Houston soul band The Suffers are releasing their third studio album, It Starts With Love, on June 3 via Missing Piece Records (pre-order). When the album was announced, frontwoman Kam Franklin said, “I wanted to make a record that sounded like Houston to me. You’ve got the hard edges and tough exteriors and hip-hop swagger, but then you’ve also got the sounds of the choir and the soulfulness and even a little bit of twang. I wanted to make something beautiful out of hardship.” You can definitely hear all of that coming through in new single “Yada Yada,” which premieres in this post. Here’s what Kam tells us about it:

I wrote this song for any artist in this industry feeling discouraged by the games, politics, and made up sets of rules created within the music community by gatekeepers and the people that support them. The lyrics were written on a September night in Nashville, along with two other songs on this album (“I’m Not Afraid” and “Nunya”), after I had one of the most degrading and racist experiences of my career. The lyrics quickly found a home weeks later when my co-writer, Raymond Auzenne (Mannie Fresh/Lil Wayne), played me the beat that eventually became the music for the song. The Suffers played the song on stage a few times during our tour with Big Freedia in late 2019, and we knew it was ready to record when The Queen Diva sang along with it on her instagram stories. After the tour with Freedia, we went straight to the Echo Lab recording studio in Argyle, TX to record with Matt Pence (Midlake/Jason Isbell/Shakey Graves) and Jason Burt (Leon Bridges/Texas Gentlemen). We had an absolute blast working with them, and playing on all of the amazing instruments at that studio. My favorite instrument on “Yada Yada” is the box of rocks you hear rumbling in the intro, but I love every part of this song, and finishing it gave me back my power.

It’s sounds as empowering and anthemic as you’d hope based on that description, and you can watch the video below. The Suffers also have upcoming tour dates, including NJ’s XPoNential Music Festival. All dates are listed below.

The Suffers

1. Don’t Bother Me
2. A Cha Cha (Heartfelt Truth)
3. Could This Be Love
4. Take Me To The Good Times
5. Busy (Interlude)
6. 808
7. Call Someone Else (feat. Sugar Joiko)
8. Yada Yada
9. Bitches Gotta Get Paid
10. Be You (feat. The Vapor Caves)
11. How Do We Heal (feat. Son Little and Bryce The Third)
12. I’m Not Afraid
13. Nunya

The Suffers — 2022 Tour Dates
5/5: Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s +
5/6: New Orleans, LA – Toulouse Theatre +
5/7: New Orleans, LA – Republic #
5/19: Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress *
5/20: Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit Live *
5/21: Inglewood, CA – The Miracle *
5/22: Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer *
5/24: Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo *
5/26: Reno, NV – The Cypress *
5/27: Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
5/28: Napa, CA – BottleRock
6/2: Houston, TX – The Secret Group
6/3: San Antonio, TX – Carver Community Cultural Ctr
6/4: Austin, TX – Mohawk
6/10: Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
7/1: Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival
7/3: Victoria, BC – TD Victoria International JazzFest
7/8: Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion
8/23-28: Athens, Greece – Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean
9/17: Huddleston, VA – Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival
9/18: Camden, NJ – XPoNential Festival

% with Galactic
+ with Neal Francis
# with Big Freedia
* with Fat Tony