SUSTO recently released Ever Since I Lost my Mind, the project’s latest studio album, out now on Rounder Records. SUSTO, fronted by Justin Osborne, has been performing a series of five quarantine shows, and Justin presents the fourth in the series as a “Greatest Hits Happy Hour” via StageIt on Wednesday, June 10.
The recent record was produced by Grammy-award winning producer Ian Fitchuk (Album of the Year for Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour) with input from frontman Justin’s longtime creative partner Wolfgang Zimmerman.
SUSTO has made a name for themselves through frequent touring and performances at major US festivals including Hangout, Austin City Limits, Stagecoach, AmericanaFest, Pickathon, and Hopscotch. The band has opened for The Lumineers, Band of Horses, and The Head and The Heart.
Watch the official music video for “Weather Balloons” by SUSTO featuring Frances Cone on YouTube:
Justin first began writing songs as a teen in South Carolina, performing with numerous bands before forming SUSTO. During a self-imposed hiatus, he moved to Havana, Cuba, and befriended local musicians who encouraged and inspired him to start writing music again.
“It was a weird moment. I just had to finally quit keeping one foot out of music and dive in,” Justin said. The band’s name, SUSTO, is derived from a Latin American term that can be roughly translated as “panic attack.” “That deep fright was something I was experiencing, and songwriting felt like it was helping me cure it,” adds Osborne. “I can lose my mind on stage sometimes –– I will break down and cry or have to keep myself from doing it –– I just feel so incredibly lucky.”