Interview: Super American Talk New Album

Super American recently released Tequila Sunrise. I highly recommend checking it out, which you can do over on Bandcamp. Pat Feeley took some time to answer our questions about the album, the Buffalo music scene, and more. Give it a read below.

When did you first start working on Tequila Sunrise?

We didn’t know it at the time, but we started it the first day we ever worked on music together. It was March of 2016, I believe. The final product didn’t come to fruition until we started putting the pieces together earlier this year.  Matt’s songs span a great length of time probably dating back to 2015. Mine were all written last year except for “Commitment Issues,” which we finished right before we went into the studio. When we found out the record was a go (we had a budget) we began demoing out all of our ideas and trying to fit them into one piece of work, Tequila Sunrise. The final versions are all closely derived from the demos we did prior.

What was the writing and recording process like?

There was no particular writing “process” for this record as it basically spanned our entire existence as a “band.” When we were inspired we would make something and share it with one another. Add to it. Subtract from it.  Work it from there. The recording process was unique because we had demos of all the songs — that we liked. So we were trying to preserve that energy while adding quality and weight to the recording.

If you could describe this album in one sentence, what would it be?

Nice to meet you.

Now that the album has been out for a little while, how does it feel to have it out in the world?

It feels weird. I felt amazing the first night and day. Very thankful for all of the positive things people were saying and the support of our friends, followers, etc. I was proud that we were able to see it through. Now I really just want to make something better.

Being from Buffalo, NY, what is the local scene like there?

I love my city.  Sometimes we eat each other alive instead of showing love, but it’s a small town and the sun doesn’t come out for six straight months.  It takes great leaders to really set a positive and inclusive tone for a scene to grow and thrive, so hopefully we will set a good example.  There are a lot of talented and passionate people.  Nothing energizes me like going to a show and seeing someone express themselves.

Do you find yourselves heading out to NYC often to play the wide variety of venues there?

We’re almost 7 hours away from NYC, but have have played there a few times. It’s a trip! Cleveland, OH is honestly more like our second home. (Sorry!)

Is there a venue in NY that you hope to play one day? How about outside of your home state?

We don’t discriminate. I want to start playing anywhere someone might know a couple of our songs.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

Exploring new ways to express myself.  Learning!  Doing my laundry more often. Improving my fitness and attitude. :)))

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. Where can our readers keep up with Super American?

@supamerican on Twitter / Instagram. Thanks for having me.