SVA Interview SVA
Article By Cindy James on May 31, 2002

 
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Cindy: So what’s the current line-up of “SVA”?
Jeremy: SVA consists of the following:
(Me) Jeremy Harris (Lead vocals) (Harry)
Jason Flack (Lead Guitar and Backing Vox) (Flacky)
Simon Geddes (Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vox) (Wombat)
Adam Smith (Bass Guitar and Backing Vox) (Ads)
Corey Flack (Drums / Percussion) (Jugs)

Cindy: And where are you guys from?
Jeremy: The band originated in Perth however Jason and Corey are originally from NSW.

Cindy: When did you guys get together?
Jeremy: The band formed about 2 1/2 years ago however the line has changed twice in that time with the band changing it's front man, bass player and drummer. I have moved from drums to lead vox after firing the lead vox at the time, and Corey was brought in from NSW to drum.

Cindy: How did the band name come about?
Jeremy: The band's name was decided during Jason's and my lunch break when we were in the army. We noticed the abbreviation on a document and thought it would be a great name for a band.

Cindy: What style do you play?
Jeremy: Originally we were very orientated to pop rock with acoustic undertones, however with the lead vocals changing and the band maturing it has seen us move towards a main steam feel of commercial rock and roll. Dynamic guitar riffs and punchy bass lines with strong vocal lines and harmonies.

Cindy: And what would your greatest achievement as a band be?
I think the biggest achievement so far would be the production of our debut EP and album, it's launch and a sponsorship deal from Nando's Chicken. Equal with that was an invite from Nashville to showcase to the top 40 record companies in the USA last year.

Cindy: What would some of the musical influences behind “SVA” consist of?
Jeremy: The band is very diverse in its music and the philosophy that goes into the writing of the music. The band members listen to everything from old classics like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd to heavy metal, trance, dance and acoustic pop and rock. However there is a tendency to concentrate on the more commercial aspects of music. We certainly insist on keeping our individuality both as a band and separately but all the members of SVA are prone to write commercial material.

Cindy: Do you guys have any previous releases or future recording plans in sight?
Jeremy: SVA has recorded and released the following material.
"Eponymous" (I'll let you figure out what that means) was a 10 track album launch Oct 4th 2001.
"Hey How U Doin?" was our EP of 4 tracks but it has not officially been released. We are currently writing new material and plan to go into the recording studios later this year after we iron out the glitches. It is the intention to re record a few of the old tracks and plenty of new ones with my vocals on them as the old material has the last lead vocalist on them. It's not much good for us having old vocals on good tracks.

Cindy: What 3 bands have you played with in the past?
This Friday we line up with The Panics, Red Jezebel and Wilberforce. Previously we have worked with Things of Stone and Wood, (Perth band - now Melbourne based) Effigy and KingPin (who are about to head to the UK to play some festivals).

Cindy: What 3 bands would you like to play with in the future?
I'd love to line up with Grinspoon, Killing Heidi and Eskimo Joe. Grinspoon because they have a raw authenticity to them, Killing Heidi to catch up with drummer Adam (he and I went to school together) and Eskimo Joe because their sound is simple and sweet, just the way I like it.

Cindy: What was the last gig you went to?
I was lucky enough to catch Motor Ace with Cartman and Red Jezebel supporting last Friday at the Amplifier Bar. But my last gig I went to was my own. (grin)

Cindy: – C.D you bought?
Jeremy: I bought the Cd called "Glasses" from Hank, a Perth based band that has now unfortunately gone their separate ways. Great chill out music.

Cindy: Where do you see yourself in 12-18 months?
We are focussing on tightening and polishing our live performances at the moment due to the new inclusion of Adam. However the aim is to get into the studios and produce something that makes people stop and listen. From there SVA wants to tour the Eastern states as a prep for an assault on Europe late next year.

Cindy: O.K have you got any words to sum up “SVA”?
Jeremy: SVA were a band that started as a joke between 2 friends who worked together.
We went down the road of a cover band I'm not ashamed to admit it but we have since scrapped the cover shows and are now staying true to our roots. We are now a purely original band and don't it feel great!!!!
We have built that into a team of skilled musos who are willing to stick at it except with updating the website. With that we are LAZY!!! Sorry but one day we'll get our shit together.

Three words: Professionalism, Longevity and Fun loving (ok 5 words but whose counting).

Cindy: Thanks Jeremy