We’re sure that our readers are going to love Sydney’s SURES. The Australian quartet are delivering indie pop with some serious punk flare. With the release of their latest EP The Night, Hero, Waste, Time, Getting Better back in August, we caught up with SURES to talk about reflective artwork, dying for pop punk, and losing underwear and mooning a crowd.
AMBY: Hello SURES, how’s the band doing today?
SURES: Doing pretty well thanks.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band with one word?
SURES: Beth – Donatello, Jonas – Leonardo, Simon – Raphael, Matt – Michelangelo.
AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
SURES: Just everyday white-middle class suburban stuff. Relationships, lattes, iPhones, and trees and shit.
AMBY: What was the significance behind titling The Night, Hero, Waste, Time, Getting Better each song on your latest EP?
SURES: It kinda sounds Confucian when you read it out, ‘The Night Hero (is) Waste (ing) Time Getting Better’. I would like to pretend we planned that but we’re not nearly clever enough. Our penchant for naming songs after random lyrics happened to coincide with the song order we decided on and our brill manager Andy joined the dots.
AMBY: Which track off the EP is your favourite?
SURES: I like them all, ‘Getting Better’ the most. The rest of the band have different opinions though.
AMBY: What inspired The Night, Hero, Waste, Time, Getting Better‘s neat artwork?
SURES: A hectic artist from Melbourne called Matto Lucas made it so you’d have to ask him. Kinda speaks to me on some level about nature and technology, but that’s just because I’ve been thinking about that shit lately and art has a way of reflecting what’s already on your mind.
AMBY: Which other bands from Sydney should we keep our eyes on?
SURES: There are heaps of good bands going round, some classic Sydney bands around these days are Bloods and Palms. There’s a band called Oslow that’s killin it right now. The gnarliest emo/punk shit around, sick vibes coming from those dudes.
AMBY: On October 10th, you wrote “I would literally die for pop punk”. What’s the ultimate pop-punk song?
SURES: I don’t know about the ultimate pop punk song, but the naughties were ripe for it. Just got into Tigers Jaw recently, they were a band around then that had the chops but never got the props. Check out ’The Sun’ or ‘I Saw Water’ for a taster, their whole self titled is classic.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to SURES at a gig?
SURES: By the last show of one tour I freeballed it cause I had managed to lose all my underwear. I had also lost my belt, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to work out why halfway through the set some kids were yelling and pointing at me. Anyway, turns out I was in the process of mooning the whole room so I did the only thing available for me to do, which was slap a cheek and keep playing.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
SURES: Man that’s such a tough question, this year’s been a good one for music. The rest of the band will hate me for saying this but you could say I’m a disciple of Yeezus. That dude is something else.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about SURES that nobody knows yet?
SURES: Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus was written about Simon’s left nut.
Thank you SURES, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout