Why Suedehead Will Never Be Hands Off With Their Music
Derek Bahn Suedehead brings their Carnaby style to Slidebar in Fullerton Saturday, April 6.
Suedehead belts out get-happy songs that swing, despite the lyrics being more lovelorn than jubilant. The swirling, soulful uptempo tunes from the brain of British ex-pat Davey Warsop are shaped by influences like the Jam and Elvis Costello.The Orange County band's new single "Lying in Bed" is sure to sway some sympathetic foot shuffling.
With a nod to songwriting heroes like Holland-Dozier-Holland, responsible for Motown classics for the Supremes, the Four Tops and a gazillion others, Warsop pens modern soul for a new generation. But that's not to say Suedehead members are abandoning their roots. Made up of former members of Beat Union, The Distraction, TSOL, The Aggrolites and Hepcat, in homage the band added a soulified version of Fugazi's "Waiting Room" as the single's B-side.
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From the get go, Suedehead played shows with Social Distortion and Flogging Molly, and even earned a slot at Coachella. But now, Suedehead is taking a step back and playing smaller venues in hopes of growing their local fan base. The guys play an outdoor, daytime gig Saturday, April 6, at Slidebar. OC Weekly checked in with soul mates Warsop and guitarist Chris Bradley to see how things are shakin'.
OC Weekly (Arrissia Owen): Does the lack of much of a local Northern Soul scene make ambition challenging for a band like Suedehead?
Bradley: We want to play with like-minded individuals. It doesn't matter if they are the same style. I think depending what you're into there is something you can glean from Suedehead.
Warsop: I think people like different styles of music more than ever these days. When I was in school, you didn't cross those lines. Like in the '90s you couldn't like Nirvana and Metallica. But these days, you can. ... We draw something from mod, powerpop, soul ...
Bradley: But we don't want to be put in that box. Davey is a great songwriter. These songs could be played in a different way and they could be straight-up pop or punk songs. The way we do the instrumentation, the way they are arranged, they are on a soul tip, but they are essentially pop songs.