Releasing their debut single, 'Scrubber', in March of this year, Supera Morza have quickly established themselves as a formidable up-and-coming act of the 2020s. 'Scrubber' was a scathing, brutal, and extremely necessary track; a beacon of mutual frustration towards the incompetence of our political leaders, and Supera Morza deliver it in an exhilarating fashion.
I had the chance to talk to them and discuss their music, the effects of pandemic, and their forthcoming song 'Roadkill', which is out on the 27th of August.
What would you say the key influences are for Supera Morza? Do they differ between each of you, and if so, what’s the process for integrating some of those ideas that each of you have?
Jack: Some key influences have definitely been some early 90s bands, like Pixies, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins. There’s so many influences, you know, you could just like, list bands forever. And I think the way we integrate them is just style and feeling, you know what I mean? It’s like, looking at all those bands and what they did, and learning their songs, and just soaking yourself in their music. Eventually it just worms its way into your life.
Finn: You don’t realise it, but when you’re writing stuff, someone will say, like, “Oh, that’s proper Pixies”, or “Oh, that’s proper Nirvana”, and you’ll think, like “Oh, I didn’t realise”, it’s just kinda subconscious.
Josh: You connect with the sound, don’t you? You connect with the sound, and it kind of influences your style and your writing.
You mentioned Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, and I heard a lot of that on your new single Roadkill. Do you guys have anything particular that you want to say about that upcoming track?
Josh: Yeah, we recorded that in a place in Warwickshire, which is not too far from Birmingham. We recorded with a guy called George Perks, who did a great job with it.
Harry: Yeah, we were really happy with how the recording came out; like it came out better than we thought it ever would be.
Jack: We’re like, two weeks away from the release now, so it’s obviously just like, getting more and more stuff done. Things are coming together, like, the music video’s filming on Sunday.
Finn: Lots of stuff’s going on behind the scenes. It’s a lot of work, but we just love keeping ourselves busy, especially with Roadkill. We’re buzzing to shoot this music video on Sunday, cause in reality it’s our first professional music video. I mean, we’ve done music videos before, but usually it’s just clips of us, or lyric videos and stuff like that. But we’re doing this with our manager’s son actually, who’s a videographer, and he works with quite a few well-known people, so he’s like proper professional; it’ll be really good.
Jack: Not just professional. Proper Professional *laughs*.
And have you guys have been playing together for a number of years before Supera Morza?
Jack: We were in another band before this for like, four years, which we played together in since school. And what we learnt was, like, don’t put out all your stuff at once.
Josh: Yeah, me, Jack, and Finn went to school together, and that’s where we pretty much started it. So it would have been like, 2015/2016 that we started to play gigs.
Finn: Yeah, our old bassist left because of musical disagreements, and then we got Harry in sometime around 2019. And it’s kind of like, we were that other band up until lockdown, and then we went into the studio after lockdown and recorded Scrubber. And we were working with a producer called Tate, at Madfox, who gave us so much advice; really good stuff. And we were like, well, we’ve been doing this for, fuckin what, four years? And obviously we’d not been taking it too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had goals and stuff, but this time we felt it was kind of time to pull our socks up.
Jack: Put our big boy pants on. *Laughs*
Finn: Yeah, we were like, if we’re gonna do this, let’s do it properly. So, we changed the name, had the rebrand, and got a bunch of new material and stuff. And that’s sort of where it came from.
Jack: I think as well, like, the world changed, so we changed. Everything changed; the fuckin pandemic, we all just changed feelings. So, our style changed with that.
Harry: I feel like that comes through in the music, too. You listen to Scrubber, and like, that was just made in response to it all.
Jack: And the rebrand was actually really successful, like, more than we imagined it being. We wrote Scrubber last year, which was a song that we wanted to do, but couldn’t rehearse, because no one was allowed out. So, we went to the studio around December and showed Tate. And I didn’t really think it’d be the first one we’d release, to be honest. But eventually we went to the studio and recorded it, and we got on 3 editorial playlists in the first week, which was just like, wow. We’d not even gotten on one playlist in the past.
Finn: We didn’t realise how big a deal it was. Like, people were coming to us saying, “How the hell did you do that?”
Josh: I look at our Spotify quite regularly, and we’re still in one of those playlists called Punk List, which is a regularly updated playlist, and luckily Scrubber’s still in it. Which is really good, cause it means people are still enjoying it.
