After BK BTW Suckers’ super set at the IAMSOUND party our first night in Austin, the songs from their forthcoming Wild Smile would’ve stayed in my head as a hotel-room soundtrack even if someone hadn’t slipped their new record to me as I arrived at the airport the day before. But someone did do that, so it’s been on heavy rotation — because it’s great, and because I’ve been wondering which of its jams they’d pluck to kick off the promo push: There’s “Before Your Birthday Ends” and its recasting Suckers as art-pop Prince acolytes, or “You Can Keep Me Runnin’ Around,” throwing their debut EP’s group-chanted uplift into a delicate spin cycle. But instead BTW in his own right Quinn Walker and crew have gone with “Black Sheep,” which takes Modest Mouse’s blueprint and reconstructs it inside the belly of the Glasslands Gallery. It’s a stomper.
Wild Smile is out 6/8 via Frenchkiss.