There's probably quite a few people out there who are wondering, who is The Sugi Tap? Can you give us a background of your musical career/s?
We used to be two thirds of a band called Eve 6. Although we all had a nice, satisfying "run" in that band, we decided two years ago that it was time to move on to different projects. Jon, the third member of Eve 6, started the band Monsters Are Waiting. Max wrote new tunes and jammed them
acoustically under the Brotherhood of Lost Dogs moniker, and I produced records for LA area bands such as Malbec and Roughed-Up Folk (R.I.P.). Max and I were talking one day and he said that he was looking for some musical direction for some of his new ideas. I told him what I thought, and we
decided to work on it a little. We liked where the sound was going, so we decided to let it keep going there. So now it's a full-fledged thing that requires care, love, and attention, and we're willing to give it all of those things and then some. Just this summer we started the myspace page and began to play out. We're auditioning players for the band right now.
Where did the name originate from?
From the japanese cult movie/novel Battle Royale. Go check it out, it'll shock and amaze.
Will the sound that you go for, be similar to the three demos on myspace? For those who haven't heard the music, describe the style of your music.
The demos certainly present the vibe we're going for. The more we play live shows the more it will solidify, but the building blocks are there. I'd say the sound owes a lot to British rock bands of the last twenty years. It's a vibe that we've always really liked, but didn't really let shine during the
Eve 6 years. The usual culprits: Oasis, Depeche, Smiths, Catherine Wheel, the Verve. Some newer groups like the Decemberists, the Strokes, Kasabian. And who doesn't love the pop genius of "Since U Been Gone"? But we love all music: check our influences list on the Myspace page.
Have you played many live shows? If so, how have they gone?
As the Sugi Tap, only a handful. All in all they've gone great. Each one is a learning experience. The first couple we're just the two of us, and now we're starting to bring other folks in. We've kind of done this whole thing a bit backwards: As opposed to playing shows right away, we spent the effort on songwriting and recording and experimenting in the studio. So now we're trying to figure how to make it happen live.
What has been the response so far to The Sugi Tap?
We're happy to report that it's been of the thumbs-up variety all-around. This makes us pleased. Take a listen and see for yourself.
This question is for Max, will there be any other recordings of Max Collins and the Brotherhood of Lost Dogs?
Probably no more recordings, but some of the songs from that time have been updated and brought into our repertoire.
Where does the bands lyrical inspiration come from? Some of Max's past metaphors have been mind blowing.
According to Max: "Friends, strangers, books, circumstances I'm going through at the time. Pretty much real life. I think a sense of sympathy and optimism runs through the songs."
Also, regarding lyrics, will The Sugi Tap's lyrics be clever and creative, as with Eve 6, or will you be heading in a new direction?
I think cleverness and creativity are hallmarks of a Max Collins lyric, so there's plenty more of those qualities in the new stuff.
Of course, a questions on all of our minds, will Eve 6 ever make music together again?
I honestly can't say. If we do it won't be for a while. We're all very
invested in our current projects.