“Jennifer Rush has a lot to contribute to music”
And so begins my chat with chief SOS man Neil, who, it seems, has a rather bizarre taste in music and daren’t tell me who influenced the band.
“No-one can really put their finger on it. People have said we sound like The Clash, Hawkwind or even Pink Floyd, but I’m not telling you who I listen to when I’m trying to write music.”
After much encouragement it slips out, but threats of physical violence abound if said bands name is printed, Shame, it’s not as if Bauhaus are that terrible.
The mid-90s and the country is not only going down the pan it’s half way round the S-bend. Neil agrees and adds a cautionary tale to aspiring young men.
“I think everyone’s fed up with the way this country is being run really, but we try not to get too heavy or political with our lyrics. There’s no point in shouting ‘Fuck the government’ in every song, because it’s a little too obvious and insults the audience to a degree.”
So what is the SOS stance on the Criminal Justice Act? Does Neil think it will ever be overthrown by public pressure?
“I think it’ll probably stay” he says morosely, “Even if a Labour government came to power I don’t think it will be abolished. They didn’t put up much of a fight this time, so why should they if they were in power?”
Enough of this heavy political analysing, Neil’s tired and doesn’t need it, but what kind of year was 1994 for the band?
“We tend to take it easy really. None of us really enjoy playing live that much because it becomes boring, but it was a good year I suppose, and I suppose we’ve been fairly busy.”
SOS are certainly powerful song-writers, but they’re not exactly ground breaking, does Neil see the band as a part of any particular movement or genre?
“Not really”, he muses, “We’ve met people who’ve said we sound like Henry Rollins meets Hawkwind, or Emerson Lake & Palmer meets the Sex Pistols, but we’re not a political band, we don’t want that tag hanging around our necks.”
Commercial success is a thing which could come Sons of Selina’s way, they’re not a band devoid of any foot tapping stompers. I ask Neil if he is bothered by lack of commercial success or yet?
“If it came my way I wouldn’t mind the money!” he jokes, “But I wouldn’t fancy seeing myself on the cover of loads of magazines. We wouldn’t sell out in any way either. Our record company (Delerium) weren’t too happy with the B side on our first single because it wasn’t commercial enough, but we thought ‘fuck it, it’s only a B side, we should be allowed to do what we want'”
So what of the future?
“Well, we’re touring with Porcupine Tree in January, and playing a few dates in Holland. We’ve got loads more dates across Europe and, rather strangely, one in Milan, but we don’t know if we’re gonna do that yet because it’s so far away. We’ve got a new single out in February called “Terminus”. We’re also going to record a second album for Delerium, but that probably won’t see the light of day until 1996.
But enough of this free advertising because Sons of Selina deserve to be taken at face value alone. Let them help you out one day. (Stevern White)