IT'S difficult to pin down Savannah’s Street Clothes; even band leader Andy Sutphen takes his time in phrasing their sound. Seeking inspiration from eclectic bands like Blondie and The Clash, Sutphen and company aren’t afraid to blur genre lines, dipping into country, reggae, and punk rock.
“I like bands that are really eclectic,” Sutphen explains. “If you listen to London Calling, there’s a punk song, there’s a reggae song, there’s almost disco songs. And Blondie, especially—they just didn’t care. When they did it, they did it right. My plan was to kind of just rip off everybody, to do a dance song, a punk song, all this stuff, so when you see our show, it kind of makes sense at the end of it.”
Perhaps more important than a sense of style is the fervor of a Street Clothes performance—the six-piece wants you to dance, and they’re gonna lead by example.
“At the end of the show, I’m sweating, out of breath, writhing around on the floor,” Sutphen laughs. “I just want to put on a badass show. I want it to be a spectacle.”
Pre-Street Clothes, Sutphen was composing for a budding project, Country Feedback. While things didn’t quite work out the way he planned, he started trying out his original material at The Wormhole’s open mic night. Through late-night jams and mingling with other artists, Street Clothes was born and raised on the neighborhood bar’s stage.
“We started at The Wormhole and pretty much stayed there,” Sutphen explains. “We’ve never played anywhere but there. We’d go up and they’d let us do whatever we wanted—without the Wormhole, we wouldn’t be a band.”
Monday’s show is the young band’s first off their home turf, and they’re looking forward to venturing into the downtown bar scene. Expect to see more of them around in the coming months: they’ll head into Dollhouse Studios in August to record a full-length LP.
ESP (Emo Side Project) and SeaKings are touring through from the Midwest. ESP’s name says it all: if you like sensitive bedroom emo, you’ll dig it. SeaKings blend early emo influences with power-pop fervor, occasional jazzy/mathy guitar explorations, and vocals that sound so much like The Menzingers at times, it’s scary.
Savannah’s Broken Glow is always a great show for fans of straight-up, high-in-protein rock ‘n’ roll. All in all, a fine way to carry the weekend’s energy into the work week.