LH: Hows the life and band been doing since you released the new LP? Have you summoned a hoard of thrash metal warriors back from the 80s to come and slam dance to your band? It seems there’s been a bit of a resurgence in crossover style bands popularity recently with Bones Brigade, Municipal Waste and so on; why do you think that is?
SSS: Metal is the best. It’s never gone away, maybe forgotten about a bit, but it’s always there, in the sewers ready to come under your floor boards and infect your brain as you sleep. It’s what we all got into first when we were nippers; a diet of hard hitting thrash slabs, a stig at school with long hair but no-one gave me shit though as I was three feet bigger than all of them.
I’m glad thrashy metal is back. Kids get into a pigeon hole of I’m this or that and they need to fuck it off and get into everything. Hopefully this new crop of crossover racketeers will pick up all this new and old great stuff and buzz about metal once again.
LH: What went on at your record release show?
SSS: Our record release nearly never happened! We’d just come back from an European tour. I should have been in hospital before we went out; me kidneys are fucked but I did the gig instead. “It’s my party and I’ll die if I want to,” thats how it goes right? A jam packed room with a ton of pumpkins glowing in the dark while a sea of sweaty, pissed up, puking, nighttime creatures go berserk to every band that went on. The sound hippy in the venue gave the crowd shit because they were all slamming into his crap sound box – it was held together by a piece of string so what do you expect. Each record was signed, stamped and on clear wax. They went fast. The morning after the gig I collapsed and had to ring an ambulance from the floor. I got rushed to hospital and then had my op, sometimes you can’t fight back.
LH: Having never been to a gig in Liverpool I was wondering what you think about the scene there? I’ve been told that it’s really diverse with loads of different kids there, from skins to punks to hardcore kids and a variety of other assorted Herberts. Do you think that variety is the spice of life when it comes to the hardcore scene. Also thrash gig seem to put on bands from a myriad of different genres, is that a conscious decision do you think?
SSS: Liverpool is the sickest for all the different types of people that come to shows. Gigs always have something odd about them, whether it’s the venue or who’s on the bill. I have to design the posters, get the venue and get it up and running, so basically it’s what I want to see. I’m not sitting through crap! I think it’s a subconscious thing. Five different bands all have their mates and they can all strike a pose together and we can all buzz of each other, except for the crusties and the kiddy on young brigade studded jacket. Punks – they need a good bath and they will always try and blag their way in, but they always have money for beer.
LH: On the new LP, the song Last Man Standing takes the piss out of the way kids dance these days; what are your opinions on the way people mosh? I was well impressed with Municipal Waste when they came over saying, “What the fuck are you doing? This is fucking thrash!” to kids dancing like morons. I always think it’s more pleasing to the eye to see a mass of sweaty kids running about like total lunatics, having fun as opposed to a few kids in the middle of a circle impersonating Chuck Norris, especially to a thrash band because that’s just retarded.
SSS: There’s an attitude of look at me and of one upping each other. We will have a dance off and wipe the floor with them all. SSS can do tap, contemporary jazz and the conga. There are moves. That song was a bit of a reflection on the state of things today – yes. It also was about couple of mates who fell of the face of the earth when they got birds. Everything got dropped, records sold, no gigs, it’s a shame. And at the end of it they are missed. The ‘eyes’ T-shirt we have is a photo I took of one of them. He’s a footy thug now. That was my way of keeping him around, at least in fabric form.
LH: Do you ever feel that your music is better appreciated by kids that are actually into thrash and metal because it seems that you are a thrash band that play to hardcore kids, move within those circles and are perceived as a kind of a novelty (from what I’ve experienced, I could be wrong). It’s similar to bands like Down and Outs, they play poppy street punk but loads of hardcore kids seem to be really into them. Was the band intended to be a novelty? Where do you see yourself fitting in, or could you not give a shit?
SSS: SSS is a round peg in a lot of square holes. We have played with all sorts of bands and crowds; metal, hardcore and indie. We want to see other people and towns. Playing in a sweaty dark rock club is okay but you get bored quick.
LH: You’ve got a a fair few songs based around skateboarding, what are your opinions on the popularity of skateboarding?
SSS: I’ve skated since summer of ‘84. I did it for fun. You do what you do with no uniforms. I couldn’t care less about what skating is nowadays. The peaks and troughs always separate out the wheat from the chaff. That’s how I look at music as well. I’m not signing up to anything because it’s cool or it’s what my mates are doing – fuck that. Trends have pumped money into skating; parks have been build, some poor, some great. Historically we can see this every ten years. The bubble has burst and skating is definitely underground once more. I like it that way.
LH: What do you think the relationship between skateboarding and hardcore is?
SSS: Fast and raw with a fuck you attitude. That’s how I’ve always viewed it. Loads of early bands like Metallica, Anthrax, Big Boys, Minor Threat, Adolescents, Black Flag, etc skated. Some of the best stuff ever came out of rolling deep in pools, carving banks, slapping curbs, then starting a band and going to gigs! I don’t want to understand what kids are into today. If they skate, then good. It’s easier to get into now and at least they are out and about as opposed to hanging on street corners. I sound like a right dad don’t I! I’ve got O.T.D (old timers disease). With SSS we are in hard and fast, guitars are thrashed, drums rattled and words are screamed, two fingers are shown and then we are on to the next song. The song L.B.P we have deals with what we have been doing for years when it comes to skating. We do what we do, under the radar, undetected, keeping the underground lit!
LH: Lastly I heard the story about Leeds and the pigs head. Would you care to elaborate on this matter for us please.
SSS: We’ve got a song called The Beast. It’s about a roller coaster. It is a fuckin beast
as well! It’s wood and it’s sick. I saw a sign called “the beast” in my local butchers.
it was on a pigs head, so I bought it. We took it on tour in October 05 and it came out to
play on our last gig in Crosby. It was full of kids as they all come out to play on a
Saturday night as there’s nowt to do round that way. It put the fear of god in them.
I got another for when we played Leeds. I like to get in peoples heads. The SSS drummer and guitarist are vegan and they were like, ‘Fuck it – do it. Meat eaters need to see what they are eating and the rest need reinforcing when they don’t.’ So out came piggy once more! It was heavy so it go lobbed half way through us playing The Beast. People were annoyed but no one came up to me. Some girls got blood on their belt. Still no one said anything. Needless to say when they all got home these internet warriors, they gave me a tongue lashing I’ll never forget.