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Misery Loves Music: Sulk

London Confidential chats to angsty, local Britpop revivers, Sulk, you heard them here first...

Written by . Published on December 5th 2011.


Misery Loves Music: Sulk

WE have lost track of the countless new indie bands who have entered the stratosphere this year, some good and some terrible. However the London music scene seems to have thrown up some actual talent in the form of miserable newcomers, Sulk. On first glimpse they are your usual ’90s revivalists, bowl cuts and cockiness similar to that of early Blur, however these guys are surprisingly down to earth.

Buy records… it’s important… we have no intention of doing this for free.

Compared to the greats such as The Stone Roses, the band very much owe their inspiration to the ’90s, but have that edge that will propel them into the modern day mainstream with ethereal guitars and powerful beats. The striking band consists of Jon on lead vocals, Tomas on guitar, Andrew on rhythm guitar, Jacob on bass and Bhairav on drums. With a hectic schedule on the horizon, (they play the  O2 on the 7th and there are talks of a tour next year) we feel pretty lucky to have been able to get a few minutes with Jon and the band.

Your band is likened to the Stone Roses, Suede, The Verve, basically all the great ’90s bands. How do you feel about this, do you see it as a compliment?
Yeah we see it as a major compliment. These are all bands that feature in our music collections, so it’s great to be mentioned in the same breath. They come from a genre of music we celebrate and want to continue with our own twist.

Who are you greatest icons and why do they influence you?
Icons for me are the great British frontmen. I don’t think I need to mention their names they are pretty obvious. I constantly get compared to them and some times in a negative way, my response to that is, get over it.

You have been dubbed one of the best ’90s revivalists, what is it about ’90s music and what do you make of that?
It’s another great compliment as far as we are concerned. Like I mentioned, it’s a genre we like. Music today is so bland and certainly not my taste. I think the ’90s were the last wave of indie music, when there was a difference between alternative and major. I love the sincerity of the song writing and the older bands they were referencing. All music right back to the ’60s was referencing something that had gone before and will always remind people of something that has gone before. Good music is done by referencing the right bands… you not tired of having to listening to tenth rate Joy division… boring.

Give me a brief history of the band?
Tomas and I met at a Tamborines show a few years back. He had seen Andy and I play in another band and asked us if we were interested in listening to some tunes he had written and if we would be up for getting involved. We had all the same influences so it was kind of exciting, I had no idea what we were gonna hear would be so mind blowing.

Why Sulk?
Haha… because we are miserable.

What’s your favourite part of London?
We all live in Stoke Newington or near by. It’s a cool area and is far enough away from Shoreditch to not be ruin.

You’re new single out few weeks ago called ‘Back In Bloom!’, is there any story behind the song/lyrics?
It’s a song about hope, which is open to any interpretation. The sentiment of the song runs through our veins… it’s what we believe.

You’re playing at the O2 on the 7 December, how do you feel about that?
Every gig we do is as important as the last one. We are excited but no more or less excited than anything we have done before. Every time you step out on stage it is the most important gig you are doing. In my opinion bands don’t cut it live and we want to break that trend.

Is there a tour coming up?
There is talk of lots of exciting stuff, so fingers crossed I guess.

Is there anything you guys want to add/say?
Buy records… it’s important… we have no intention of doing this for free.

Sulk’s new single Back in Bloom is now out.

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