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PRESS: IndiPulse Music

Original article: https://indiepulsemusic.com/2019/11/16/one-more-night-of-christmas-by-suzannes-band/

In their latest single, the holiday ballad “One More Night of Christmas,” Suzanne’s band get back to basics stylistically while imprinting their own unique mark on an iconic genre within western pop music. “One More Night of Christmas” challenges the one and only Mia Suzanne Walker to push her vocal abilities to the very limit without overstretching her skillset, and while her backing band provides an adept backdrop perfect for the tone of the music, it’s her singing that tends to light a fire more than anything else here does. Whether you’ve heard this group’s work before or not, this is a single that I highly recommend taking a look at this season.

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As previously mentioned, the lead vocal is the undeniable centerpiece of “One More Night of Christmas,” and I would even argue that it’s one of the warmer performances we’ve heard from Suzanne since her debut release, Breathe. Her naturally intimate drawl adds an elegance to the grander scheme of things that wouldn’t be present otherwise, and although there are a couple of moments around the chorus where she appears to cede some of the ground to the percussive parts, she never steps away from the spotlight long enough for us to break the spell created by her serenade.

This track has got one of the better basslines I’ve reviewed in the last month, and without its delicate cushioning of the lyrics, I’m not completely convinced that “One More Night of Christmas” would be quite as captivating as it is in this particular capacity. There’s not a stitch of unutilized space in this mix, and while the edges are rounded out nicely by the bass parts, I don’t get the sense that there ever was a lot of cleaning up to do behind the soundboard ahead of this single’s official release.

The percussion here is really consistent but never intrusive on the other components in the song at all, which is difficult to do when considering just how tight a production style Suzanne’s Band decided to go with in this track. There’s a little swing in the steps, and despite coming close a couple of times, the beat never devolves into overindulgence or obscurity behind the mammoth command of the lead vocal. Suzanne wants us to experience the full scope of her group’s sound here, and by keeping things on an even plain aesthetically, she’s able to show us everything they’ve got and then some.

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If you’ve been following their work lately, you’re absolutely going to love what Suzanne’s Band has done with the wonderful “One More Night of Christmas,” which I would deem one of the smarter Christmas tunes I’ve had the pleasure of encountering in the buildup to the holiday season. Suzanne continues to expand upon her trademark sound in this latest release, and though I’m certain that this won’t be the last time we find her music making headlines in some corner of the American pop underground or another, I’ve got a feeling that this is going to serve as one of her more popular releases among fans throughout the wintertime from here on out.

Mindy McCall

PRESS: mobangeles.com

Original article: https://mobangeles.com/one-more-night-of-christmas-by-suzannes-band/

Waves of keyboard melodies are skewed with the light touch of an electric guitar, a soft crash of drums and the rollicking beat they create as we enter “One More Night of Christmas” from Suzanne’s Band, but these first few bars are only a small sampling of the chill-spiking harmonies that await anyone who presses play on this latest release from the noted indie folk/rock act. Suzanne’s Band don’t waste any time before launching into the swing of the rhythm as though they were already mid-song in “One More Night of Christmas,” and while this isn’t the first galloping tempo they’ve played at before, there’s something particularly unique about the style of the drums in this single. Like a fast-beating heart, they guide a stellar vocal from Suzanne into the heavens from which it was first spawned, and in their wake leave a trail of haunting reverberations that on their own make this one of the more evocative Christmas songs of 2019. Suzanne and her eponymous band hit it out of the park here, and I’m hardly the only critic saying so this month.

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Production-wise, “One More Night of Christmas” is a really sterling offering from a band that has never been known to skimp on quality in the past. The varnish over the instrumental parts in the song is noticeably shiny but hardly a product of the commercial pop model, and I think that the vocals – while being lightly polished in certain parts of the chorus – are relatively raw by comparison. This doesn’t force any sort of duality or contrast in the music (truthfully, it does anything but), but it instead maximizes the depth of emotion in the textural elements of the song more than I would have expected it to. Suzanne is using every tool at her disposal here, from the mix to the melodies to the emotion within the players themselves, in her mission to make us embrace whatever’s on her mind via this medium, and though this isn’t her most involved listen, it’s probably one of the most emotive in tone because of the subject matter and recognizable nature of the composition’s genre itself.

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“One More Night of Christmas” is another excellent piece from Suzanne’s Band and a great addition to any winter holiday soundtrack, and whether you’re a big fan of seasonal music or not, I think that it has more than enough detail and decadence to please most pop fans this November and December. Suzanne is absolutely on fire with the microphone in this song, and even if it is a track tailor-made for those who have a penchant for pulsating holiday grooves, it’s just as tangible a listen if you love pop melodies and unadulterated swing as much as I do.

With “One More Night of Christmas,” Suzanne’s Band adds one more hit to their list of sensational songs to see release in the last two years, starting with the seminal 2017 debut Breathe and its six stately tracks. I’m eager for more, and after you’ve heard this, I think you will be as well.

