Choking Susan crashes Woodchuck’sWritten by Amy Biolchini | | ABiolchini@toledofreepress.com
Punk underground pop band Choking Susan started when vocalist Colleen Caffeine pretended to have her own band to impress a guy that looked like a member of Aerosmith.
“It’s based on a lie and a cute guy,” Caffeine said. “I think I’m gonna write a song about that.”
Choking Susan, which took its name from a 1960s porno, has a Ramones-inspired style fueled by Caffeine’s espresso dependency. Caffeine writes the majority of songs with guitarist Killer Keith. Drummer J-44 and Paul Bearer on bass round out the group.
“We like to have a ton of energy, kind of like a freight train. Sometimes it crashes, sometimes it doesn’t,” Caffeine said. “It’s a total fun, party atmosphere.”
Woodchuck’s will host Choking Susan at 9 p.m. Sept. 25 with a $5 cover charge. The Dugouts and The Grubs, both of Toledo, will open the show.
Choking Susan is about to release their fourth album, “Desperately Choking Susan.” A 10-year veteran of the Detroit punk scene, Choking Susan has toured across the U.S. and was able to play CBGB’s in New York. The band has also traveled to international venues including Spain, France, Canada and play shows in the U.K. every year.