Introduce yourselves- where are you from and who plays what?
Waiting for Susan are Chris Collins on vocals/guitar, Rach Collins on violin/vocals and Ian Pritchard on mandolin/vocals. We’re a family band (Chris and Rach are Ian’s stepkids) from the small town of Hednesford in Staffordshire. The band came together by accident. Chris was always singing something on his guitar around the house and Ian started to join in with the harmonies. Ian was teaching himself mandolin at the time and picked it up to play along. Rach is a classically trained violinist and easily the best musician in the band. Chris and Ian encouraged her to join in with them and the rest is history.
Describe your sound and lyric style
Our instrumentation naturally gives us a very folky feel, but the music itself is pure, upbeat pop. We interweave the violin and mandolin with three part harmony throughout, resulting in a sound that’s entirely our own. We didn’t really know how this would be received – we’ve never really seen or heard anyone else do this in the same way before – but we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction we continue to receive. I think it’s just something brand new, and people love to hear something different.
Who are your main influences? What else inspires you?
Our influences are eclectic to say the least. All of the band members are big fans of Ben Folds, and I think his style of writing upbeat, story-driven songs is echoed in what we do, even if it’s an entirely different sound. Musically, Ian grew up on a steady diet of The Wonder Stuff, which is why he bought a mandolin in the first place, and echoes of this can be heard in the songs he writes. A glance at our covers set list will show you that we have a diverse array of influences – in the end I think we all just like a good tune. At the moment in the car on the way to gigs you will find Everything Everything in the CD player.
What are you working on now?
We’ve just finished our debut EP ‘People’ and we’re playing lots of gigs to promote it. At the same time we’re continuing to write more material which will contribute to an album that we hope to record in the coming year.
Are you touring now? When/where?
I think the life of an unsigned band trying to gain recognition is one constant tour. We play several times a week, mainly (but not exclusively) in the midlands. We’re always looking to branch out and share our music with a new audience though so if you’d like us to play at your place, wherever that may be, get in touch!
What can people expect at your live gigs?
Playing live is where we shine. Expect a heady mix of our own songs and a huge range of covers – including The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Swedish House Mafia and Mumford and Sons. We make every song our own (we have to with our instruments!) and you can expect energy and harmony throughout. It’s a truly musical experience.
Where can people check out your music?
Our Facebook fans always hear our music first and for free, so head to facebook.com/waitingforsusan if you want to listen to our original material and covers alike (scroll back through the timeline for the original stuff).
Alternatively we’re on SoundCloud (soundcloud.com/waitingforsusan) where you’ll find a few of the songs we cover.
Our EP ‘People’ is available on digital download from all the usual sources or on CD for the old school amongst you from waitingforsusan.com/people where you can also get samples of the EP and all the lyrics to the songs.
If you like it please leave us a message on Facebook or drop us a line and let us know!