No you haven’t traveled back in time and you’re not seeing things. The Beatholes, a popular local alternative/rock band who played steadily between 1998 and 2005, are back in action.
The group, which consist of Ian Carter (vocals), Bradley Suggs (drums), Garrett Suggs (guitar) and Zach Williams (bass), will come together for the first time in more than a year for one of their occasional reunion shows.
The band will perform Friday night at Droopy's, 5201 N. Kings Highway, with Drew Jacobs & The Sauce and Christopher Paul Jones beginning at 9 p.m.
ListenUp sat down with Carter and Bradley Suggs recently to get a glimpse of what the local music scene was like a decade ago and to find what the band was all about.
Myrtle Beach Music: The Beatholes, clockwise from left, are: Garrett Suggs, Zach "Weazelpunk" Williams, Bradley Suggs and Ian Carter
How did you guys get together to form The Beatholes in the first place?
Ian: We got together in 1998. The last part of our senior year at Loris High School, me and Bradley started writing songs and went from there.
Bradley: Yeah, we started out as a three-piece and went through a bunch of members, shuffled back and forth for two or three years before in 2000-01 we got the lineup that we are now.
Ian: Yeah around then kinda became the staple lineup, us two, Zach on bass and Garrett who plays guitar.
How do you describe the band’s sound for people who may not have heard it the first time around?
Ian: I think it depends on where you normally listen to. If you’re listening to the radio, I might try to compare it to something like Weezer. There’s definitely some pop-punk vibe to it but also some straight rock to it.
Bradley: But it depends on who was singing and who wrote the songs. I mean, Ian has always basically sung the majority of the songs, but Zach contributes alot with his music and you tell the two different styles in the sound.
Do you have any material do you have out there that people can hear?
Ian: For the most part we really had one album, and meanwhile we’d put together some recordings and dish out four here, four there.
Bradley: Funding was always sort of a problem for us then. So everything that we’ve ever done has always been super low budget.
We’ve recorded with Brian McKenzie, but he’s a friend of ours and it’s always just been ‘Hey man, help us out...we’re going to try to come in and bang it out as quickly as possible.’ We just never really had a lot of time or money to put into it ever.
Ian: But yeah, we’ve thrown up a couple tracks on Facebook and you can still find The Beatholes on Myspace to hear some of our stuff.
What was it like to make music in Myrtle Beach circa 1998?
Bradley: From what I recall it was very diverse. You had your punk bands like Dead Center, then you had bands like Flick-It that had some more balls and an edgier vibe, and then you had us who was really just in the middle of it all.
We were kinda toward the end of when the Myrtle Beach scene was really good. Back when you had places like Players or Stony Cove, there were a lot more venues and places to play here in the mid- to late-90s and by ’98 there was a few of them still around.
There were some local bands that led the pack as we were sorta entering into the whole situation like Sqwearl, Ten Gauge, The Drag...they kinda laid the path to let folks know there might be something here worth drawing some interest.
Also, it seemed like back then radio supported local music — I know WKZQ does the local thing on Sundays or whatever — but back then it seemed like every day, all day they would have things like the local concert calendar and they would announce where local bands were playing.
I don’t really hear much of that now.
Why do you think that is?
Bradley: It’s like once the large syndicates bought out the radio media the limits got real tight on that sort of thing. I remember when we first started playing all I had to do was call up Summer, a radio DJ back then, and say ‘Hey I’m with The Beatholes, we’re playing at Players on Friday night,” and she’d put us on the calendar and announce it on the radio.
A lot of people work, you know, and won’t necessarily pick up a Kicks! or Surge or whatever to read listings, but everyone hears the radio at some point and they should really get at least a concert calendar or something back on there.
Myrtle Beach Music: The band goofing around back in the day
How big did things get for The Beatholes in your heyday? Were you taking it on the road or was it pretty much just local?
Bradley: Yeah, we kinda stuck to the region mostly, but we played in Columbia a lot, played in Raleigh once or twice, Wilmington, Charleston and all the bigger cities that were close by.
Ian: We tried to give it everything we had every time out there on stage and I think people just kinda enjoyed the energy of what we were doing sometime, with the singalong songs and just the energy of it all no matter where we were.
When do you decide to stop making music together full-time and how did you come to that decision?
Ian: I’d say it kinda slowed down around 2005, that we had a little switcheroo with some members and did some studio recordings just on the spot as we go. We played that out for a little while, but that was just kinda few and far between stuff throughout 2006 and 2007.
What has it been like after taking that time off to come back together and play these shows every so often?
Bradley: Last year, when we played at Christmas time it was like we got together for a couple months practiced once a week and really prepared. But just after that we got asked to do another one and we just kinda shot from the hip on that one.
But you know if we’re only going to play once a year, we try to at least get together and sharpen up a little, you know.
Myrtle Beach Music: Carter performs at the band's most recent show at Drink! last year.
Have you considered getting back together and playing more again?
Ian: I’ve had a lot of though about it lately, just kinda tinkering with things again.
But really, I’ve just been busy for one. And I’ve taken a creative stint off the past couple years. Bradley’s been playing more than I have.
Bradley: I actually haven’t played since we played our show last year. I don’t really ever pick up a pair of drumsticks unless we’re doing something.
Ian: Well, in that case, I don’t know what his excuse is ... I’ve got three kids.
Bradley: Yeah, he’s the family man. I just kinda wait on the call from everyone else, you know.
What made you choose to do a show now?
Ian: We had a friend of our who’s a tour manager for the Ten Tenors from Australia and this is really kinda a bon voyage because he’s headed overseas for awhile. Both times we played last year he wasn’t here and he keeps begging us to play so... (laughs)
What can people expect to see Friday night?
Bradley: A lot of energy. It’s always a good vibe and a nice mix of people. And just rock ’n’ roll.
Ian: Yeah man, hopefully we can get a nice little crowd. I’ve done a few things here [at Droopy’s] acoustically, but we’ve never played here before.
Bradley: It should be pretty slammin’. If you believe what you see on Facebook, I think we’re already above fire code.
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