Michael Rand

PRESS: IndieShark

Original article: https://indieshark.com/music-reviews/suzannes-band-one-more-night-of-christmas/

On the back of a graceful beat, Suzanne’s Band lay into the instrumental intro to “One More Night of Christmas,” and although this part of the song is remarkably short, it makes an impact that lingers over the remaining three and a half minutes of the track just the same. There’s a springiness to the rhythm here, an up-tempo sway if you will, but there isn’t any urgency to the dispensing of the melody. Nothing is rushed in this latest single from Suzanne’s Band; contrarily, there’s a close attention to even the smallest of details that many folk crossover groups would just as soon ignore. The bottom line? “One More Night of Christmas” starts out overwhelmingly strong and only gets more gripping as we take in its heroic harmonies.

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Mia Suzanne Walker, the mastermind behind Suzanne’s Band, is really good at spicing up a chorus, but she simply outdoes herself in this single. On the first occasion that she has to shine, she bursts through the verses without any hesitation and emerges on the other side of the hook with a rare swagger only hinted at in her last album, Breathe. By the time that we’re nearing the conclusion of the track, she’s taken us one hundred and eighty degrees in the other direction, whispering the chorus with an adorably relatable reticence ahead of the song’s grand finale. She’s taking a familiar formula and putting her own embellishment on it, which is common among superstars but not quite as frequent among her indie peer group.

The instrumentation in this single is very well-arranged but the vocal is always the focus from start to finish. You just can’t put someone like Walker on the stage and expect different results – when she’s belting out a verse, it’s as though the entire band behind her is moving in slow motion, adjusting their play to better suit the tonality of her voice. She’s quite the singer and has shown a lot of growth just in the two years that have passed since we last heard from her, and if she’s able to continue the evolutionary process through at least the first half of 2020, she and her band are going to be looking at a lot more limelight in this next decade.

With a peaceful fade into the sunrise, “One More Night of Christmas” comes to an end and leaves a giant void where its rhythmic grooves once occupied only moments earlier. I’ve always said that it’s even harder to record a successful holiday track than it is to make a popular rookie release, but Suzanne’s Band makes it look incredibly easy in this latest studio cut. From their approach to the lyrics to the immaculate treatment of the melodies, there’s no debate as to whether or not this is an extraordinary piece and a great way to ring in the holiday season, but I wouldn’t call it the peak for the artists who play it. Mia Suzanne Walker and her self-titled band are far from finished, and their passion in this single displays just how much they have left in the tank.

Mark Druery

PRESS: Celebrity Zones

Original article: https://celebrityzones.com/2019/11/16/suzannes-band-one-more-night-of-christmas/

Holiday songs are often a tough sell even for the most talented and well-known of artists in the game today, but in the case of Suzanne’s Band’s take on “One More Night of Christmas,” it doesn’t take much more than a cursory examination of its melodic patchwork to fall in love with the group’s trademark tonality. “One More Night of Christmas” is an accessible pop song with a wintry groove, fragile harmonies and a singer in Suzanne herself who has demonstrated a lot of wit and wisdom from behind the microphone recently but takes her sound to a higher level in this latest release. Simply put, fans both old and new alike would be wise to take note of this single as a sign of the magic still to come from the Suzanne’s Band brand.

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“One More Night of Christmas,” like most songs by this group, features a really folky vocal style, but the structure itself is contemporary pop in almost every way. The beats are supple and smoothly adjoined with the melodic elements in the foreground, but the two never get clustered in the mix – the track is too well-produced for that to happen. The crisp quality of the instruments aside, Suzanne’s crooning is what keeps us glued to our speakers more than anything else does in this single, and though it’s perhaps not her most balanced composition to date, it’s undisputedly one of the most exquisite vocal showcases that she’s released thus far in her career with this band.

Instrumentally speaking, “One More Night of Christmas” is uncomplicated and simplistic, but to be perfectly frank, it doesn’t need to be super elaborate to make a big impression. With all of the gusto that the players are putting into the music, we’re able to take as much from the texture of their harmonies as we are the content of Suzanne’s words, which is a combination that is far from easy to find when browsing the top tier of the Billboard charts nowadays. Suzanne’s Band bring a lot of confidence into the studio with them in this track, and for all that it lacks in over the top theatrics and plasticized polish, it more than compensates for in originality, spirited melodic moxie and a tasteful adherence to the parameters of old school pop music.

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I only just recently started listening to Suzanne’s Band, but if this is a taste of what the group can do when they’re firing on all cylinders and chasing after a sound as sweet as the season is, I’ll definitely be checking out their work again in the future. There are a lot of ways to take on a Christmas song, but with “One More Night of Christmas,” Mia Suzanne Walker and company don’t overthink anything – they let the melodies lead the way, and in doing so turn in one of the more on-point holiday singles of the year. There’s still plenty of time before Christmas day, but as of now I think that it would be safe to say this is the premier song to beat among seasonal indie releases.

Joshua Corbin

The Making of the Down In Mexico Video

My video creator Daniel Waltzer is pretty amazing. What’s even more mind-blowing is we start off working separately on ideas for my songs only to come back together to discuss them and discover we were thinking about the same theme. My sense of humor runs toward the quirky side, and I like seeing that played out through the videos as well. My favorite part of the video for Down In Mexico was the scene where the cell phone gets tossed in the sand with a “thunk”. How many times have you been trying to talk to someone and just wished you could grab their phone and throw it to get their attention?

