What They Are Saying About Hey Muse!
"This is an album for the young and the old, people who lived through it as well as their kids. Hey Muse! ends on a remarkably tough guitar line and an autobiographical tale: “when we were boys, we fell in love with loudest noise,”
-Chad Werner, NewsWhistle
"Every note, every word, every nuance sounds deliberate. That doesn’t mean that this record sounds labored. It’s far too inspired for that. This is the product of a seasoned band."
-Chris Anderson, The Old Town Crier
"The melodies are still as creative and still catchy as hell."
-Rich Larson, The First Ten Words
"I had to pull over to the side of the road to write and tell you how affecting that song is. Thanks for putting it in the world."
-Peter Himmelman, singer/songwriter and television/film composer
"Damn, Hey Muse! is great. Can't wait to play it tomorrow."
-Kevin Cole, KEXP Chief Content Officer and KEXP Radio, Seattle
"The new Suburbs tune simultaneously put a lump in my throat and a smile on my face."
"I didn't get to see The Suburbs back in the day, but I see a lot of bands today & I would rate em very high among em."
- Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Deep Grooves I must say! Great songs and great sounds."
- Chris Osgood, The Suicide Commandos
"The legendary Minneapolis new-wave and punk band The Suburbs, still led by founding members Chan Poling and Hugo Klaers, has spent the past few years building up its live sound with some of the fiercest players in the Twin Cities. Newly bolstered by the addition of the gifted guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer), and with a full record ready to drop in June, the band is evolving into a new era, captured in the single "Hey Muse!" The group is still tethered to the underground sounds that shaped it in the '80s and spawned the breakout single "Love Is The Law," but its sound is darker, more refined and more pop-oriented than ever."
- Andrea Swensson, The Current, NPR, Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing
Hey Muse! is "a beauty! I absolutely love this, Chan! Your singing, lyrics, the melody and instrumentation, all fantastic!"
- Cyn Collins, KFAI RADIO
Hey Muse! is "amazing, a song that hits me - from the first play - and made me feel. My 18 year old walked in and asked, 'Who is that? That's really good.'"
- Arthur Philips, New York Times Bestselling Novelist
"The 80s have roared back. But is there room for some of the actual, foremost practitioners of 80s rock? The Suburbs’ new album Hey Muse! shouts an emphatic, 'YES!'
Among the Twin Cities' most influential and inventive bands, The Suburbs’ urbane romanticism remains intact, along with a keen sense for a hook and plenty of thump to keep the dance floor moving.
Hey Muse! is the second album from the revitalized group. The record is full of mod moves and tones that feel contemporary, but there is a sensibility in the songwriting that remains consistent with the group's work from the 80s." Read the full review.
- John Munson; Semisonic, The New Standards, The Twilight Hours