SUE – Interview
Interview with Elliot from SUE and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
E: SUE’s a Noise rock four-piece.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
E: I (Elliot here) started SUE in September 2016, making demos in my Dad’s music room; after a couple months I started looking for guys to play with. Ashley (guitar) has been with me since the beginning really, while Euan (drums) and Harry (bass) joined in 2018 to form the current line up. Since then we’ve been gigging across the West Midlands music scene and put out two independent releases: Melting (EP, 2018) and It Will Never End (album, 2019).
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
E: Musically speaking Nirvana, Fugazi, Leathermouth, Metz, Iceage and Black Flag are some big influences on our sound. I’ve also been reading a lot of existential philosophy over the past couple of years; which gives me a lot to think and write about.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
E: Creating a legacy I’m proud of, that’s the main goal. To do this full-time would also be fucking amazing, but unlikely with the current state of the music industry.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
E: I write the material for SUE; a lot of it is based in anger and frustration and all that good stuff. Philosophy can sometimes play a part too, but it really depends on the mood I’m in.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
E: Mostly online, I’ve been meaning to try and promote them in the real world too but it’s hard finding the time with a degree to do too.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
E: It is what is it. Fuck it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
E: Frank Iero’s Joyriding. It is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard; catchy, energetic, fun, miserable. It’s great.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
E: Accidentally stepping on the bassist’s face while he rolls around on stage; he’s usually more peeved than me but it’s no fun for either of us.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
E: Supporting Pretty Vicious in December 2018 was ace. Wildest crowd we’ve ever had, it was mayhem and I loved every minute of it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
E: Well we’ve just put out our debut album so I’ve been trying to promote that as much as I can. I’m very proud of it, so trying to get people to listen feels more genuine and I like that.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
E: Well on the 22nd June we’re playing an event in Redditch, supporting mental health. We’ll be doing our thing of ripping up the stage, and the rest of the bands will be great too. It’s for a good cause, so it’s a winner all round.
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