Finn: Yeah, it was a good one to release. It definitely exceeded expectations. Especially getting a play on Gemma Bradley’s BBC introducing show. We got on 6 Music as well, with Tom Robinson, which was a massive privilege, cause he’s like the OG, innit. So, we’re just hoping to meet that same kind of level with Roadkill. We just hope people like it, to be honest. We poured our heart and soul into this one, like, big time. We really, really dedicated ourselves to it, so we’re looking forward a lot to the release.
And, with that track Scrubber, for people who haven’t heard it, how would you describe it and its themes?
Jack: A lyrical assault.
Finn: Of all the fuckin senses.
Jack: It’s really hard, and I don’t think there’s much stuff like it out
there in today’s age, if I’m honest.
Finn: It basically just calls Boris Johnson a cunt, without saying he’s
Harry: I think it helped that the subject matter was so specific. I
think everyone was just thinking the same thing.
Jack: And I just don’t think there were many songs being released
around that time that were like that, if I’m honest.
Josh: Yeah, it was such a relevant track, and it was the perfect one to start afresh; start as a new band and make a statement straight out of the gate. Its relevance was what made us release it at the beginning.
Absolutely. And I understand you guys are playing a gig tonight? Is this one of your very first shows since lockdown?
Finn: This is the first one. Since last February we’ve not played one.
Jack: Yeah, it’s exciting. We’re a bit nervous cause we’ve not been on stage in like, fuckin, a year and a half.
Josh: It’s nice to go back to normality a bit though.
Finn: Yeah, it feels a bit more normal. People are getting more confident going out with all the vaccines and stuff. A couple of us work in hospitality, and we’re starting to get a taste of normality; of what it was before, you know. People actually coming up to the bar, and walking around the restaurant. No more masks as well, that’s a big thing.
Jack: I was saying this not long ago, like, it kind of feels illegal now.
Finn: Yeah, sometimes it’s a habit now; like I can feel the fuckin elastic around my ear, and it’s like, “Oh wait, it’s not there!”.
You guys have been through a couple of lockdown periods at this point, right?
Josh: Yeah, when it started out I felt good, because I was getting paid to do nothing. The second time I was like, “This is a bit of a pisstake, this, it’s getting annoying now”. And then the third time, oh my god.
Finn: The first couple weeks of the first lockdown I was like “This is great! I can stay in my bedroom all the time; I can just play fuckin PlayStation all day”; it was a novelty! And then about the third week, I was like “Hmm. This isn’t really that good, is it? I’m stuck inside, I can only go for one fuckin walk a day, I don’t really like this.” And I think everyone kind of felt that at the same time. Everyone went from fuckin baking banana bread, to wanting to like, fuckin smash the door down. To say it was a shitshow was an understatement really. But we all gotta hand it to our NHS. Those doctors and nurses man, they work tirelessly. At the end of the day, compared to them working 12-hour shifts, seeing some horrific sights, it’s like, we didn’t really get it that bad.
Jack: And I think that’s who Scrubber was for; all the people that got done over in the pandemic.
And during the lockdowns, as you said, the novelty wore off extremely quickly, but it’s also been quite a productive period for some artists. Did you find that you were able to channel your creativity effectively throughout that period?
Jack: Yeah, so we all have the same computer program that we record on. So, I guess what we did was just try and get as many demos as we can. There was a couple of on-and-off rehearsals, but I think it was honestly just anger; that’s where this all started. An eagerness and hungriness to get back together, and like, just play again. Because the early stages of Supera Morza were really pure. Like, pure anger. No thinking about where we were gonna go, because there was nothing going on. You’ve got nothing else to think about, other than the tunes. So, it was just proper like, really angry tunes, and it was just really fucking cool.
Josh: We’ve been writing for just short of a year now, and with that same energy we’ve written about 12 songs. And they’ve all that feeling; cause they were written during the lockdown, so it just created so much focus through the music. It’s a lot different to what we’ve written before, I’ll put it that way.
Right, and we had Scrubber back in March, and now Roadkill is releasing towards the end of this month, on the 27th. From here, are there any plans to come out with an EP or an album sometime in the near future?
Finn: The plan is for another single, and then possibly an EP next year. But obviously there’s no guarantees, because the world’s kind of on its ass. Anything can happen.
Josh: It’s something we’ve thought about a lot recently. It’s something we’d love to do.
Jack: Fingers crossed for an EP!
Well, I’m excited to hear that when it comes! Hopefully nothing happens that could disrupt it!
Jack: That’s the thing though, isn’t it, it’s just that on-and-off behaviour of our government. They just can’t be honest; they can’t say what’s really going on; they just have to bullshit you all the time. We’ve got hope, though.
