Glasgow is host to a multitude of unsigned bands so what is so special about There Will Be Fireworks, yet another label-less group gigging in the likes of Stereo and Captain’s Rest? Well, not only did they form at our very own Glasgow University, but also have an incredible atmospheric sound akin to the likes of Explosions in the Sky and lyrical depth reminiscent of Tom Waits. Furthermore, album and ticket sales alone have allowed the band to become completely self-sufficient. Their gig last January was so popular they had to turn many fans away at the door.
I caught up with Nicky from the band to find out about their new album and their plans for the future:
Have you changed much as a band since your last album?
“Well we’re pretty much the same personnel but I think the sound has changed a fair bit. For a start, the song writing has naturally developed over the last few years. For the first album, we bashed out all the songs in a practice space and then headed to the studio to record them. Given that time with everyone in the one place has been a commodity over the last few years, the way we’ve written has changed. We’ve been writing a lot more in the studio and experimenting as we record. It’s produced a different type of song compared to the first album.”
Have you ever been surprised with the amount of support you have received?
“Yeah, we’re really grateful for the generally positive reaction that we’ve had. The internet is an incredible tool for getting music out there and we’ve managed to gather a small but supportive crowd of listeners. As an unsigned band, we don’t have any PR other than whatever nonsense we might spout on Facebook or Twitter (@twbf), so it’s been really gratifying. The most surprising thing has been the number of people from outside the UK who have been buying our album. We’ve just released our new EP Because, Because and again we’ve had interest from abroad. It’s cool that something we make on a shoestring in a studio in Strathaven gets listened to by someone a few thousand miles away.”
Would you say that living in Glasgow has influenced your music?
“Glasgow has influenced our music more than anything else. I have lived here more or less my whole life and the city has definitely seeped into our song writing. Without wanting to be parochial, we are a Glasgow band and it’s inevitable that that will be reflected in what we produce.”
You guys all attended Glasgow University. Do you have any advice for any students who are interested in forming a band?
“Bash out some songs, get in a studio and record them. Play gigs but not so many that people get bored of you. And if you’re going to go to a studio to record, research which bands have recorded there to find something that will chime with your sound. Everything we have recorded was done at Old Mill Studios in Strathaven and we can’t recommend it enough.”
The band’s most recent packed out gig at Stereo in December displayed their continuing popularity with the Glasgow public. Taking to the stage in Christmas onesies these guys showed that despite not taking themselves too seriously they are truly a highlight of the current Glasgow music scene.
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