Manchester's Suave Martyrs meld angular indie guitar with the flowing sounds of 60s west-coast psychedelia along with the baggiest of beats.
How did you come up with the name Suave Martyrs?
It's the idea that we're happy to fight and die for the cause of live music, trying to look good whilst keeping the scene alive in a state of sophistication
How long has the band been together?
The band has had different line ups since early 2018 but in its current form the band has been playing together since the beginning of 2019
I’ve come across many genres but never Scally-edilia. What is that?
Scallyedelia is psychedelic music based around themes of a darker more urban nature than its 60s originator and also takes musical inspiration from other genres such as punk hip hop and house
You have a couple of single releases this year. ‘Partyman’ and ‘Man about Town.’ Where are you at in terms of an ep or possible album release and when could we expect to see that?
Although we have loads of written material finding the money for studio time is difficult so we are working on one track at a time currently. The next single is out in September, but we will hopefully be bringing out an EP during the early months of 2020
Only one upcoming event in September. How often do you like to play live or is it simply down to what bookings you can get?
We actually have 3 bookings in September but only the 1 in Manchester. We feel it's important not to play in the same place too regularly, so we avoid taking bookings in the same city too often. However, how regular we play generally comes down to what bookings we can get.
Manchester is one of the biggest music hubs in the UK. In that respect where do you feel the city stands against say, Birmingham, London and Liverpool?
Manchester seems to be the most vibrant scene, not just with indie music but with many scenes taking off within the city’s music hub. It has always had competition with the music scene in London and is in close competition.
There is an explosion of talent coming through right now. Why do you think that is?
I think in an age where auto-tuned, overly produced music seems to be taking over there is almost a rebellion for bands and artists who are fighting to keep live music in our cities. Many of these bands are good because of the time they put in, which is so important, particularly now with the amount of competition there is.
Some of your musical influences are poles apart. Does that make it easier or more difficult when it comes to writing?
Definitely easier. We don’t feel restricted in sound at all and if we right a new song that sounds very different to our other tracks, we don’t worry about it. We spend a bit of time thinking how we can make this flow with our set and then go for it. It's important to think outside the box when being creative and multiple influences really helps with this.
Apart from your musical influences, where else do you draw inspiration from?
Definitely underground culture and the party scene. We want people to have a good time and enjoy the nightlife, hence many of our lyrics telling the tales of misfits and their deluded nights out.
Do you feel that your style of music helps you stand out amongst your peers?
I do think that we have a unique sound when you listen to the whole set. There are lots of ups and downs and influences from funk, disco and tech which is pretty unusual for an indie band. Whether people like this is up to them!
Do you have a message for your fans?
Come see us play! Next headline is 14th September and we always make an effort to hang around afterwards and meet the people that have taken the time to come see us play. We really appreciate it.
What can we expect to see from Suave Martyrs next year?
Definitely broadening our horizons out of Manchester and moving further afield when it comes to gigging. With releases there should be a couple of singles and then an EP for sure over the next year.
Any final words?
Get out there and play! See bands, get involved and have fun. Don’t live inside the box!