I just had a question about the band’s name as well. I did a quick google translate search, so I’m not sure how accurate this is, but it came up saying that “Supera Morza” was polish for “Super Sea”.
Josh: Polish for what? *laughs*
“Super Sea”, apparently!
Jack: Super Seed! Like a seed? I like that!
Josh: Nah, so we’re from Bolton, which is just outside Manchester. And the town has this coat of arms. And underneath that coat of arms it has this lightning phrase: Supera Moras. And I looked at that one day, around the time that we were thinking of a new name, and I saw that lightning phrase and thought, alright I’ll take that to these guys. Completely forgot what it said, and thought it said “Morza” at the end of it. And that just kind of stuck.
Finn: It’s Latin, I think it means something like “Above All” in Latin.
Josh: It means “Overcome Delays”.
Jack: Which actually, that’s really fucking relevant to the band.
Finn: Well, now it’s like, half gibberish.
Jack: I like that polish fuckin name, super seed!
Bolton's Coat of Arms
Is there anything else specific that you guys want to add to let people know about Supera Morza?
Harry: We’re sick as fuck. We’re just sick as fuck. *laughs*
Jack: We just want people to know about us, and just see that if there’s any fuckin anger, or anything you’ve got inside you, that you can release it with us, and we’ll all just have a really fucking good time.
Finn: We just wanna connect with as many people as possible. I suppose that’s any musician’s goal. That’s the whole point really; get our views out there, and it’s just a bonus if anyone else likes it, and wants to share it. It’s all about people interpreting it how they want to interpret it. Just share the love of music, you know what I mean?
Harry: And obviously the previous year in particular, everyone’s just more pissed off than ever.
Jack: Things are just getting a bit same on the radio as well. We just want to be something different, you know. Something a bit weird and different.
If you had an opportunity to open for any band, who would it be?
Harry: Frank Carter.
Jack: Yeah, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.
Finn: Gotta be Pixies for me, but I do like Frank Carter. Do you mean like, alive or dead?
Yeah, sure! Alive or dead! Absolutely anyone.
Josh: If it were someone around at the moment; Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes; but if it was like, a gig from the past, I would definitely go Nirvana, or Pixies. Again, Smashing Pumpkins, that would be great fun.
Harry: Alice in Chains mate.
Finn: Soundgarden! Just most of our influences really.
Harry: It goes on, we could list so many bands.
Finn: Oh, Rage against the machine! And Skepta!
Are there any particular songs that you guys would like to cover in the future, or are there any songs that you’ve loved to cover a lot during performances in the past?
Harry: Debaser by The Pixies.
Finn: Yeah, we covered Debaser by The Pixies, which is a fucking banger. I wish I wrote it. It’s fuckin sick, just full of energy. We’ve quite often done Breed by Nirvana as well. A new one that we think will go off is Territorial Pissings, just because it like, keeps that fucking momentum. It’s just a crazy fucking song. And we often finish out sets, if the mood is right, with playing shutdown by Skepta, which is originally a grime song.
Jack: I really wanna do Train in Vain by The Clash too!
Do you guys prefer being in the studio, or a live setting?
Jack: Being in the studio is fun, but it can get stressful. You can do two or three back-to-back days. And like, you’re having fun, but I think you’re mentally a bit fuckin over it.
Finn: And then there’s the waiting.
Jack: Yeah, waiting for the tracks to come back, and the masters. When you’re live, you’re just there, in the moment, with the band, playing and having a sick time.
Finn: Love gigs man. If I could, I’d play a gig every day.
Josh: Yeah, I’m eager to get back; so eager for the gig tonight.
Jack: Also, England gigs and festivals are unlike anywhere else in the world. Just like, creatures everywhere. Everyone’s on all sorts of substances, it’s just fucking mental. Like, America’s just tame compared to what we got going on over here. I’d love to do a festival gig. Cause like, it’s not only the gig; you’re there for the day and maybe the day after. It’d complete a little piece inside of me that needs filling.
And just to round this off, if each of you had to describe Roadkill in a few words, what would they be?
Harry: It’s just full-force and so fuckin sick. It’s really hard, and just a proper mosh song. One of those songs that you just wanna lose your shit to.
Finn: Like Harry said, just really hard-hitting. Absolutely shit splitting.
Jack: Hard hitting and shit splitting, you stole my answer. *Laughs* I agree with all three of these guys answers. It’s just fuckin insane. Production’s up here, feeling is up here, chaos is way up fucking here. Sick, amazing. I can’t wait to put it out.
The new single from Supera Morza: ‘Roadkill’, is out 27/08/21 – Presave it on Spotify with the link below!