On this 107 degree afternoon, one Brit and two Americans take to the couch with KROQ’s Stryker. Cory, Davey and Chris, members of Suedehead are eager to chat about the biggest festival they’ve ever played.
“I like the air condition,” were the first words out of Chris’ mouth. Considering the blistering desert heat, the rented mansion’s cool air and glittering pool easily grabbed their attention.
“Let’s talk about your work down in the Hurley Studios down in Costa Mesa.What kind of gig did you have there?,” started Stryker in his interview with Suedehead.
“Well, basically, with my old band,” singer Davey Warsop began, “We were playing the Hurley stage at Warped Tour. Hurley was giving us clothes and we play a lot of Hurley events; we just made a very strong connection with those guys.”
“I ended up working with Greg Teal down at the recording studio there. We have all kinds of bands come in; we help out young bands, we sponsor battle of the bands. We’ve had bands like Alkaline Trio, Weezer, NOFX, Social Distortion, all kinds of acts, big and little just coming to do cool stuff in our studio. I ended up doing some demos for Social D’s latest record.”
“They were writing. Using our space just for a couple of weeks, they were writing and trying out new songs, to then work on even more. They just needed a space to rehearse. I ended up helping them out a lot, with gear, recording the songs, and one day Mike came in and asked about my music,” Suedehead elaborated about their relationship with Mike Ness. “He was really into it.”
“When he left, he was like ‘Hey man, once the band’s together, maybe you should come out and do a few shows with Social D, and you know what it’s like in the music industry… I’m like ‘it’s Mike Ness, thanks a lot, see ya later. It’s been nice working with you.’ And then Shane, his manager calls and was like come and play, Mike wants you on the shows.”
When asked if naming the band was inspired by the Morrissey song, Warsop elucidated it was a bit deeper than just being a Smith’s fan.
“We named it after an old British subculture when kids were going out and dancing to soul and Motown in dance halls in the North of England; it got dubbed Northern Soul, and the Suedeheads were going there,” explained Warsop. “It was kind of little nod to our influence. We never really planned to play Coachella or come this far… We’ve been offered a couple of gigs with Social D. You don’t turn that down do ya.”
“2012 was my first ever year at Coachella. Having been to several festivals as a punter and also performer, I was kind of preparing myself for “just another festival”. As soon as I got there, I realized that purely by the location of Coachella, it really is different. The huge mountains and palm trees were an epic landscape to look across as we were playing.”
Davey Warsop of Suedehead talks about his first ever Coachella experience with Hurley.com
Suedehead’s new independently released EP In Motion is now available on iTunes.
–Jay Tilles, CBS Local