There are some bands you can just listen to and there’s nothing lost. There are some bands you really need to see to experience their music—that’s Beyond Blonde.
So just how do you get the masterful mix of this musical jambalaya? The recipe is simplex, simple and complex, and it results in a spicy, saucy final sound.
They are a mix of wide influences, individually and as a group. But the result is pure original, blast of rock ‘n roll passion running wild. They started with a three person all female rock group, then called Firda, in April of 2002. Add a dash of smoking lead guitarist Bill “Suekey” Sukeforth (to add some testosterone) and you have the current mix. And what a mix it is.
Take Lisa Firda, lead singer, with her powerful soulful voice and magnetic stage presence. Born in Florida, she started writing at singing at 13. She taught herself voice and guitar, deftly putting the two together in a unique mix. It all seems so effortless and natural. Her rock and roll odyssey took her to Virginia Beach, Virginia and the influences of Pat Benatar, Heart, AC/DC, Journey and Chicago, among others. The rock and roll dream continued when she moved to Boston.
Lisa, in search of a drummer and bass player headed to an open jam at the Newport Blues Café, where she met up with Donna Compos.
Firda told her she loved her style, would she take a tape to listen
to. The response was not exactly overly enthusiastic, but Compos took
the tape. She did listen to it—twice. The music was contagious
and she came onboard.
Firda also spotted bass player Joyce Sampson playing at the Newport
Blues Café. Firda liked her loads of experience and “bitchin"
“ It’s probably the rockinest female band in existence
since Heart,” Sampson says. “Early heart, not 1980’s
Heart, early Heart. It’s got kick ass vocals and Lisa can sing
circles around anybody I’ve heard on the radio. She kinda has
the same kind of power as Janis Joplin and I’d eve go so far as
to say Steve Marriott. We have fun. A lot of the bands right now have
real strong angst and have been for about ten years. We’re not
about that. We just have fun and it comes through. That’s what’s
unique about it. We do a lot of benefits for cancer and alcohol abuse
places, or against domestic violence. We’re not just trying to
make four million dollars.”
The last one to come onboard is also the only male, Bill “Suekey” Sukeforth who joined the group in May of 2003. During his high school years he played with a local band called Flame. He got the rock and roll fever from the experience. That and an infatuation with Texas style blues and southern rock. Inspiration lead to relocation and he moved to Texas.
That was were the roots of his bluesy style guitar was born, in Houston. The experience brought him a load of guitar slinging jobs for a host of independent recording artists like August, the Rough Riders and a stint with the hard rocking Blown Free at ACA studios with the independent label, Excelsior Records.
It was the original music that drew him in to the band initially. “I’ve
been in bands that played original music before, but it’s been
a long time. I heard their material, and they were looking for a guitar
player and I was very intrigued and so here I am.”
Their first CD, “Famous last Words,” was released in November
The band is also going to be filmed by a production company called
One Time productions out of New York when they appear there later this