The decisions by a couple of friends to leave their shared hometown of Charleston, S.C., hit SUSTO frontman Justin Osborne hard -- hard enough to write a song about it. The result is "Homeboy," which opens their new album and sees its video premiere below.
Osborne tells Billboard the track was inspired when longtime collaborator Wolfgang Zimmerman, who co-produced the just-released Ever Since I Lost My Mind, voiced a desire to move to Los Angeles, and then when another friend headed to Argentina shortly after that. "It's kind of about me having been on the road for the last few years and watching what's going on at home from my phone pretty much," Osborne explains. "(Zimmerman) was thinking about moving to L.A. and I was like, 'Oh, man, I never get to see you anymore 'cause I'm almost never home, now I won’t get to see you when I am home.' It's kind of like a weird, two-sided conversation of me being homesick but also understanding people wanting to get out, start a new life and pave their own way through their own lives. There's a certain amount of nostalgia and not wanting things to change too much, but also just rolling with it when they do."