Cited as one of 2018’s ‘break-out bands‘, Say Sue Me are a Surf Rock inspired indie band from Busan, South Korea. Members consist of Byungkyu Kim on lead guitar, Sumi Choi on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jaeyoung Kim on Bass and Sungwan Lim on Drums.  

Releasing their first album “We’ve Sobered Up” in 2014, and EP “Big Summer Night” in 2015, on Korean label Electric Muse, UK label Damnably Records released a self-titled compilation that paired their first record and EP in 2017, marking the band’s first release outside of Korea, which served as their introduction to International audiences. 

The band released their sophomore album “Where We Were Together” in 2018, which won widespread praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Paste Magazine, NPR, Billboard, i-D, The Independent, Stereogum, MTV, Uproxx, Fader, Drowned in Sound, DIY, The 405 & more. Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Don Letts have championed the band as well as Elton John on Beats1 and KEXP. The band have embarked on tours across Europe and Japan and appeared as part of the line up at the first DMZ Peace Train Music Festival in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. They count Yo La Tengo, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, The Ravonettes, Speedy Ortiz, The Beths, and The Notwist as fans.  

In 2019, Say Sue Me were nominated for 5 Korean Music Awards (and winning 2), making them the second most nominated act of the year just behind almighty K-Pop idols BTS.  

They made appearances at OOTC festival in Luxembourg, Les Eurockeennes des Belfort, Green Man Festival and rounding the year with their debut North American tour.

During the pandemic the band hunkered up in their Busan basement rehearsal room which they built out into a professional recording studio and they wrote new songs and recorded friends bands. They wrote two new songs for Korean drama’s (So Tender for Nevertheless and My Heart for Yumi’s Cells with So Tender charting in 9 countries). Say Sue Me also performed a virtual tour of Busan during three bandcamp live streams at three local venues close to their hearts.  

While the world was locked down, Say Sue Me quietly got on with their third album, The Last Thing Left. The album was self-recorded and self-produced, releasing in May of 2022 by Damnably Records and Beach Town Music.

“…an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill… Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm.” 

Bandcamp Daily 

 “Korean indie quartet Say Sue Me is on the up-and-up”  

Billboard (US)

“Wistful indie rockers from Busan, South Korea who capture the loneliness you can only find in a crowded room” 

DazedDigital (UK)

“Snooze is the last thing you’ll want to do after hearing Say Sue Me…” 

Elle (US)

“Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.” 

The Fader (US)

“blends indie-rock and surf pop together seamlessly… both extremely personal and universally relatable”

i-D (UK)

“…Sumi Choi’s vocals sound as sweet as melted ice cream as she optimistically chirps about seeking better things on the chiming “Around You” or fairly trips along on the witty “We Look Alike.””

Mariana Timony Bandcamp’s #Essential7

“…not a band to sleep on.” 

The Independent (UK)

“South Korea’s sweetest rockers” 

Interview Magazine (US) 

“…jangle-pop hooks, stunning vocal melodies, and intricate guitarwork that stands up proudly against some of their influences like Yo La Tengo and Pavement…”

KEXP (US)

“…channels high emotions and journeys through hazy guitars that are reminiscent of Yuck and Daniel Blumberg’s solo material” 

The Line Of Best Fit (UK)

“…your new favorite indie rock band from Korea!”

MTV TRL (US)

 “…jangly indie-pop, handclap-rich girl-group classics and the lightly rumbling sounds of early surf-rock. At once stylish and timeless…” 

NPR (US)

 “Even when Say Sue Me slows down the tempo, these songs have the warmth of a ray of sunshine.”

The AV Club

 “The Last Thing Left shimmers like the hopeful light at the end of a dark tunnel, combatting grief with jangle-pop hooks and a warm blanket of reverb…”

Jude Noel, Bandcamp #albumoftheday

“The best pure indie-pop record of 2018 (so far) is not from Brooklyn or Glasgow or Melbourne or Olympia but Busan, South Korea… a perfectly paced fusion of jangling guitars, bouncing bass and sighed melancholy.”

Paste Magazine (US)

“Despite the sweetness of their sound, Say Sue Me are an unstoppable force…“To Dream” is the album’s crown jewel, synthesizing the group’s strengths into an all-out assault.”

Shy Thompson, Pitchfork (US)

“The seven-minute slow burn “Coming To The End” evokes late-album indie-rock epics such as Yo La Tengo’s “We’re An American Band” or Pavement’s “Fillmore Jive”…”

Stereogum (US)

“…packed with cascading guitar tones, mixing elements of shoegaze with ’90s indie and surf rock sensibilities.”

Uproxx (US)

“These 10 songs have a distinct lived-in quality to them. Even the instrumental opening track, “The Memory of the Time,” has the aura of cracking open a beer after a long, hard day…”

Joshua Minsoo Kim, Rolling Stone