SUE is a punk band. A gritty, noisy attitude ridden punk band…and they are glorious! Rather than trying to hone a radio friendly sound or craft something that is accessible by everyone, the band does everything their way, sculpting music according to their creative urges. Their songs are often filled with screams and strange noises: but they focus on the beauty of this chaos. I find this balance, and both the skill and maturity required to maintain it, attractive.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Nirvana were [sic] a massive influence. They were the gatekeepers to the bands that followed, they were the ones that got me into punk and its various offshoots. Leathermouth, Fugazi and Metz were the band’s that inspired the sound of SUE; I admired Fugazis commitment to the punk philosophy, Metz introduced me to noise rock and Leathermouths only album is absolute fucking insanity from start to finish. And I can’t forget Johnny Cash. The band is named after one of his songs; he was the main guy that made me want to write music, so I had to pay tribute to him.
Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Johnny Cash I guess. I also enjoy some Jazz from time to time.
What’s next for the band?
Trying to get some show’s out of our local scene, promoting our debut album as much as we can, and hopefully finding a label that would be interested in working with us.
How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
There is more of an emphasis on singles these days; I guess that’s because of the playlist systems those services have in place.
Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
I’ve spent the past couple years reading some existential literature; Camus, Nietzsche, Satre. I’m currently reading Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky.
Can you describe your sound?
Our sound? Imagine the musical equivalent of an elephant fighting to the death with a pack of hyenas, that gets pretty close.
What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Whore’s debut album Gold; knocks my fucking socks off every time I listen to it.
What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
A love of music, boredom and emotional instability.
How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
I write the stuff we do in SUE; I bring the songs to the band and we make it work.
If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Stomachaches by Frank Iero.
Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Metz, Whores, Drenge, Idles, Shame, Oh Sees, Iceage. There are loads more but these popped into my head first.
What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
Personally, I prefer consuming albums; but people seem to be more interested in singles these days. I imagine it’s got something to do with the internet and the changing ways in which we consume media; but what do I know.