When we last saw Safetysuit, the Nashville-based band was supporting 2008’s Life Left To Go and hit single “Stay,” which shot to No. 1 on the voter-generated VH1 Top 20 Countdown. Spotlighted by VH1 as a band “You Oughta Know,” the group toured endlessly, playing over 200 shows and selling more than 500,000 singles along the way.
They’re raising the stakes with THESE TIMES (Universal Republic), a scintillating hookfest of arena-ready rock anthems, offering unequivocal proof that the group has the goods to break wide open. Working with producers Howard Benson, Espionage (the New York-based Norwegian team of Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund) and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, these four skilled and remarkably self-assured musicians have cooked up a strikingly melodic, sharply drawn, viscerally immediate album filled with songs that stick in the head and heart.
For a young band, SafetySuit—singer/guitarist Doug Brown, Tate Cunningham, bassist Jeremy Henshaw and guitarist Dave Garofolo—has a remarkable sense of songwriter savvy. “I do the writing,” Brown confirms, “but until we get Dave, Jeremy and Tate’s heads around the songs, they’re just songs, they’re not SafetySuit songs. When they get hold of them, they become ours, and that’s what makes us special—the four of us, not just one guy.”
This hard-hitting yet life-embracing album strikingly displays SafetySuit’s singular sound and style as well as the clarity of the band’s vision. That vision was sufficiently present on the first album and the hundreds of performances that followed it to bring them a loyal, enthusiastic fanbase—one that is about to undergo exponential growth. SafetySuit is an extremely confident, distinctly American unit right on the brink of establishing itself as a band that matters.