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Surviving Savannah, hey? When I was young Savannah was a dodgy Dallas rip off, assuming you’re not referring to that with the name? Where does it come from?

Haha, no! It’s taken from the novel ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ by John Berendt. It’s just one of those books that really struck a chord; even though it’s based in Savannah, Georgia.

South Yorkshire has a pretty good music scene – why do you think that is and what other local acts do you rate?

It’s a really impressive scene and it’s insanely diverse. I think everyone’s aware of the success stories that have come out of South Yorkshire over the last few decades. However, there’s some really good bands doing the rounds at the moment like While She Sleeps, Great Deeds, Wet Nuns, Firegarden… there’s so many at the moment it’s unreal.

What’s been the highlight of your musical journey to-date?

Being chosen to play at the Tramlines Festival this year was quite a highlight. It’s a festival that literally encompasses every venue and in fact every free space in the heart of Sheffield.

How did the Bristol gig come about and have you played down here before? What are you most looking forward to?

One of our friends mentioned that the event was happening and asked if we’d be interested in playing. We’ve never played in Bristol and I think we’re all really looking forward to it for that reason. Especially as Bristol has gained such a name as being a great place to play.

The event you’re playing is called Rock 4 Life. If you could pick one rock song to sum up your life, what would it be and why?

Argh… every song I’ve ever heard has now decided to start swimming around my head! I’m sure the guys would all pick different songs to me and to be honest I’d probably pick something else if you ask me the same question tomorrow; but I think it would have to be Thrice’s ‘Stare at the Sun’. I love their lyrics and they always hit home with me. I’m sure everybody thinks their ‘due a miracle’ every now and again!

What next for Surviving Savannah?

We’re getting ready to announce a small tour this Autumn/Winter. So hopefully we’ll be heading back down to Bristol before long.

Catch Surviving Savannah on Saturday September 15 at Rock 4 Life, a two day gig at The Thunderbolt – in aid of Bristol Samaritans. Other acts include The Murder Scene, Rita Lynch, 18 Up in One. Entry £4adv More info at http://www.thethunderbolt.net/whatson.ihtml