Introduce us to your band!
So, SUE is a four-piece Noise rock outfit from the West Midlands, England. It originally started out as a solo project; in September 2016 I (Elliot here) put together some demos in my Dad’s music room. After a while, I wanted to get a band together, and after shuffling through some different line-ups it all came together in 2018.
Ashley (lead guitar) has been with me since the beginning, I found Euan (drums) on Facebook in January 2018 and after a couple of months, he got his brother Harry to play Bass for us. Since then we’ve done loads of local shows and released an EP and our debut album.
How did you guys start out?
In the beginning, it was just me, playing around and trying to figure out how the hell to write good music. A band I had been in for 2 years had just broken up, and I was in the mood for something more raw.
Describe your band’s sound
Imagine the musical equivalent of an elephant fighting to the death with a pack of hyenas, that gets pretty close.
What influences your craft?
The 80’s American Hardcore scene was and still is a big influence, I really liked the independence and aggression they brought to the table. Black Flag, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks, The Germs, Bad Brains, all those types of bands.
I’m a big fan of concept albums too; the idea of creating a body of work on a certain theme or narrative really interests me. Our debut is actually a concept record, hopefully, it does the art form some justice.
What makes your band different?
We’re a very human band. The songs are honest and chaotic, and I think most people can relate to that sort of thing. I think we have developed quite a unique and interesting sound, but I’m biased so take that as you will. Plus, we really love what we do, I think that comes through in our music.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
I would say ‘Gotta Gotta Gotta’ is the most SUE of all the songs we have so far; it lures you in, smacks you in the face and doesn’t hold up until the song is over.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Trying to get heard really. There are so many great bands out there that it can be hard to get noticed.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
We supported Pretty Vicious in Birmingham last December. That was pretty amazing, wildest crowd we ever had. Releasing our debut album is definitely a highlight too, I’m really proud of making that record happen.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Promoting the new album, getting some shows across the country, working on new material. Maybe get a label involved too, but I’m not sure on that one yet.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As what I am; as what SUE is.