Well at the moment...
Tim Sullivan: Guitars keyboards
Simon Chardiet: Bass
Seth Lipscher: Guitar
Drums: Sammy Baker and Tommy Matiliou
Feature for July 2013
The Supertones revisited
Genre: Surf (formerly Surf / Surfabilly)
Geographical Area: NYC
Interview with: Tim Sullivan by email on 6/25/13
Last Interview date: 10/24/04
Band formed: 1988
NESMA member since: 2003
2a. If so, what process did you use to deal with the change in the line-up?
We have been really lucky because the replacement guys were old friends who are & were big fans of the Supertones and surf music, so they "got it" - the sound and what we were all about, and it was BIG plus that they were all pros.
2b. Did the change in line-up affect your sound or the direction the band was moving in?
Yes, a little - I think with our drummer Sammy he added that extra something that makes it happen - like "boom", you know what I mean...like boom booom booooom!
3. Since your last interview has your music taken on new or different directions? If so, how?
No, just more new material - we have on our playing set list about 62 tunes in all so we can play for three hours straight...
4. What NESMA bands have you had an opportunity to perform with, or share a show with?
Probably most of them.
5. What bands of any genre have you played with or networked with?
6. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
I would say about 50/50.
6a. Has this changed since your last interview? If so, how?
About the same - love playing all the old stuff, it's just a lot of fun to learn and play.
7. What recording have you done since your last interview?
8. Where does your band typically practice?
At my place about once a week.
9. What does your band typically wear for a performance?
We used to wear sharkskin suits and still do sometimes, but it mostly depends on the gig as to what we wear.
Yes, alot of the time we have an extra rhythm guitar, sometimes a sax, and go-go dancers.
Word of mouth...
On average, about once a month. This month, which is June, and July we do about one a week, and when we do small tours we can do 3 shows in 3 days, etc.
13. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool youíve used to further your bandís musical path?
Facebook is our biggest promotional tool right now, but we use them all to get
the word out.
14. Whatís the most interesting performance experience youíve had since your last interview?
15. What have you gotten out of being a NESMA member so far?
Well what is great about NESMA was getting to know Mike & Sandy and everyone else. We have been having way too much fun and lots of love from you guys - just great people. I think you guys set the precedent on the surf music scene all over the world on how it is done.
16. Have you had opportunities to promote NESMA? If so, what have you done?
All the time spreading the word...
17. Do you have any suggestion on how NESMA can grow?
Maybe a FB fan page (we do have a NESMA FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/NESMASurf/143658839048599 - ed.)
18. Anything else?
Much love and respect to you (at NESMA HQ) - Sandy and my fellow surfer and guitarist Mike; luv you guys. Cheers!