Nashville band Useless Eaters is the brainchild of 22 year-old Memphis native Seth Sutton. Seth is largely a self-taught musician and Useless Eaters is, for the most part, a solo project with Seth bringing on additional musicians as needed for touring purposes. His latest album, Hypertension, runs the emotional gamut from angry, distressed, turned-on, to disaffected. Useless Eaters in currently on tour. Seth was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Rock Rock.
Q: I read that you grew up, in part, in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. Were you a military kid?
A: I only lived there for a short time on a military base and also in a village. My dad was in the Air Force.
Q: What was that like for you?
A: It was fine…. Probably should have stayed in Europe!
Q: Where did the name “Useless Eaters” come from?
A: It’s the name of an album by an old Texas punk band called the Vomit Pigs.
Q: The song “Black Night Ultraviolet” on the new album really stands out to me. Is there a story behind it?
A: It’s about meeting someone for the first time and falling in love with them instantly and so intensely that you just got to have a taste.
Q: Would you say you’re a ladies’ man?
A: I would say I’m more of a lover than a ladies’ man.
Q: What is Vertical Africa?
A: Vertical Africa is a place that doesn’t exist but you can go there if people are harassing your buzz.
Q: If you HAD to collaborate with any other musician, living or dead, who would it be? And why?
A: It would probably have to be a Timmy Vulgar or Arthur Lee
Q: What does rock and roll mean to you…
A: Rock and roll is music for rambling gambling sons of bitches. Cheers!
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