, but it did stand out as one of the catchiest. Most of the people who’ve listened to it have had reactions, and when they hear it, they remember the melody.
Pan: I think it’s kind of a nice summer song. Summer is upon us, and I think people are actually already putting it on their summer mixtapes.
Pan: I like it when the piano comes in on “Bricks to the Bones.” The bridges in “Bricks to the Bones” and “Chinese Braille” were spot-on. We played them, and we really didn’t have to go back and revise anything, because those two songs really came together on their own.
Walker: They go really well together, and for me those two songs may even sound the best. They are the most effortless.
4. “George,” its first song named after an actual person — as opposed to “Lydia,” “Charmaine” and Wild Smile‘s “Martha”
Walker: He’s really close with Austin and I. He was our best friend growing up, and this song kind of goes back to high school and feelings that you had around that time. We never mentioned his name in the song, but the song is kind of based around that time we were inseparable and is an ode that initially eases along with steel drums, then builds tension with wormy synths.
5. The end of Candy Salad‘s very last song, “Roses”
Walker: I really like the sparseness of “Roses” in the end, ending the song on a very pretty note. At the end of Wild Smile, we had everybody join us in the studio, singing at the same time — really celebratory. This time we just kind of end on almost a sad, lingering note.
Candy Salad is out April 24 on Frenchkiss.