Following in the footsteps of noise pioneers Blacklisters, Leeds is steadily producing a number of bands keen to brutally deafen listeners across the North and beyond. Super Luxury is one such band, the four-piece rubbing shoulders with a number of rad up-and-comers in their scene like Irk and Bearfoot Beware.
My introduction to Super Luxury came earlier this year at Manchester’s Fragment Festival. Entering the small confines of the backroom at The Castle, I joined a herd of sweaty bodies tightly vacuum packed into the small space. Four equally sweaty men were wreaking havoc up on stage, producing blood curdling noise with gigantic riffs in abundance. It was great.
Former back in 2011, they’ve since shared stages across the land with the likes of Sleaford Mods, Hawk Eyes and Metz. Their debut album ‘Ten Solid Years of Applause’ came out earlier this year – A real cock hardening, blood pumping introduction.
With a cover featuring love gods Hall and Oates, you’d be forgiven for expecting the album to consist of that special blend of smooth, love making music. Taking influence from the likes of The Jesus Lizard, Fugazi and even AC/DC, they’ve instead crafted something more sinister.
Fielding questions on behalf of the four-piece, guitarist Chris Riviera delves into a love of 80’s heartthrobs, work on their debut album and guilt tripping friends into attending shows.
BCFB: I got your CD in the post the other day – cheers for that. The missus was pleased with the album cover; who put that together? I did spy those frames at a show once…
Chris: Glad your missus likes the album cover. I put that together (took a photo down at our practice place.) The frames and trophy have been a regular feature as a shrine to Hall and Oates – I’m a big Hall and Oates fan, like everyone else in my family. You can’t beat some good old Yacht Rock.
Speaking of your live show, I remember catching you guys a while back in Manchester and being almost knocked back by your intensity. You’d built up quite the atmosphere. You’re pretty known for your live shows, right?
Thanks for the nice comments – our live shows can be very hit or miss haha. Some of the hits have been outstanding (such as a Christmas special where Adam came out of a giant Christmas present); however we’ve also finished sets to bemused silence. However if you are total visionaries staring light years into the future like we are, you can’t expect everyone to get you.
At that Manchester show, I noticed the lad from Bearfoot Beware knocking about, and you were recently name checked by Blacklisters vocalist Billy Mason-Wood as being one of a number of “great noise rock bands” coming out of Leeds. In the past couple of years, Leeds seems to have become a conveyor belt showcasing nothing but shit-hot bands. Are you pretty chuffed to be involved in the DIY scene there?
You just named two of Leeds’ least trust worthy people. Watch your backs around those guys….haha…..I actually live with Tom from Bearfoot (great band) so he had to be at the show, otherwise I would guilt trip him and do things to his food.
Yeah, extremely pleased! There are tons of great shows and tons of great people. It’s so nice to be able to go to a gig and see loads of friends there and watch great shows every week
Who are some of the bands you’re keen on coming off of that “shit-hot” conveyor belt?
Some of my personal favourites are Cowtown, Irk, Zozo, Blacklisters, Famine and Pink Rick.
Your debut album ‘Ten Solid Years Of Applause’ was released earlier in the year. How does it feel to have it out there for people to hear?
Feels great, although you can only hear it online. We decided to replace all of the CDs in the CD cases with spring snakes, which fly out at people’s faces when they open it. Sorry if you’ve paid £6 to get a face full of snakes!
Is it right that you actually recorded the album at Brudenell Social Club? Aside from its obvious iconic status, what was your reasoning behind that particular choice of venue?
Yes that’s true. The sound in the Brudenell is great; also Adam (front man) works there so we could do it for free.
How was the whole production process behind the album?
The production was extremely slow, haha. We recorded the album over a 2 year period and sort of added things as we went along. Luckily we have two guys who studied recording in our band (Tom and Hamish) so we could do the whole thing for free. It’s great being able to make amends every time you want, and not pay out tons of money like a mug.
‘Ian Mackaye made so much money out of Fugazi that he lives in a solid gold house and drives a solid gold car and he sits on his driveway but he can’t go anywhere because the wheels are made of solid gold’ is probably the best song name I’ve ever come across, so well done there. What/who acted as inspiration during the writing of the album?
Thanks a lot; we were very proud of that. Worth adding that it’s not actually about Ian Mackaye at all, we love Ian Mackaye, but thought the title was funny. Inspiration comes from loads of sources – in jokes, funny things we hear on a day-to-day basis, films (Salem Tears is about the night I watched the film Salem’s lot and I was having such a lovely evening I started crying tears of joy.) Adam and myself hang out a lot, and many things come from us just being stupid together.
Have you begun work on anything new? What can we expect from you chaps as the year comes to a close?
Yes, we’ve got half an album’s worth of new songs written (or thereabouts) and they’re sounding pretty nice (at least we think so.) We’re taking it fairly easy towards the end of the year as the start was very busy, so I reckon we’ll just play a few shows and keep having fun.