It takes some gumption to record a cover of “This Must Be the Place,” one of the Talking Heads most beloved tunes. It’s even bolder to put it front and center on your debut album, but that’s exactly what Sure Sure did, dropping an ace version of the song that is reverent to its creators’ vision while also showcasing the Los Angeles-based band’s own distinctive personality.
Sure Sure’s origins date back nearly a decade when singer/keyboardist Chris Beachy and guitarist Charlie Glick met at Stanford University. Yet Sure Sure as we now know it didn’t coalesce until the duo added drummer Kevin Farzad and producer/occasional percussionist Michael Coleman and started self-releasing music in 2014.
The four live together in a house that doubles as a recording studio where they wrote and recorded their uncommonly confident self-titled debut, which surfaced in January.
Beyond the “This Must Be the Place” cover, the album features 10 impressively textured Pop Rock gems that bring to mind a meld of Summerteeth-era Wilco and Vampire Weekend minus the Paul Simon obsession.
“We’re constantly creating and we’re able to record all the time, but we found that the best thing we can do is to be recording five different songs at once; by focusing on one song in a home studio, you can kill it,” Glick said in an interview earlier this year with Poptized Magazine when asked about their roommate/recording arrangement. “It comes to a point where it’s just not fun to work on anymore. We have a few songs like that that have never seen the light of day because they’re just not fun to work on anymore, even though they’re smashes.”
Tongue in check references to “smashes” aside — though it’s easy to imagine one of their tunes garnering widespread love — the songs on Sure Sure’s debut have a wistful, transportive quality that come off as simultaneously familiar and something only they could have conjured.
“Honestly, the only thing I want is for someone to lose themselves for a second,” Glick told Poptized. “I want them to be able to feel good or sad or something.”