I was really nervous about putting myself out there so much in the Down In Mexico video, but the fans and friends wanted and expected me to be in it. Next step was finding a location. Many tropical looking places locally were, still damaged from the most recent hurricane and as a new struggling artist I didn’t have the cash flow to go film in Mexico. Fortunately, Agave Rio was kind enough to allow us to film there, and their fabulous patio area was the perfect place to get that Mexican ambiance. Using stock footage enabled the viewer to feel more like it was done in Mexico as well. It was a beautiful Spring day when we filmed and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Classical acoustic guitar is what suits me best and fit in perfectly with both the song and the video. Keyboard castanet sounds were used in the recorded song to blend better. For the video, I played my Mateo castanets and put my years of flamenco/Spanish dancing lessons to good use. The scene where I’m songwriting is the real deal. If you look closely, you’ll see, it’s the lyrics from One From Two, another Suzanne’s Band original song. The production of Down In Mexico was a blast to record and even more fun to conceptualize and produce a video for. Every time I watch it, it makes me feel like I need to go to Mexico or at the very least, take a vacation.

PRESS: Suzanne’s’ Band – Breathe EP | The Indie Source

A little slow ominous picking of an acoustic guitar here, a little lingering bassline over there. A bit of quaint percussion and some divine vocals that evoke biblical imagery of a simpler kind of man, a people who are only held to the simple standard of love and respect. Fields of tall grass on a hot summer day and sandy beaches that make merry for young lovers lost in each other’s gaze. The loss of that love, the stark reality that is left behind when we pick up the pieces in our consequential fate. These are all segments in the many splendored book of life, but they are also the elements that Suzanne’s Band wants to aggressively explore in the simplest of terms on their gorgeous debut recording, Breathe, a six song extended play from the mind of Texas’ own singer/songwriter Mia Suzanne Walker. Read More

PRESS: 10 Questions | Indie Music Interviews

Suzanne’s Band is an Indie-pop group started by Mia Suzanne Walker in 2017. Bringing more than 40 years of combined music experience from piano lessons, guitar, singing in church, leading choirs and musicals (throughout junior high and high school), and performances with various adult music groups, provided Walker with the gusto to start this project. She released her first EP, ‘Breath’, in November of 2017. Taking a mix of influences from the 60’s to the 90’s, you won’t want to miss out on her classic sound. Read More

PRESS: Mia Suzanne Walker in Suzanne Band’s Breathe EP | Vents Magazine

Out of the heart of true Americana comes the first official release from veteran songwriter Mia Suzanne Walker in Suzanne Band’s Breathe EP, a sweet slice of six acoustic gems that fuse influences from folk and country music to yield the breathtaking setlist we discover on this album. Fans of all music genres will find themselves hypnotized by Suzanne’s southern drawl and plaintive insight. Read More

PRESS: Suzanne’s Band – ‘Breathe’ | Skope Magazine

Using carefully arranged acoustic guitars and brooding harmonies, the Texas branded Suzanne’s Band creates a charming set of songs on the new extended play, Breathe, which is available now on Amazon.com. Suzanne’s Band is the official vehicle for Houstonian singer/songwriter Mia Suzanne Walker, and Walker is nothing short of a blinding force of positive energy in her debut offering. Using a folky template, she touches on themes ranging from vulnerability in the title track, to inspirational and cathartic on the rich “Down in Mexico,” a song that will definitely leave listeners itching to grab a set of car keys and cruise south of the border for a while. While there isn’t a lot of whimsy here, Walker never leaves us feeling depressed on Breathe, but instead moved by the depth of her emotional reach and relatability. Read More

PRESS: Suzanne’s Band | No Depression

Since the 1960’s, America has had a love affair with music that speaks to our roots and reminds us of what it’s like to be a part of something that is so much bigger than we are. Something that speaks to the very essence of our souls and drives us to so and accomplish anything that we set forth to do. I don’t know if Mia Suzanne Walker was setting out to create something as spellbinding as her debut extended play Breathe, but she not only exceeds expectations listeners have in a rookie offering, but creates an intrinsic new category of indie folk music all its own. Much like the complicated lovers that dwell in Walker’s lyrics, I found myself falling into a complex love with Suzanne’s Band’s style introduced to me on this record. Read More

PRESS: Suzanne’s Band releases new music | MobAngeles

There’s some big waves coming out of the southeast Texas music scene lately, and perhaps the biggest wave that the singer/songwriters in Austin need to be watching out for is the one being made by the rollicking indie pop/rock unit Suzanne’s Band and its eponymous singer’s soulful approach to songcraft. Music has the unique capability of bringing the masses together in a way that is completely different than any other medium in the art world. John Lennon once said that this special quality is what makes music as sacred as religion, and that heavenly nature provides the backbone to Suzanne’s Band’s debut release, Breathe. Breathe takes us to a peaceful plain of contemplative catharsis akin to Joni Mitchell’s early work, and gives us a hearty sample of just what singer Mia Suzanne Walker is capable. Read More

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