Save Ferris came stomping back into our lives with the Checkered Past EP in 2017, now they’re gearing up to release their first album in 20 years and they’ll be joining Less Than Jake and Goldfinger on this year’s Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour. We caught up with vocalist, Monique Powell, to discuss the influences behind the new record and what the future holds for Save Ferris.
On a scale of 1-10 how hyped are you for the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire tour this year?
A Spinal Tap 11
You hopped on stage with Goldfinger at Back To The Beach festival, could we see more of that on the Fireball tour?
It’s a surprise!! (But I’m hoping so).
Save Ferris and Goldfinger cover ‘Song 2’ by Blur at Back To The Beach Festival 2019
What is it about ska music do you think that’s kept the scene so lively over the years?
Ska, like punk, at some point turned into a “scene”, meaning there’s a way of dressing (Pork pies, Fred Perry’s, Doc Martens), a kind of dance (skanking) and a philosophy (racial unity), with a rich history, starting in Jamaica in the 1950’s which pre-dates reggae. Somehow, scenes that are inspired by a certain kind of music, though the music evolves, there’s something lasting that draws kids in. It’s a historic revolving door of teenage belonging.
You had a 10-year break, returning in 2013, what was it like getting back on stage and playing Save Ferris songs again? It must have been an emotional, but exciting experience?
You’re correct about that! There were so many reasons to bring the band back: I had a life changing surgery, a promise to my late dad.... but most importantly, our fans both old and new, were becoming more and more vocal about their desire to see us live. I was terrified but I realised quickly that performing is like riding a bike, it all came back to me as if no time had passed at all. The fans showed so much love and support, letting me know I made the right decision. Today my life has so much more purpose.
You released the Checkered Past EP in 2017, have you thought much about the follow-up? Are you writing much at the moment?
Writing TONS. It will be the first Save Ferris full-length release in 20 years! Big plans for 2020!
What are your main influences when it comes to song writing?
That’s a hard one because they change from day to day and the influences are vast. I take inspiration from everywhere, and not just music. My surroundings are rife with stuff to write about, i.e. other people’s experiences, modern and older music, colours, seasons, personal experiences...
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
What advice would you give to the competition winners on this year’s tour?
If you want a lasting career, you must be the best. Making music is a career that you can have if you treat it like a career and not an afterthought or an excuse to have a good time. Additionally, and I’ve learned this from experience, remember to BE PRESENT. You’re living an incredible dream of being a paid artist... relish it!
What do you hope the future holds for Save Ferris?
Great new music that can stand the test of time and inspire to some degree, and a live show that continues to evolve into experiences for our fans that will create lasting memories for them.
Fancy seeing Save Ferris along with Less Than Jake, Goldfinger and more? Get your tickets to the Fireball - Fuelling The Fire Tour 2019 now:
O2 Academy Sheffield: Thursday 19 September Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Leeds: Friday 20 September Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 21 September Buy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester: Monday 23 September Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Tuesday 24 September Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Glasgow: Wednesday 25 September Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 27 September Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Brixton: Saturday 28 September Buy Tickets
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