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“This is a lady that is simply too good to be ignored...

Suzie Stapleton is gonna be huge. You heard it here first.”

- Louder Than War

SUZIE STAPLETON is a Sydney-born alternative rock artist who honed her craft in Melbourne before relocating to the UK in 2015. She has built a loyal fanbase, captivating audiences with electric live performances using her midnight vocal to weave shards of poetry into guitar-driven noir soundscapes laced with intricate melodies.

Stapleton has released a string of singles over the past year gaining airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and becoming a Fresh Fave on Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net. Stapleton has opened for artists such as Mark Lanegan, Mick Harvey, and Boss Hog and appeared at festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Camden Rocks Festival, Colours of Ostrava and Binic Folk Blues Festival.

Her live band includes Gavin Jay (Jim Jones Revue/The Righteous Mind) on bass and Jim Macaulay (The Stranglers) on drums. They debuted in London in January 2018 with Louder Than War touting it as “An unmissable opportunity to see one of the most exciting emerging talents on the London scene before she hits the big time”.

2017 saw Stapleton appear as a guest vocalist on no-wave icon Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove’s unlikely covers album “Under The Covers” (Rustblade Records). This is a continuation of Stapleton’s collaborations with Cypress Grove on The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project. She first cameoed on the project’s third album ‘Axels & Sockets’ (feat. Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, Thurston Moore + others) which has lead to her working closely with Grove on the fourth album currently in production.
 

 

 

"Suzie is a great balance to this song and all the fucking songs she sings on. We needed some more of that vaginal power on this record and I knew Suzie was the perfect girl to bring that."
- Lydia Lunch

"It’s rare that a new artist comes along who genuinely defies easy description, but this is certainly the case with Stapleton. Her songs seem to inhabit the dark, intense corners of the soul in a manner not dissimilar to Nick Drake or even Elliott Smith, yet Stapleton’s guitar-playing is at once raw and tender, at times evoking the elemental spirit of Link Wray or ‘Sister’ era Sonic Youth... a bright new star in the ascendant."

- Louder Than War

 

“You’d need to bandy around names such as Thurston Moore, PJ Harvey, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Mark Lanegan and Marianne Faithfull… People would get the general idea – yet would still come nowhere close. In fact, what she actually sounds like – more than anything – is Suzie Stapleton. The emerging new wave of assertive and gifted female artists is both urgently needed and one of the few bright spots in an otherwise ever more worrying world."

- Tom Robinson

 

“Striking, black-shrouded songwriting...”

- Clash Music

“Suzie Stapleton is a hard act to follow, I felt like a folk singer going on after Soundgarden. I think she is compelling listening and Melbourne’s best kept rock chick secret.”

- Spencer P Jones (Beasts of Bourbon)

 

“The EP is an antidote to the insidious disease that is flaccid pop… There’s a depth of expression and passion on Obladi Diablo you don’t find in the ordinary record.

Pop music… needs a serious prod from songwriters like Suzie Stapleton to remind it just what good music can sound like.”

- Beat Magazine

"...a gorgeous blend of dark compelling lyrics and looping raw and gentle notes. If you could meld PJ Harvey and Chrissy Hynde together then you are getting somewhere close to the style and presence that she commands in the room, and this is before she has released her debut album. We will be hearing much more from this lady very soon and I certainly plan to be there when it happens."

- Flick of the Finger, Camden Rocks Festival Live Review

 

 

 

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