That's so Suede

That's so Suede
COMEBACK: (From left) Richard Oakes, Mat Osman, Brett Anderson, Simon Gilbert, Neil Codling of UK band Suede.

Brimming with self-confidence, Suede frontman Brett Anderson says: "We do what we do very well."

The rock star was at home in London, talking to LOUD over the phone about why Suede's big comeback this year was such a hit.

"Suede has got a very strong identity, so Suede albums need to sound like Suede albums, not an ambient album."

A pat on his own back followed by a dig at an old album, 1999's Head Music?

No one can say the 45-year-old isn't honest. After a decade away from the scene, the UK rock band behind the hit Beautiful Ones, returned with an album in March which was as feisty as their best stuff.

Aptly called Bloodsports, it had none of that "old band getting mellow" stuff.

The group managed to sound exactly like their 90s selves, before they veered into mellow territory (Head Music) and the flat, poppy music of 2002's A New Morning, whose critical and commercial failure drove Suede to break up the following year.

The five-man band, which also includes bassist Mat Osman, guitarists Richard Oakes and Neil Codling and drummer Simon Gilbert - will be in town to play at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, at Resorts World Sentosa later this month.

When Suede slip in new tunes like It Starts And Ends With You or Sabotage in their set, you'll wonder if the tracks are from their best-loved albums Coming Up (1996) or Dog Man Star (1994).

In typical Anderson fashion, he matter-of-factly said that the band was "not surprised" by the positive response to Bloodsports.


"We worked very hard at making it good.

"I think we just wanted to make the album with no fillers, just bang, bang, bang... That's what music is, a collection of great songs. There's no great mystery to it."

There is no drama, either, in Suede's comeback story.

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