Interview with Brad Greenhalgh (Vocals Guitar) of Suave Martyrs and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you best describe the sound of Suave Martyrs?
BG: The sound of Suave Martyrs…. it’s everything that you’ve heard before and nothing that you’ve heard before at the same time. It’s drum n bass on acid. It’s psychedelia and mod. It’s melody that speaks to the soul. It’s that first cigarette of the day with a brew on a crisp morning.
PD: Can you tell us about the background of the band? How did you get together etc?
BG: Myself and Stu were the original members. The idea came about when we were seshing as most great ideas do. The band wasn’t complete though until Sam and Biscuit joined the band. Sam joined first. Then, one sombre afternoon whilst nursing a hangover in the bath. He heard Biscuit tapping away on a drumkit next door. Just so happened at the time we were looking for a drummer. On this occasion, having paper thin walls worked out to be an advantage. Everything fell in to place and we’ve been going from level to level ever since.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BG: Musically, Anything and everything. Stu’s big on the Chilli’s, The Clash and Joy Division (he’d get upset if I didn’t mention that). Non-Musically, Football’s a big part of the bands makeup. Stu and Sam are Reds. Brad’s a blue. I’m a Bury fan. Biscuit’s a Leicester fan. Other than that it’s just general chit chat. Biology and Chemistry are favourites when it comes to topics of conversation(you can make your own mind up what that entails).
PD: What are your overall dreams and aspirations as a band?
BG: Too be as biggest band in our street.
PD: Who writes your songs, is there a general overarching theme to your songwriting?
BG: We all write the songs. One of us might come up with a concept, then we all sprinkle a bit of magic dust on it and it’s turns out alright.
PD: You’ve just released your latest single Cascades of Gold. Can you tell us a bit about that?
BG: We heard Elon Musk wanted to take people to Mars, so we thought we’d take them there first.
PD: What’s the reception been like to it so far?
BG: Exceptional! 10k Spotify plays in the first month. It’s making a lot of head way across the pond as well so hopefully, we’ll be able to go and spread the Suave Martyr gospel over there at some point in the future.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BG: I’d go for “James – Laid”. Has nothing to do with fact it’s just been on the radio. Maybe “When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin”
PD: What are some of your biggest annoyances as far as the music industry?
BG: It comes with it’s fair share of bullshit, don’t get me wrong but if you’re not prepared to deal with it. Then it’s not for you. As a unit, we’re pretty good at doing things on our terms.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BG: Robert Carlisle boarded the MartyrMobile the other week. Absolutely buzzes off us. Can’t not be proud of that. Fuckin Franco Begbie loves a jam.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BG: All good streaming services. Spotify, iTunes, YouTube. The list goes on. It’s quite a unique band name so providing your not soft and don’t spell it Swarve Martins. You should be able to find us
PD: What can we expect from the band as the year progresses?
BG: Shows, shows and more shows. We’re gonna keep ourselves busy and active. Big plans ahead so stay tuned.
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