Originating in Brighton, Sit Down are feisty and aiming their fire armed garage raw punk weapons directly at you, and you bet you don't see it coming. Releasing their first single Brandine in November 2016, beautifully crafted menacing guitar riffs blew threw the speakers, shortly after Candy Bar was born with devilishly sickening sweet lyrics that wrap around your throat and guitar fuzz. Up to current single Teeth promising everything your dentist could have ever wanted. We have the privilege of them playing at our launch gig for our second EVER issue of Smashed Vinyl Magazine, along with Freak, The Cut Ups and White Hart so if you want to be seduced by some wonderful sweet music and beautiful articles written by Smashed Vinyl crew get yourselves down to Brightons Green Door Store on 11th July.
You’ve just released your new single ‘Teeth’, what was this inspired by?
Each of our songs are rooted in specific stories or experiences we've had, but this one is actually perhaps the most personal. It was written when both Greg and I were each individually going through some tough times and struggling to cope. I was particularly depressed and just couldn't find the energy to rehearse or play, which only made things worse, as that was like the last thing that was making me happy. All l could think and talk about was how miserable I was, but then it kind of hit me. If something is blocking your creative path, you've just gotta hit it head on to get through it. You can't ignore it or go round it - if it's the only thing you can say right now, then you just have to say it. So I was just completely honest: I'm trying to be a bigger man / but I just feel so small / I'm trying to feel better man / but I don't feel so strong...
Then the chorus came from facing up to these stupid horrible feelings of self-destruction that come with depression and just screaming them out in the most aggressive way possible so they're exorcised from your body. 'Cause then you realise no matter how much life throws at you, you're still alive and kicking, and you've gotta just grit you teeth and work through it, no matter how much you want to chuck it all in: Stick a knife between my ribcage / and I'll tell you how it tastes / Put the poison in my breakfast / and the cure just out of reach / but it's too hard to take it easy / so I grit my teeth
After we'd written it we found ourselves laughing at how emo and melodramatic it is, but deep down we knew it came from a very real place, and the fact that we could actually create something tangible and powerful out of these feelings of complete nothingness was unbelievably healing. So while on the surface it may seem the song is flippantly bandying about serious themes, I think those who need to hear it will look a little deeper and see what we're really saying.
Your lyrics make liberation, power and anger seep from inner desires, whats your favourite lyrics you have ever written and why?
Greg - Mine's probably in the chorus of a song we're just finishing now called 'Honeysucker' which is about those dull, phoney people who just hop on the bandwagon of an image or aesthetic to try and seem ~edgy~, when really they're just masking their total lack of substance: Cheap thriller / drink spiller / crashing in your Cadillac is never gonna kill ya / big talker / bottled water / crawling through the sand like a lamb to the slaughter
Katie - I think mine has to be in 'Teenage White Boy', another track about people who piss us off haha. The title is pretty self-explanatory, and I think my fav lyric is: If I speak you'll know / All tell, no show / So simmer down now because I never hear no / Play dirty you'll see / Then I just walk free / 'Cause it's a new age honey, and it's still about me
Who are you main influences?
Lurleen Lumpkin, Godchilla, The White Stripes, Dr Brinkley, Mac Demarco, Larry Sass-Ainsworth, Grace Mckagan, Skinny Milk, Ty Segall, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Polly Miles, Binchi Enchenzo, The Kills, The Garden, Oli Chapman, Waitrose, Deap Vally, Pissed Jeans, The Cramps, Nick Tosches, Post Animal, Sex Bob-Omb
You were featured in Bitchcraft Vol.1, where the money raised from purchases goes to Brighton’s women’s centre, who help empower women and children to improve their life chances and reduce inequalities, which is such an amazing cause that can get overlooked, how did it feel to know you were helping such a good cause? and what was your favourite track?
It was honestly one of the most fun things I've ever been a part of! Not only was it an incredible cause, but me and Polly (founder of Bitchcraft) stayed up multiple evenings at her place into the wee hours with red wine poster paint and glitter making all the album art and burning CD's. It was so much fun to be a part of something proper DIY and underground, created by powerful women across so many different fields. Just scrolling through the tracks and writing all their names on the back was incredibly inspiring. I think my favourite tracks on that compilation were probably Soda and Gin by Ms Thng, or Pretty Face by Yassassin.
Favourite show you have ever played and band you have ever played with?
We both agree that the best gig we ever played started out as the most stressful, and the one wanted to do least haha. It was during The Great Escape when we ended up playing two shows in one night, one at 8pm and the other at 4am. We were in high spirits til about 2 when we just completely crashed and Greg passed out on a beat up couch backstage in Sticky Mike's, while the promoter kept pushing our set further and further back as the other bands were going for some pretty gnarly solos. It was sunrise when we finally hit the stage to play what turned out to be the most ridiculous 15 mins of our lives. There were about 30 people left by this point, but it was ride or die by then. I've never seen so few people cause such utter carnage. We played everything at about double speed, while bodies were being thrown around, crowd barriers were yanked from the stage and our fingers bled onto our instruments. After that we walked home along the beach in broad daylight, and realised this is all we want to do forever.
As for our favourite band to play with, we've never met such wonderfully kind dudes who make the filthiest fuzz rock'n'roll as Jonny and Tim from Skinny Milk. We've had the honour of playing with them a few times and they never fail to blow us away.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I guess at some point we'll hopefully make a proper record, but for now we're just writing a bunch, gigging a lot and just generally having a pretty sweet time being sweaty nerds makin' sleazy tunes.
We are super excited to have you play at our launch! What have you got in store for us?
Well we've got that new song Honeysucker which we'll be debuting at the launch, and apart from that, I guess none of our instruments have burst into flames during a show yet, so that's still on the cards.