Suave Martyrs – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SM: We’re a five piece indie band from Manchester. We try to live a way that we enjoy: making and seeking opportunities that allow us to have fun whilst making the music we love. We all love to party, and I think this is reflected in our music which often just describes experiences that we have had whilst exploring the intoxicated nights of Manchester and its vibrant scene. We wanna experience all walks of life whilst thrashing out on stage, whether its at the Ritz or some dive bar down town.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SM: Ben and Stu started the band a few years back to escape the monotonous cycle of 9-5 life, then lead guitarist Sam joined not too long after. The band went through a couple of drummers until we found Biscuit, then very recently we made a decision to get Brad involved. Our sound has evolved throughout the different lineups with each current member placing their stamp on the band.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SM: I mean there’s the obvious influences of bands such as The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix and The Who, but we take influence from all sorts of music and try to avoid the Cliches. There are so many bands from Manchester that just try to recreate what has already happened and we’ve never been sure why. So we take influence from all forms of music, old and new. We have such varied music tastes in the band that we have all bases covered from Psychedelia, rock and indie, right through to house, funk and groove. We wanna make music that allows our live shows to have a real party atmosphere, the indie equivalent of an illegal rave.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SM: Just to keep getting opportunities to play in as many new places as we can. Of course we would love to make it in the big league, but not for money or fame. Just simply to have more time to do what we love doing. If we were able to support ourselves financially at home, entirely from Suave Martyrs, then I feel like we would have achieved our dream. We just want to have fun and avoid the bullshit of modern life.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SM: There isn’t one songwriter for our outfit, but 5 songwriters that work together. Sometimes one of us will bring a fully written song to the band, but even then the other members will put their swing on it. More often songs will be written in the rehearsal room during jam sessions. We are all very open and love to try things out. Doesn’t always work, but when it does we make something organic and fresh. The themes in our music is usually based around the urban life of Manchester: both the light and the dark of the night life and the characters that we have met on many a night out. It’s best to write about what you know so that your music is authentic.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SM: The usual ways; all forms of social media, radio where we can and the old school classic that is word of mouth. We were slowly moving to a position where our music sold the tickets rather than ourselves, but then 2020 and its lack of gigs happened…
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SM: I mean; its not great when an artist doesn’t get paid what they deserve. But if it weren’t for streaming services such as Spotify then there is no way we would even have music out. Nowadays anyone can release music and that is such a good thing, we are not restricted to what the labels sells to us. And Spotify pays such a small amount per play that if someone downloading our music for free means they’ll be listening to us, then fine. The music industry is in a different place now to the 20th century, and can’t be compared. We just try to get on with it in the best way we can.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SM: There are so many tracks to choose from that could have made us Rich, Famous and living the celebrity life; but none of them would have been Suave Martyrs. Also I’m sure that every member of our band would have a different answer to this!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SM: Oasis wannabe’s! Also bands with more money than skill. We would rather see a band with shit equipment but passion and talent, than a fully kitted out band that played boring music. Owning a Gisbon Les Paul does not make you a good guitarist.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SM: There’s been many moments that we feel proud of, but also many where we have wanted to bury our heads in the sand! Trying to make it as a band is a journey and we’ve been though ups and downs. But I think a defining moment for us where we though “fuck yeah, we’re on to something” was at our second self promoted Show held in Royal Park Cellars, Leeds. Despite this being 2 weeks before lockdown and our audience being thinned by the fear of the new virus, we had such a blast and created an energy that far surpassed the end of the show and continued to the afterparty at our drummers house. We felt something special that night and was probably our proudest moment.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SM: New release coming out some point in December, everything’s been tracked we’re just trying to get the mix right at the moment. But without Gigs happening we’re pretty limited to finding things to do online that will help us keep promoting ourselves and our music. Think the next plan is looking into how we can film a socially distant music video! But generally, like most bands, we’re in a time of uncertainty at the moment and we are desperate to get back to live shows.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SM: Obviously Spotify is where you’ll find us easiest, but also on Band Camp, Soundcloud, youtube and amazon music. If you like the music please feel free to check us out on Instagram and Facebook! One thing people can do to help out artists in this dry spell of a year, is to follow their socials. Makes all the difference.
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