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GETTING SONIC WITH SUEDE

At Sonic Attack, members of the '90s British alternative rock chat about their reunion



After more than a decade, Britpop pioneers Suede were back in Bangkok on Saturday, rocking fans at the one-day music fest, "Sonic Attack: '90s the Best".

The energetic quintet rocked the crowd with classic hits "We are the Pigs", "Trash", "Animal Nitrate", "Filmstar", "She", "The Drowners", "Can't Get Enough", "Everything Will Flow", "So Young", "Beautiful Ones", "The Wild Ones" and capped off the 60-minute show with "Saturday Night".

Many fans left the concert disappointed as several other hits were skipped, among them hot favourites "She's in Fashion", "Positivity" and "Stay Together", but most were happy to see the band back on stage and reminisce the '90s music.

We had a few minutes with bassist Mat Osman and keyboardist Neil Codling backstage.

How does it feel to be back?

Osman: It's been a long time. We managed to come to Japan and Singapore last year, and finally we're back here again in Bangkok. It feels quite strange, but it's great to be back after such a long time. Thank you for waiting for us.

What made you decide to tour again after that gig for the 2010 Teenage Cancer Trust, which was supposed to be a one-off show?

Codling: It went down so well and we enjoyed it a lot. So we just carried on and performed together. It's been two and a half years now I think.

Osman: Yeah, it's just because we really enjoyed it. I don't think any of us had any idea of how it was going to be. I didn't know if anyone would come, or if they would enjoy it. I didn't even know we'd enjoy it. But we never said no, you know. Even at the very last gig, we said we'll do something again at some point. There was something about that gig and, of course, the Royal Albert Hall was such a special place for us. It just felt right.

Do you have a new album planned?

Osman: Neil has just come up with new material today, in his hotel room.

Codling: We just wrote a song today, about Bangkok. It's a good use of modern day technology that you can take computer and work as you tour. We've got most of the new album done, and we'll finish it hopefully in a couple of months.

Would the old Suede fans enjoy it?

Osman: Let's hope so. You know, it sounds like a Suede album to me. It's a weird thing that when you've been doing this for 10 or 15 years, all you want to do is records that don't sound like Suede. And when you had 10 years waiting, you want to a record that does sound like Suede. It's recognisable as Suede record. It's quite nicely put together.

It's been 10 years. Do you feel the pressure?

Osman: It seems opposite to me. If there's a word for good expectation then that's what you get. It's more of an inspiration, really. Knowing that people want to hear it is a good thing, and that's inspirational. I think it's much worse if no one's interested. That would be pressure!

Codling: We've just been touring around playing old songs and we can't wait to play new things.

The music scene has changed a lot during the last decade. Any pressure to keep up or fit in?

Osman: We've always been lucky, and we've always done our own thing. Sometimes that makes us intently in fashion, and sometimes we're completely out of fashion. But we're not following anyone. The scene now is really healthy, but we're not trying to compete with other bands.


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