Sweet Deals On Surgery have only come to light on the blogs radar a short time ago but have already made a lasting impression. Their raw and energised sound brings MIMR to its knees and puts them up there with a small group of Manchester bands that have made a impact on the blog since its birth
In this Band Chat I spoke to the band about a host of things, they talk about their DIY methods, the great support of promoters and their love for chicken
MIMR: So how did your name come about?
SDOS: Yeh, this ones easy. Its a song by a D.C band called Burning Airlines (formerly Jawbox). We asked J Robbins from the band if we could use it as our band name and he said yes, turns out he’d nicked it from a band called Kerosene 454.
MIMR: What’s your objectives when you write your music and what are your influences?
SDOS: Rob is the main songwriter in terms of lyrics and basic melodies. He’ll come to practise with a song, or part of a song and then me and Tim will go to work on it. Its a dynamic that has turned out to be fruitful and very efficient. I enjoy arranging songs and Rob likes to sit back from that process. We try to keep some running themes in the arrangement of SDOS songs, those being of energy, a certain amount of informed naievity, and playfulness. For instance certain beats are played to imitate a badly sequenced yet over quantized and almost boring drum track. Its not a band where just anything goes. We don’t want to end up a mish mash of all our influences, which are really varied. Me and Tim have Brass Band backgrounds and me and Rob have done solo electronic projects and much more. We have a visions of noisy, punky, scuzzy, obnoxious, lyrically poignant but not preachy, songs and we’ll try and keep to those ideas without stifling ourselves.
MIMR: Your latest EP has a very polished feel to it, while still keeping your intense, raw energy, how did the recording of these songs come about and were their any difficulties involved in its production?
SDOS: It’s interesting you should describe it as polished, when the whole record was a compromise really. We recorded the whole thing with only two microphones and a laptop. DIY to say the least. It was an experiment, just to see if we could, and with a bunch of masking tape, some elastic bands and an old sock, we did. The big studio album will be recorded in a few weeks time. However, yes, we did come into some problems recording ‘Total Reek Hole’. Rob punched his Mac to death so we lost all the drum recordings for his microphone. We have both been prone to tantrums occasionally and this was one of them. However we hugged and made up but couldn’t resuscitate the Mac. So what started out as a cost free recording suddenly became very expensive.
MIMR: What’s your favourite venue you’ve played and why?
SDOS: Well SDOS have only been gigging since September so we’ve not got loads to choose from. I’d say the Star And Garter at the end of November was brilliant, great sound and everyone was dancing! A shout out to all the promoters that have put us on seems appropriate, thanks to Party Hard, Carefully Planned, Turn It Out, Picture Sound, Hello Bastards, Classic Scum, Love Music Promotions. We should say that if your ever in Preston though, go to The Ferret! Not just because it’s a great venue but you’ll probably see Timble our drummer kicking some doors in and being generally smashed and awesome.
MIMR: What highlights as a band did you have last year?
SDOS: Playing our music to lovely people and the great reaction we’ve had already. Also we had this Spanish couple come up to us after a show in Liverpool and say we we’re going to be big and that they loved our record and they’d come specifically to watch us!It was our first gig there! that was cool.
MIMR: What can MIMR followers expect from the band this year?
SDOS: A full length album to start with! We’re really excited to be recording at Queen Ark Studio in Levenshulme with Karl Sviensson. One of the most talented studio engineers/producers we know. Also we’ll hope to be recording some ridiculous videos and hopefully working with our label Sister9 Records some more too. Also loads more songs and better noisier distortion pedals. MAMMOTH!!
MIMR: Do any of you guys have any special talents…..apart from musically of course?
SDOS: Tim is the champion of Analogue Segway Pumping and Alex and Rob have a special talent for fried chicken consumption. Eating fried chicken in the shower is a very special talent.
MIMR: Thanks for chatting to MIMR. Any other bands that you reckon MIMR should look out for?
SDOS: Not all local but here’s some off the top of my brainbox….Groves, E Numbers, Young Mountains, Blood Lips, 12 Rods, Hum, Bad Grammar, Monoganon, Pictish Trail, Trojan Horse, Duke Mercury, Jackpot Golden Boys, Hyena Kill, Venkman, Sunset Cinema Club, IEPI, Mouses (on our label), Toubadors Grave (Alex’s pick of 2014), 1.21 Gigawatts! Thanks for your interest in our band MIMR
Thanks goes to the guys from Sweet Deals On Surgery for chatting to MIMR, they will closely followed on the blog this year, I’m sure of it!
As always here are the essential links:
Bandcamp (where you can listen too and buy ‘Total Reek Hole’ EP): http://shop.sister9.com/album/total-reek-hole-ep