Kalamazoo rock outfit SUCKERPUSH is certainly no stranger to success, having opened for high-profile acts like Dick Dale, seeing both local and national radio airplay and even receiving endorsements from Ovation Guitar Company and AKG Acoustics.Most recently, though, SUCKERPUSH has had their eyes set on a fairly hefty goal. On February 29th the group heads down to Chicago to compete in the semi-finals of Hard Rock Rising 2012, which Hard Rock Cafe calls THE Global Battle of the Bands. In fact, SUCKERPUSH is the only Michigan band to have made it to the semi-finals at the Chicago Hard Rock location.Each Hard Rock Cafe has local competitions, with one band prevailing at each location. The winner from each city will then be posted online, and voting will begin to select one lucky group. The victorious band will get to play the Hard Rock Calling music festival at Hyde Park in London, England, which will host Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as this year’s headlining act.
In addition, one of the band’s songs was even selected to be part of the soundtrack for a television series. DIRECTV, in conjunction with Union Square Agency out of New York, has released a ten-part documentary called Gone Until December, which chronicles the ups and downs in the world of professional women’s surfing. SUCKERPUSH’s song “Days of Change” was chosen for the series.
Not only does the band have a consistent show schedule lined up through this summer, but the group is also working on their third album. With all of this positive momentum, SUCKERPUSH is one Kalamazoo group to keep your eyes on now and in the future.
You can catch SUCKERPUSH this Saturday, February 18th at Louie’s in Kalamazoo, on March 10th at Old Dog Tavern, March 23rd at Wild Bull or even Friday, April 6th at M-89 Sportsbar in Otsego. You could also make the trip down to Chicago to support the group when they play at Hard Rock Cafe on February 29th.
Road trip anyone?