A four piece from Widnes, SYFTA arrived on the scene in late 2019, arising from the ashes of former band Salvador. After a huge support slot with The K’s at the o2 Ritz in January they played a headline show at Night People, Manchester and Zanzibar, Liverpool, before trips to London and Bristol with The Reytons. With their new release “Don’t Matter” hitting Spotify this year – we had the chance to ask the guys a couple of questions.
Could you give us a bit of an introduction to the band?
We formed SYFTA at the end of September 2019. We had been known as Salvador for a few years, however, with a change in the lineup in the addition of Joe our drummer, we decided to leave Salvador behind and start fresh, writing new songs and rebranding ourselves.
Who would you say are your biggest musical inspirations?
We all have our individual inspirations and influences. Our lead guitarist Jake draws inspiration from Foals and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Olly, our bassist, is a fan of Blossoms and Glass Caves. Joe, our drummer treads more on the punk side with his love of IDLES and The Streets. Harry, the frontman and songwriter, takes inspiration from the likes of Jake Bugg and Jamie T.
When we’re all together working on songs we bring our own personal styles to the band and fuel our creativity.
Could you tell us a little bit about your journey as musicians? how long have you guys been together?
We officially formed as SYFTA in late 2019, ready for our support of The K’s at a sold-out O2 Ritz in Manchester. Before Joe joined the band, Harry, Olly and Jake has been performing as Salvador around Liverpool and the North West. We’ve all been involved with music for years individually, whether that be writing songs or learning our instrument from a young age, music is a huge part of all our lives.
So Don’t Matter is your latest single, could you tell us a little bit about your inspiration for the track?
Don’t Matter was a song born out of frustration. When you’re having a rough time or wound up, you can just strum it out on your guitar. Then by the time you’ve told yourself “it don’t matter” 50 times, you feel better again. Everyone deals with their frustrations in different ways and I don’t think anything beats going out on the town with your mates to distract yourself from the negativity. With one of the first lines being “You say you’re fine, I’m gonna tell you what’s on my mind. I’m afraid it’s cold, it’s cigarettes and beer bottles” it’s as if I was mid-argument and not listening to a word the person was saying, being past the point of caring where I just want to get out and have a good time!
What’s happened to Joe’s hair? (lol)
Our drummer, Joe, bet that when we released ‘Don’t Matter’ we wouldn’t get over 1000 streams in two days. It’s safe to say he was a bit shocked when it did and had to do his forfeit. So he went live on Instagram and shaved off his hair!
What can we expect to see from you in the next few months? Any more music in the pipeline?
We’re aiming to release another single by the end of May, we can’t go into too much detail but it’s one of our favourite songs we’ve done as a band, we’re really proud of it. So definitely follow our Spotify and social media’s to be the first to hear it!
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