The London Suede (Photo by Dean Chalkey)
Britpoppers know them as simply Suede, but in the United States Brett Anderson and company are often known as The London Suede. The iconic outfit, often credited as being the first “Britpop band,” released a new album, Autofiction, via BMG in September.
And now Suede have teamed with Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers for a co-headlining tour that stops at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, Nov. 18!
“Autofiction has a natural freshness, it’s where we want to be,” Brett said. And where The London Suede want to be is, in a way, the same place as they were when they began 30 years ago — a group of people living off the raw sensation of creating music together in a room.
In a move that recalled their most formative years, the writing process saw The London Suede becoming like a new band again — lugging their own gear to a Kings Cross rehearsal space, collecting a key, setting up, and starting to play. Later recording live at Konk studios in North London, The London Suede teamed with long-time collaborator Ed Buller. Ed first worked with the band producing their debut single “The Drowners,” which sees its 30th anniversary this year.
The London Suede’s aim was to create an album capturing the unique power and energy that exists between the band and their audience at gigs. A theme that’s resonated since the day they announced Autofiction, debuting the bold opening track “She Still Leads Me On” live on stage at a surprise performance in Brussels that was live streamed for fans.
Watch Suede perform “She Still Leads Me On” live for Later with Jools Holland on YouTube:
The London Suede recently released a companion piece to the new album with their first short film production, Autofiction: A Short Film. Directed by Katie Lambert (MrMr Films) and created in collaboration with The London Suede, the production was described as “essential and immediate” by AnOther Magazine, and explores the complexities of memory, the perceived truth, communication and anxiety in human relationships. Themes at the core of The London Suede’s new album, which, as its title suggests, is one of Brett Anderson’s most personal records yet.
The London Suede
Manic Street Preachers
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Friday, Nov. 18
Doors @ 7pm
$49.50 GA/ $97 Balcony