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Future Fires burst out of the back streets of Birmingham and into the heart of its local music scene in early 2017. After a momentous live debut, thanks to snagging a main stage slot at Godiva festival, the boys have charged from venue to venue around the musical capitals of the UK brandishing their distinctive brand of loud and lively indie. As well as continuing their domination of the UK gig scene, with some high-profile live performances in conjunction with This Feeling, the band are cooking up a fresh batch of songs that they know will catch the attention of the industry big boys and help propel them onto the world stage.

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Photo: Ian Ward

Tell me a bit about your band & why should we check you out?

We’re a four-piece from Birmingham who write and play the best guitar music around today.  Come and see us if you don’t believe us. BBC Introducing love us, our mum’s love us and you probably will too.

If you had to sum the band up in 5 words what would they be?

Hmm, five words is too…

Where do you get your inspiration from to write songs, what gets those creative juices flowing?

We don’t tend to take much inspiration from many other bands to be completely honest. A lot of us are into very different music styles so it’s really hard to pinpoint a specific inspiration. With the lyrics, John and Adam are big in to films and the lyrics reference a lot of what they like so I suppose you could even say that films, books and whatever they’re in to at a time inspire a fair few of the lyrics they write together. The melodies take shape as a group effort but will usually start as pretty horrific scratch recordings on a mobile phone recorded in the early hours which will then sound completely different once we’re in the same room together. From that, it all changes week by week until we’ve got what we want and it’s found its place in the live set.

Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?

There’s a great band from Leicester called Easy Life. They have this great chilled out sound that works well live and on the record. We doubt they’ll stay unsigned for long…

What’s the last song you played?

That would be “Infinite Life”, our ever faithful set closer. There’s a studio version of this in the works at the minute so keep your eyes peeled. If you can’t wait until Autumn, you’d better catch us live in Birmingham or Manchester this summer.

If you could perform with anyone – who would you like to share a stage with?

The late-great David Bowie.

Describe to me your live performance and why people ought to get off their arses and come and see you?

Well we’re not quite ready for stage props, pyrotechnics or entering the stage through anything like that giant lemon that U2 had but if it means anything, we do get told we’re good live. I think a surplus of similar sounding bands have caused a few people to lose faith in the future of guitar music as there’s a great deal around now that sounds pretty indistinguishable to what was in the charts 10 years ago. Don’t lose the faith, come see us!

“Big fan of that” – Louise Brierly, BBC Introducing.

On that note do you have any upcoming shows?

We do indeed! We’re on at:

  • Friday 13th July – Actress And Bishop, Birmingham

  • Thursday 2nd August – Stirlings, Birmingham

You’re stranded on a desert island, you get one beer, one pizza and one album to get through, what are they?

If we’re properly stranded it would have to be a big beer, a big pizza and The Stone Roses’ debut (it’s a pretty big album) to at least make it feel like a bit of a party before the rainy season comes.

Festival season is upon us – what’s your dream lineup?

Nirvana, Beatles, Queen.

3 festival essentials?

One pair of sunglasses and both of my personalities. The rest can all be borrowed.

What track should people to listen to of yours to get a taste of the band and why?

We’ve just released a new single called ‘Far’ which if there is ever a Future Fires: A Beginner’s Guide will probably be the audio equivalent to page 1. Check it out on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music, it was released a few week ago and was played on BBC Introducing West Midlands. We’ve just shot a video for it which can be found here:

It has opened our last couple of shows and is probably the first song of ours most people listen to.

What’s on the horizon, what can we look forward to from you?

We have our next single ‘Midnight Sky’ to be released soon with its video that’s currently in the editing stages. We also have another two songs to be mastered which will be done between shows this summer and are set to have ‘Far’ played on BBC Introducing WM too which is all very exciting. Between these, we’ll be playing a couple of shows around the West Midlands and Manchester.

QUICKFIRE: (ALEX – DRUMMER)

WEAPON OF CHOICE: Instrument! Drums- the most fun of all. Not as if I’m a drummer or anything…

BASE:  Birmingham.

FOOTBALL: The Blues! No, The Reds!

GUILTY PLEASURE: ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’. Zero guilt here though, what a banger.

HERO: Danny Dyer. Obviously…

VILLAIN: Jeremy Hunt.

BEST COMEDY SHOW: It could only be Peep Show.

THREADS: Whatever brings out my beautiful blues.

TROTTERS: Whatever shows off my beautiful ankles.

AT THE BAR: We only drink Bahama Mamas with the ingredients mixed in a specific order.

GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT: Oasis at Knebworth. How can a setlist have both Oasis and the Chemical Brothers? Sadly we weren’t all born when it happened so none of us attended.

NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE: Danny Dyer. Obviously…

FILM: That’s a tough choice between Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I have no idea what’s going on in either of these films but the others insist they make perfect sense.

SOUNDTRACK: Pulp Fiction. Though every Tarantino soundtrack’s a piece of genius in its own right.

TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME: Tame Impala – ‘It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, Nirvana – ‘Heart Shaped Box’, The Beatles – ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’.

TOP OF THE POPS: Doesn’t sound all that top at the minute… Saying that, there are a huge amount of brilliant new bands around the world who are half the size they should be and not in the charts. I don’t know who- if anyone- is to blame but I think it all needs shaking up a little bit.

THREE WORDS: Watch this space.

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