Charleston-based band Susto visited Columbia this weekend to play at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, featuring songs from both its newly released album “Ever Since I Lost My Mind” and its sophomore album “& I’m Fine Today.”
Papa Jazz is much smaller than the standard concert venue, allowing Susto to create an intimate setting with just a harmonica, two guitars and no microphone.
“I always like a small thing, we can see more, hear better. I think most people like that, I mean, of course you can’t fit the whole band in here, so that’s the other side of it. But I think most people like a shot to see the artist close throughout," Tim Smith, owner of Papa Jazz said.
During the show, Susto performed "Está Bien," a single from their new album that was completely written in Spanish. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, lead singer Justin Osborne said that he wrote the song in California and views it as a nod to the Cuban musicians and artists that have inspired him.
Throughout the show, the crowd and band were in sync and the combination of Susto's unique energy and the closeness of the audience matched the intimate venue.
After the show, Osborne was outside smiling for photographs and signing posters and CDs that were brought to him.