So Sure’s debut digital EP on MPress Records, Caffeine Drip was released earlier in July. Featuring Sean and Brendan Kelly from A Fragile Tomorrow, and drummer Kyle Polk (The Explorers Club), So Sure has committed to donate 100% of the proceeds from the EP to the ACLU to aid in their advocacy efforts to demand an end to racial injustice and police brutality. So Sure spoke with The Fountain about the EP and their plans for 2020.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Caffeine Drip?
The reception has been great! The three of us have been wanting to make music like this together for a while as it’s pretty different from each of our main projects, and we’d like to think our excitement comes through in the recordings. So far it seems like people are picking up on that! People who are fans of shoegaze and dream pop seem to really understand what we were going for and appreciate our take on the genres, which has been cool to see. We’re also pretty active in the guitar gear community and have gotten a great response from people who are just as nerdy about guitar effects as we are, and enjoy hearing our approach to effects on this record.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Caffeine Drip is a hazy, fuzzy, and sometimes aggressive modern take on shoegaze and dream pop, with songs that touch on the anxieties of living in a country where the government is failing its people.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences with this record?
Bands like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Swervedriver, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Yo La Tengo, New Order, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Lilys, Cranes, and Chapterhouse all come to mind. We had a huge playlist that we all added songs to for inspiration while working on the EP, with music from all of those artists, plus lots of others. In particular, we were really influenced by the psychedelic walls of sound and gentle vocals of My Bloody Valentine, the spaciousness of Slowdive, and the pop sensibility of Ride. Those bands are sort of considered the ‘Big Three’ of shoegaze, and they’ve definitely laid the groundwork for what a modern take on the genre can be. We were also very influenced by bands like The Cure and New Order, particularly in the way they utilize their rhythm sections.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?
We’re planning to continue writing some music and thinking about what’s next! Sean and I will be getting back to work on a record with our other band, A Fragile Tomorrow, but we’ll still be thinking about and writing for future So Sure projects. We’d really like to take some time to figure out how to expand on what we did on the Caffeine Drip EP. There are certain musical ideas we know we want to take even further and there’s lots of new territory that we want to explore! The three of us really love making music together, so we know for sure that there will be more. And once it’s safe again, we’re really hoping to finally play some live shows! The fact that this EP was written and recorded in three different states really makes us want to play this stuff in a room together, so we really hope that that can happen sooner than later.