All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.
Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.
S1UGS @ the Observatory, 6/2, 9:30 pm
Where are you from and how did this project come together?
I live in Seattle but S1UGS was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. I moved there and had no friends or people to play with, so I just bought a drum machine for $100 CAD and started trying to write Ramones songs on synth and drum machine and S1UGS was what happened. But I didn’t have confidence, or the darkness that became part of my sound until my life in Canada fell apart at the beginning of 2016. I moved to Spokane where my family lives to get my life back together and just threw myself into S1UGS 100 percent. So you could say Spokane is where S1UGS really became real.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
My favorite song to play right now is “People Change,” which I wrote for Volume Festival 2016. I just like how the slow, lazy bass-line contrasts with the rapid-fire drums.
What goes into the making of a great setlist?
For me, a LOT. I make a new and unique set for every show. Each set is a mixtape, with samples during and in between songs that give it a flow, and I’m able to be a lot more conceptual with it. I let the anticipation for the show inspire me. What kind of bands I’m playing with and the venue we are playing heavily influence what the set turns out like. I include pop-culture samples as well as field recordings from my life to color the songs and the spaces in between.
While at Volume, who are you most excited to see perform?
Lithics from Portland are fantastic, and I’m lucky enough to be playing a show with them! I’m also totally gaga for Peru Resh and Local Pavlov. I’m excited to see how they have grown and the new songs they have since I last saw them on Halloween.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording, touring?
I’m releasing a tape for this year’s Volume Festival called Volume 2. I released a tape for Volume 2016, a tape for Halloween, and this tape makes three albums in a year’s time. That’s two and a half hours worth of two-minute punk songs! What is wrong with me?!? Also, I’m stoked to play Camp Daze in Montana in July.
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