Artist Spotlight: Susie McMullan

Name: Susie McMullan

Band: Brume


Projects/Side Projects: I’ve been writing music remotely with a few people in addition to Brume.  Sometimes, I’ll jam with people and we’ll write a song in a day, like Marc with Lowcaster.  Sometimes I’ll jam with people and we’ll write 8 songs in a few months together like Enver with Disastroid.  I am putting together a video now of a song Enver and I did with Travis, also in Disastroid, playing bass and mandolin, his talent is next level.  


Jackie with Grayceon was on a song, Blue Jay, on Rooster, Brume’s last album released in 2019, but we’ve jammed a lot more sense.  She is an incredible artist and just a rad lady to spend time with.  Her album has a song, let it go, I’ve had on my playlist for a year.  Her Grayceon Band Camp (Click HERE).  Her husband, AJ, is pretty insane, too.  I’m sure most of you have heard of Giant Squid, if not, your welcome.  I very much am pissed off at the pandemic for keeping me away from our living room jam sessions together.  DAMN YOU PANDEMIC!!


Recently, had the pleasure of adding keys to Gurt’s 10 year anniversary song, Shell.  The video turned out great, check it out HERE.


And I also recently added keys to a local artist, Chris Corona’s, solo album, Impermanence of Light. His album is the soundtrack I’d imagine having while I walk around Joshua Tree alone reflecting on life.


I am working on something secretive and fun with an incredible band he’s also in named Hazard’s Cure. Which I’ve been listening too before Brume existed.  Hazard’s Cure is more blackened thrash real deal holy field metal with one of my favorite local drummers.


Years Performing: I’ve been playing live for 10 years.  The hardest performance I’ve ever had was the first time Brume played a show, around 2014, with another band Chris Corona is in, Floating Goat.  I just had a kid a couple of months prior, first and only time.  I remember pumping for breast milk in Jamie’s car under an oversized hoodie about 30 minutes before I hit the stage.  Non-parents might think that is gross or TMI but if any mom’s are reading this, they’ll know I’m a mother fucking badass.


How have you been coping with the current Covid-19 crisis? I’m focused on taking care of my family’s emotional and physical health first.  If that is squared away, I coordinate social distance hangs or write or play or sing in my little mini-studio I built out in my garage.  I thought I was an extrovert, but it turns out I’m pretty satisfied alone in a cave making things.


What do you think the Post-Pandemic music scene will look like? 

I suspect the next 2 years will look much like it looks now in America.  Because America can’t get it’s shit together, allowing American bands into a different Country may be a problem as well.  I’d imagine we’d slowly convert outdoor spaces into music venues and rely heavily on live streaming. 


What is Brume currently working on? I suspect our next album will be a release for all 3 of us.  Most of our music has been heavy hearted, bummer music. Jordan and Jamie have been dealing with different types of stress and hardship. That will come out in our music.  They are very true to their “now”, when we write together.  I know that I’ve been feeling feisty.  I’m trying to march through the pandemic gracefully, so I’ve got some things pent up.  I’m either crying or fighting artistically. This time I’m in the mood to fight. 


Who are some of your non-musical influences? My favorite painter is named Ray Donely. His art looks like how I want to look and feels like how I want my art to feel. I just read a book, Educated, by Tara Winstien.  I very much love that her writing accommodates an impatient reader and she speaks to a fighter.  Like give me what I want now and add beauty later.  That inspired how I’m writing music.  My favorite make-up artist applies make-up while talking about the history of a murderer, Bailey Sarian.  She inspires me because her artistry evolved to be two separate things that can happen independently in parallel.  I think a digital dependent platform during a pandemic can allow you to be more than a song-performer and I’m inspired to explore that.

Name one musical memory in your career that makes you smile: Every tour I’ve been on with Jamie and Jordan is fun and light-hearted, it’s a major highlight of Brume for me. I suppose I smile everytime I think of the Belgium police officer almost arresting one of us while we were on tour with Gurt until he found out we had a show in London at the Black Heart. He let us off and asked for a ticket to the show. 


Famous Last Words: I probably love you.

For More Brume Click HERE


Photo by Peter Prato

Photo Above by Kristen Wrzesniewski

Welcome to Musical Osmosis

Over the past 6 and a half years I have been involved in several different podcasting projects. We've done a political show that lasted from 2013 until just before the 2016 election and then ended very badly (can you say hate-filled chaos parade?). We had a trivia podcast that fizzled out after 77 episodes with a whimper, and our Kettle Of Fish podcast that lasted 104 episodes and then sadly came to an end when my best friend and cohost lost both of her parents within a couple of months of each other and had to move back home to Maine. But throughout it all (my short-lived Tin Can Media Podcast Network, My children's book "Edward" that never got off the ground, my time spent as a political writer for such sites as "If You Only News" and "Daily Discourse" that went down in flames) the one constant has been the music. 

I started the Musical Osmosis podcast back in 2013 when I realized I could actually talk to some of my musical heroes from the comfort of my bathrobe. The podcast ran for about 6 months as I chatted with everyone from Steve Moriarty from the riveting Seattle punk band the Gits to the great Chicago working-class punk pioneer Joey Vindictive. But something was missing. I had no zig to my zag no McMahon to my Carson no cohost to keep me in check and keep the show interesting with more than one viewpoint at the helm, so I abandoned ship. 

Then in the summer of 2015 something serendipitous happened. I became Facebook friends with both Al Pist from The Pist and Larry Damore from Pegboy. Both of these gentlemen were personal heroes of mine, Al Pist because he is my all-time favorite lyricist and Larry Damore because Pegboy's "Strong Reaction" was the first punk album I had ever heard and it dragged me out of the stale depths of the metal world and into the vibrant and politically conscious punk world where I so belonged. Oddly enough I had tried to reach out to both Al and Larry in 2013 to no avail but it seemed the starts had realigned and now was the time to bring back Musical Osmosis.


 But did I want to bring it back alone....?

The answer was a quantitative-NO! So the search began for a cohost. I say search but in reality, it was a shortlist of longtime friends I had talked with, listened to, and played music with over the years and at the top of my "mad respect for your musical knowledge" list was a man named Odell Norman. And as they say, the rest is musical history. 


Over the past 4 years, Musical Osmosis has allowed us to chat with some of the greats from the punk world and beyond. But it has also given me the motivation to start searching out new music again after a 10-year funk of listening to the same NOFX and Screeching Weasel albums over and over again. And just like the name suggest we have gone through our own Osmosis as we have grown as podcast hosts and evolved our format to bring the fans what we consider some damn good conversations with old school punk legends like Dave Dictor and Jughead to artists who are redefining rock music like Bonnie Bloomgarden and Crow Jane. 


This new website which will not only showcase our long-running Musical Osmosis podcast but will also expand into the world of video interviews and music reviews is just the next step in our journey. A journey we are happy you have chosen to come along on, but it will also serve as a fulcrum for my mission statement that I call "Weaponized Creativity"- the process of combating fascism and hate with music and creative expression. In my opinion, art is the last bastion against fascism and has never been as sorely need as today. 


In closing, I want to thank you for reading the long stream of conscious ramblings of an almost 50-year-old punk dude and to remind myself that our podcast is only as good as our guests and only as successful as YOU the fans allow us to be.  -Saucey 

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