With the job we do, we are lucky enough to talk to some very talented musicians from around the world... One such group of talented musicians is The Superlatives who have kept their band going for an amazing fifteen years. They were kind enough to answer a few questions for us, so we can share their story with you!
Firstly, would you like to introduce yourselves?
Charlie Noble sings and plays guitar, Jamie Godley sings and plays the drums and Tom Gausden plays bass.
When and how was The Superlatives Created?
Superlatives started life as a four piece, with a different, more
unfortunate name. A combination of primary school and high school
friends, initially playing covers
without any bass, and amps in front of guitarists. The band moved into a
solid five piece, again playing covers around the pubs of Leeds at the
age of 14 – with a few original songs thrown in for good measure. By the
time we were sixteen we were down to a
four piece, playing gigs across the country and even venturing across
to the Netherlands and Germany on occasion.
And Is there a story behind the band name?
We were looking for a phrase that would encapsulate an extremity of something – whether that be the worst or the best, the loudest or most stupid of noises, and settled on the all-encompassing title of the Superlatives.
How would you describe your music for our readers? And who, would you say, are your biggest influences?
Loud three piece from Leeds, creating fast-paced, upbeat indie songs. Our influences are heavily worn on our sleeves, with a nod to 60's mod, 70's British punk, 80's Madchester, 90's Britpop and early noughties Indie. Some Alternative American music creeps into the mix every now and again.
Is this your first musical endeavor?
– we started life as a band when we were thirteen/fourteen, and whilst a
few members left over the years, we've managed to keep it going for
over fifteen years!
Has music always been a part of your life?
Massively – whether it be listening to old records, finding new bands, or going to gigs, alongside practicing and playing gigs ourselves, music has been a huge part of our all lives. Charlie and Tom became friends based on a shared adoration of Nirvana, whilst Charlie and Jamie became best buds with their joint love of the Yorkshire Scooter Scene.
During the current pandemic, a lot of musicians have been affected, especially with not being able to play live gigs... How have you been affected?
all lucky in that we've been able to keep working, and we've not had
anyone seriously affected by the pandemic. From a musical perspective,
it's been an absolute
nightmare. We've tried to keep things going by starting an album club
and forcing Charlie to listen to a full Daft Punk album, and as soon as
the restriction were lifted we were straight into Homefire Studios to
practice and write new songs.
Do you have anything you are working on at the moment? And what are your plans for the future?
We've been able
to work on a few bits and bobs, and are hopeful that we'll be able to
get into the studio early next year to record a new song that was a
stable of our live sets, as well as two new songs which haven't had the
live set test. Once recorded we're hoping to release
a 7-inch single for the first time – which is an exciting prospect! The
plan for the future is to get back gigging as soon as we possibly can –
even if that's playing to a room of two people.
Finally, where can people find you?
Listen here - https://songwhip.com/thesuperlatives
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheSuperlatives
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, and we look forward to hearing more from you in the near future!
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