What made you decide to start the band?

A collective deep and profound love of music, to keep us out of mishap & utter bitter loneliness. 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

Alannah is the vocalist, Tom (Bottle) guitarist, Sam is the drummer, Stu is our synth wizard and Chris slaps bass. We formed around 2010- with founding members Bottle, Sam, Stu and Dean (the former singer)- as a blues band, but ended up taking some time off when Bottles partner had 2 kids. Around 2015 we got the band back together but Stu was in charge of bass. Stu left the band for a short while and we had a few bassists step in and eventually Chris landed. In 2019 Stu re-joined and jumped on the synths and the former singer and 2nd guitarist, Dean left. Later that year Alannah joined us as our new singer, and a new era of San Ped began! 

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

-You don’t know what other people are going through so always try and be kind, 

-Always carry an extra pair of gloves and some lubricant

-tell the truth, or at least don’t lie

-perception is everything, everything is a perception

-You can’t always control the situation, but you can control your response

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?

Solus – Bonnacons Of Doom 

Take Control – The Mysterines

Deep Blue Skies- The Vryll Society 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Pete Price is deffo a lizard.

Birds aren’t real 

Pizza is sentient

Hedgehogs use mind control

New world order in full swing

What useless party trick / talent do you have/? 

Chris can stand on one leg, pat my head and beatbox

Bottle can play guitar

Sam will blitz ya dishes rapid

Alannah can actually coil a lead correctly

Stu can go days without looking at his phone (just call if you need him)

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Performing at Jimmy’s Liverpool supporting Psyence, additionally supporting The Telescopes on tour in Liverpool also at Jimmy’s. Personally, Chris mentioned playing the cavern when he was 21 with Red Fiction, and for Alannah when she played the Wirral Earth Festival. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

We played a gig a while back, mentioning no names or places out of respect for the venue and promoter, but the band couldn’t hear anything through the monitors, so the whole show was sloppy. We nearly got kicked off the stage for running over and had to cut our set short.

Some of us usually enjoy the awkwardness of a good train-wreck but some gigs really get gut churningly embarrassing.  

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Bottle doesn’t exist.

Chris is a reincarnated Oak tree. 

Sam has starred in 18 Pantene shampoo adverts

Stu won the World Poker Series aged 4 ¾ 

Alannah is a better bassist than Chris

Tell us a funny story from backstage? 

when we invited half our mates and they attempted to hot box the _green_ room. In their defence the show got pushed back over an hour and people got bored…)

If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?

Music for spaceship elevators 

Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?

The PA system, wants to be the star of the show!  But probably bottle. 

Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun) 

She’s got a gun, I couldn’t possibly say! 

You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first? 

Sam. All day. He would write them an email with such eloquence and disappointment, explaining how they’re wrong, they would let us within the hour & give us a lift home.  

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

Vox – Aretha Franklin/Paul Rodgers 

Bass – Geezer Butler/Gary Thain

Rhythm Guitar – Peter Green 

Lead Guitar – David Gilmour/Joe Bonamassa

Keys – Ray Manzarek/ Steve Winwood

Drums- Ginger Baker

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

Spotify paying us less than a penny per stream & 

Freedom being stripped from human beings across the globe.

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

The time we were all chilling in Sam’s garden. We had ate some pizza, had a few beers and went to the garden to light a fire and shoot the shit. Now the thing is this all seems normal but Bottle has a, putting lightly, a nasty reaction to cheese…

And with his back to fire proceeds to rip the gnarliest fart that’s ever been ripped. This made the fire almost blow up and set him alight. Fun times. 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

The Nerve Centre from our last EP Subconscious Reflection. Moody track.

I hear you have a new EP brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Yes! ‘Elysium’ which is available from the 18th March to stream and you can purchase the short run 12″ vinyl from Loominance Records Big Cartel page. 

Talk me through the thought process of the EP. 

We really wanted to do it right after how successful it’s predecessor ’Subconscious Reflection’ was. We figured we hadn’t covered everything we wanted to on that topic so a direct follow up concept was the way to go. We sorta think of this as the 2nd part to SubRef. The songs were mostly written on the synth whilst we all took a few months out over Christmas to do what we needed to do. Once Stu brought his pieces in we had set the tone for how it was gonna be, moody af. There’s a bit of a sombre undertone to this one, and although that might not be initially what we were going for, we think it really fits the time and place we were at not just as a band, but worldwide – The idea behind it isn’t just implementation of lessons from plant medicines, but how they can be challenging and how really all of that is just mirroring normal every day to day life. There’s challenges everywhere and we have to face them head on, this shit ain’t easy. But we’ve got you covered.

What was the recording process like?

We only popped in for a brew and suddenly there were instruments in our hands. Seriously though, we did it at 3rd Planet Recording Studios with Jose Ibanez and he honestly makes it feel that easy. We went in there and he had everything set up good to go, even the kettle boiled. We start by tracking the rhythm section in a live run until we’re happy with the foundation, then layer everything else on top – the cherry always being the vox takes. A few tweaks and layers here and there and away you go. It’s really cool to hear it back properly for the first time, you start to form new ideas on bits to chop and change as you’re hearing it back. We do pretty well to smash four tracks out in two days so although it’s super fun and chill, it’s all business.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?

We learnt as a band to communicate better and to make sure we were all in a good place mentally, emotionally and musically. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Perhaps another few minutes of guitar noodling, just for the fun of it. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Gigs gigs gigs. Maybe an album will be brewing in the future.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Don’t let the bastard’s grind you down. Turn off the news, or at least question it.

Oh, and our latest EP Elysium is landing for digital stream and purchase on the 18th of this month. We have just landed a super hot 12” limited run Vinyl with Loominance Records, it’s on presale and you should go grab a copy rapid BUY HERE