Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Simon Davies, who performs under the enigmatic moniker SAER, heads to London to perform for Live Nation Source at the Old Blue Last on Thursday 25th July. With the show just a few days away, we spoke to Simon about his influences, his rituals, the Hootenanny and what fans can expect from his live show.
Suns Up are an exciting British band making shimmering, guitar-driven indie-pop. Check out their latest single Just Because here:
We got in touch with the lads ahead of their Camden Assembly gig in London. Front-man Dave filled us in on all things Suns Up:
Can you tell us where in the world you are right now, and what you’re up to?
Currently in Yorkshire for a few days to get some country air – England is so beautiful in spring and I try and get away when I see a good slot in the diary.
Describe your sound in three words.
Melodious Bright Pop
We’re spending the day in Chichester. What should we check out?
Definitely head to Helter Skelter Records; it’s a lovely second hand music shop, not only stocking unheard of vinyls, but also old music magazines and books.
Afterwards, I’d head to Drapers Yard for some good coffee and lunch.
If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would it be and who else would be on the line-up?
I’d love to play anywhere in America, it’s exciting how big it is – a lot of the music I grew up listening to came from there like The Strokes, Paul Simon, Vampire Weekend, Kings of Leon who’ve all influenced the music we make.
What was the last gig you went to?
We went to see Marsicans at Dingwalls in London – great show and the guys are so friendly.
Apart from the essentials (passport, instruments etc) what is one thing you absolutely have to bring on tour with you?
I think it would have to be my laptop; when I’m not writing or producing I’m constantly playing with designs and finding the new aesthetic of our band. How we delineate our sound is very important to me and it’s constantly changing which I love.
What can people expect from a Suns Up live show?
Energy, dancing – If you haven’t heard our records before you’ll definitely leave with them stuck in your head.
Any pre-gig rituals?
We usually find a close by pub and grab a couple drinks, then right before the show we try to group together and warm our vocals up – we’re about to head out on our first tour as a band so we’ll have lots of time to get ours up to scratch.
Anything else you want to shout about?
We’ll be on tour throughout May and June which we can’t wait for – it’s the first time we’ve put a string of shows together and the furthest we’ve been with our music.
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