Photography: John Johnson / @John_Johno

Indie is the fashion at the moment. You can’t turn a corner without seeing or hearing something about the newest band – how revolutionary they are, how they’re going to be the next big thing, the voice for the troubled youth. But deep down, for the most part, they’re usually little more than a fashion, a passing trend.

It’s flamboyant, it’s theatrical, it’s too over the top to be enjoyable and slowly you become disillusioned. Here at Bido Lito!, we’ve sifted through the rubble to find a band who match the expectations of the fans…THE SUZUKIS, a four piece from Wigan, are one of those rare groups who actually deserve the praise, mixing punk, rock, indie and 80’s sounds with typical northern themes and lyrics. Zane Lowe has been going nuts about them n all. So Bido Lito! braved the East Lancs road and caught up with the band in their native Wigan, in search of what all the fuss is about…

Bido Lito!: For those who haven’t come across you as yet, how would you describe your music?

The Suzukis: It’s hard to describe your own music. We have a friend who did once say we sound a bit like early Nirvana. I can’t hear it, but that’s not a bad thing to say. I’d rather people say that than say, Snow Patrol. We just hope it’s powerful really, melodic, and heavy. A little bit aggressive.

BL!: What was it like developing as a band in Wigan?

TS: For a small town, Wigan is really good. You only need to go to places like Warrington and St Helens to realise Wigan actually has a lot of venues, and there’s always something going on and places to play. There are other bands in Wigan like Victorian Dad and Glassheads who are really good, there’s loads going on there.

BL!: You’re signed to Deltasonic, who can lay claim to bands such as The Rascals, The Coral and The Dead 60s, how has that affected you?

TS: It has helped a lot. It’s always good to have someone who has experience, someone who can listen to you and tell you not what you’re doing wrong, just, what you can do better. It’s given us a chance to go on tour too; we’ve played with The Rascals and The Dead 60s. There’s no extra pressure, because we practised every day anyway, we’re always playing and writing, but sometimes they help with arranging, if a bit in a song isn’t quite there. We do do things in the wrong order.

"You don’t write a song because you think you should have a song that sounds like that; you just write what comes to you." The Suzukis

BL!: How do people react to your music around the country?

TS: People seem to take our music really well all over, except in the North East like Sunderland and Newcastle, they don’t like us there. In one gig in Newcastle there were people doing roly-poly’s around the place, it was weird. London goes really well, and we played in Birmingham with The View. There were about 2,000 people there, and that was really good.

BL!: Guitar music seems to becoming the new pop, do you think the current trend of music will affect the way you write?

TS: A lot of people have been saying that, but we’ve been doing the same thing for years anyway so we’ll just keep doing it. If we’d come from London or somewhere else, we wouldn’t sound as we do, but there’s no sort of ‘ooh we’re working class’ cliché. We don’t plan songs, we don’t craft them, they just happen as we write. You don’t write a song because you think you should have a song that sounds like that; you just write what comes to you.

BL!: From current crop of new bands, who could you pick out as stand out artists?

TS: The band we played with, The Loud, they were good, Victorian Dad and Glassheads too. It’s much easier to name bands you don’t like, and why you don’t like them – bands who take themselves too seriously.

The Suzukis’ latest single, Reasons for Leaving is filled with their usual anger and desperation and, without doubt, is in a class of its own. It’s a breath of fresh air from the current wave of pretentious art school indie music thats doing the rounds and The Suzukis can hold their head’s high with pride at this latest effort. They are one of the best bands to come out of the North for a long time and, certainly, the best is yet to come.

 

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