Interview: Super Luxury
Published on August 5th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
2012 is turning into quite the vintage year for berserk, Leeds-based noise-rock: following in the footsteps of Blacklisters, Super Luxury could be the next band from the local scene to take their shouty abandon relatively overground, and with song titles like “Kellogg’s Wasps” in their arsenal you can only hope that this comes to pass. Rocksucker fired some questions over to guitarist/shout-ist Chris to find out a little bit more about how they operate. First, though, check out the songs from their forthcoming cassette, which is penned in for a 29th September release…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
The line-up is as follows: Si (bass), Hamish (drums), Chris (guitar/shouting), Charlie (guitar) and Nodwell (shouting/hype machine).
The band has been going for around a year. Four of us used to play in an instrumental band called Island Hideaway, making music which sounded a lot like “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie. We met Nodwell when we found him trying to suck petrol out of our tour van with a pipe after a gig.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
We would probably say “Classic Noise Rock”. Basically a mixture of our hard rock influences like AC/DC and noisier stuff we’re into like Flipper and the Jesus Lizard.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
We’re based in Leeds, North Yorkshire. All of our recordings are done by our drummer Hamish who is a recording wizard and records some great Leeds bands like Yugoslavian Boys and Girl Sweat.
I never pay much attention, but I’m pretty sure he made all of his recording equipment himself out of Um Bongo cartons/paper plates covered in tin foil, but I might be wrong.
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
Not yet, but we were taken out for dinner the other night by Rick Rubin. Not sure if he wants to sign us or not, but he got hammered out of his mind and took his clothes off in the restaurant.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
We will be commencing work on something shortly. Super Luxury moves at a glacial pace though and we’re all amazed that we’ve managed to get an EP together.
Where can we hear your music online?
superluxury.bandcamp.com – this is where the digital version of our cassette lives. You can buy the cassette from 29th September onwards.
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
My highlights so far are:
1. Sounds From The Other City – this is a great festival. We met a lot of nice people and had an awesome time.
2. Oporto w/Blacklisters and Shield Your Eyes – The first show we played with our drummer Hamish. I love those bands and the whole night was great fun.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
Got these at the moment:
25th August – Fat Out Fest (Salford)
26th August – British Wildlife gig #150 w/ Yugoslavian Boys, Cowtown and Los Pecadores amongst others (Packhorse, Leeds)
29th September – Super Luxury Cassette Launch w/ Magnapinna, Bear Foot Beware, Double Muscle, Two Trick Horse, Yugoslavian Boys and others (Packhorse)
20th October – Swinefest (Wharfe Chambers, Leeds)
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
I wouldn’t really consider any of these bands obscure in a Leeds sense, but here are my favourites:
Bearfoot Beware, Juffage, Double Muscle, Two Trick Horse, Magnapinna, Postwar Glamour Girls, Cruyff, The George Preston industrial clothes-line experiment.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Based on the fact that I would be trying to escape, I would probably try and fashion most of the records into makeshift prison weapons like John Dillinger, rendering them useless, but here’s the list:
1. Frank Zappa
2. 400 Blows
4. Neil Young
Chris, thank you.