Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
An Interview with Super Adventure Club.
Questions by Roberta Pia.
1. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NAME?
Basically, we made it up then a few months later, South Park stole it and made out we were a bunch of paedophiles raping kids around the world. What a rager. Actually, the truth is, after watching South Park; we just liked the idea of such an innocent, happy name having such dark connotations.
2. DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS.
WAZ: Experimental quirky rock.
MANDY: Ectoplasmic. Bodacious. Spaztical.
BRUCE: Messed up pop.
3. YOUR BEST AND WORST GIGS?
Our best gig so far was when we supported Future of the Left. Touring France and playing in a squat at 4 in the morning has a certain thrill to it as well. Gigs with our close friends have been the best for good vibes. One of our worst gigs was in Plymouth and the “sound man” thought it was a great idea to do sound from behind a wall and made Waz sound like a banshee.
4. TELL US A FUNNY SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB STORY.
There are no funny stories. We’re very serious.
Apart from last year when our tour of France was cut short – I cried a lot, Bruce took it in his stride and Waz dealt with it by getting a bottle of Whisky at the airport. We drank it all on the plane, plus a bottle of champagne, and as soon as we arrived at passport control Waz started shouting: ‘Why the f*ck are we in Britain!?’ I remember saying to him that he better shut up or he’ll be getting his bum searched. Then he turned round and started telling us he loved us and falling all over the place. When we went to collect our luggage, he did the one thing that everyone has always wanted to do: sat on the conveyor belt going ‘Weeeeeeeee!’ and laughing his head off. We’ve got it on film.
5. BEST AND WORST DECRIPTION OF YOUR BAND SO FAR?
“The B52’s on crack” is pretty good. The best AND worst was “These Californians have been listening to way too much Zappa & Beefheart.” When we get the Beefheart comparison, it’s because Mandy played 5 bars of slap bass and the weirdest thing the reviewer has ever heard is Captain Beefheart. You generally know someone is a douche if they name drop Beefheart.
6. SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB’S FAVOURITE MUSIC AT THE MOMENT?
WAZ: The Kills for a cheeky bit of vibe-y raw rock-pop and, as ever, Frank Zappa and Johnny Cash.
MANDY: Oingo Boingo – Danny Elfman’s 80’s band.
BRUCE: ‘Attahk’ by Magma for some furious prog-funk in a made up language, ‘The Reminder’ by Feist and XTC’s ‘Drums and Wires’ for some awesome pop tunes.
7. WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL BANDS?
MANDY: United Fruit.
BRUCE: This Edinburgh band called The Banana Sessions who do a wicked medley of Prodigy songs.
8. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BITS OF GEAR?
WAZ: At home I use a Clavia Nord and it kicks ass. I use it with an Alesis Performance Pad for easy triggering but I also use a set of Ddrum Red Shot Triggers which I link to the pads that control the synth. It’s too many leads for a drummer but it’s good fun. I also recently discovered the joys of Stagg drumsticks – they’re great and about half the price of your regular ‘professional’ stick. I’d challenge any drummer a blind test – after all, they’re just lumps of wood, aren’t they?
MANDY: I’ve been using the same Ibanez bass guitar for nearly 10 years, mainly because I’m poor but also mainly because it’s got a slim neck for wee hands and 24 frets for playing silly bass lines.
BRUCE: I’d recommend any of the Clavia Nord Modular gear, which was sadly discontinued because, like anything so wildly creative, people would rather have a ‘plug in and play’ easier solution.
9. WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WANTING TO EMULATE THE ‘SAC’ SOUND?
Get a hobby, maybe even a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Or maybe just rent a film. Failing that, get your drummer to count to 5 then just play anything and see what happens. And never learn how to sing. (On a more serious note: Don’t. Don’t emulate.)
10. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WASHING DETERGENT?
Bold 2-in-1. Although, if it wasn’t all about convenience, jelly tabs and a good softener.