“under your eyes in the city lights / your pleasure is my mission, babe”
So goes the chorus to one of Sud’s most popular songs. And if you haven’t heard them, it’s pretty much an indicator of how the band sounds. They stand out by the first time they step on stage as they total to eight members, including that saxophone and the frontman’s signature afro that you can spot a mile off. It takes only one song with that groovy, soulful sound, and you’re hooked. Next thing you know, you’ll be singing along.
We talked to the band’s vocalist/guitarist Sud Ballecer to find out their history and what’s next for the band. Read on!
One Music: How was SUD formed? We came from UST Conservatory of Music.
SUD: Me and Marc were blockmates back then and we decided to jam in his basement! The rest is history
OM: What convinced you to pursue music?
S: I started to play guitar when I was in grade 7. I wanted to impress girls back then and the only way I know was playing music. Hahaha.
OM: What made you pursue this genre of music?
S: We tried experimenting a different sound before, it didn't work well for us. So we decided to mix all of our influences, and people liked it and we felt natural with it.
OM: You recently took in Jensen and the Flips’ percussionist Carlo [Maraingan] and guitarist Sam [Valenia] as members, how did this happen? How has the change affected the band so far?
S: Our ex guitarist Gelo went to London to study so we had to find a guitarist. We asked Sam since he was familiar with our songs and he brought Carlo to the jam. We gelled quickly. Our songs now are more groovy and sounds more soulful.
OM: What was your most memorable gig?
S: Artbeat was nice! A lot of people came and our set was really tight!
OM: Where/how do you get inspirations for your songs?
S: Our songs are mostly about love and making love.
OM: You released your album, Skin, last January. What was the album launch experience like for you?
S: It was overwhelming. Route was filled with people. The bands who played are all awesome. We shared the stage with Words Anonymous. It was a great night.
OM: What’s next for Sud?
S: We have more school gigs and collaborations with other bands!
OM: You recently posted a photo with Jensen and the Flips. Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on?
S: It's a surprise!
OM: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
S: Our juggling of schedule! Most of my band mates have a day job, which means we cannot book a gig on a short notice or have a meeting in a snap.
OM: What’s the funniest thing to ever happen onstage?
S: I sang a different song.
OM: What is one thing that fans would not expect about you/the band?
S: We are not flirty.
OM: Who is your current favourite local indie act?
S: Tom's Story
Writer/photographer/non-musician that hopes to promote local independent music. Probably hanging out at a gig at this very moment...