STATIC FIRES (from l-r): Tom Gibbins (bass), Jack Piper (drums), Jack Clements (lead guitar), Sam Randles (vocals/rhythm guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
From south Wales, Static Fires are a hotly-tipped alternative rock quartet that have already drawn favourable comparisons to such heavyweight outfits as the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings of Leon.
In the spring of 2016, the collective brought out a debut self-titled EP, which was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.
For the last couple of months, the Swansea four-piece have been working hard on putting together a follow-up to that, which will be coming out this August, and they recently took the time to tell me all about it and other band-related topics.
How did the band get together?
We all met whilst we were in school growing up, and started playing together properly whilst doing our A-levels. After a stint in the recording studio, which produced some of the tracks on our first EP, we decided that we wanted to share our music with the world, and we’ve been doing so ever since!
How did the name Static Fires come about?
Previously, we had gone by the name Cinder. However, after discovering that there was another band with the same name, we brainstormed away looking for a new name until we settled on Static Fires, which was in keeping with our fire/flames theme.
To anybody who has yet to hear your music, how would you describe it to them?
Punchy and accessible rock music with eclectic influences and thoughtful arrangements.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Lyrically, there is no particular writing process which we follow every time. Usually, one of us will attempt to write lyrics for a certain part, and we’ll start to get an idea for the ideas and themes that are developing.
We’ve had a lot more fun developing the lyrics for this album, compared to our EP, as we’ve let ourselves be carried away with creating cool ideas for the stories the songs are trying to tell, such as bad luck on ‘Thirteen’, and apocalyptic love on ‘Blood Red’.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
The music always comes first to us. We use a mix of jamming and individual songwriting which we bring together and let develop naturally. Sometimes, we’ll put an idea on the backburner until we have the right direction to take it.
That happened with one of our tracks, ‘Like The Sun’, which was easily rewritten a few times- but always for the better.
This August, the band will be bringing out their debut album, ‘Thirteen’. How has the recording process been for that?
Terrific! Late last year, we holed ourselves up in the Boneyard recording studio in Llandarcy, Neath, in order to create the album. We had so much fun watching our music develop through the recording process and be brought to life.
And how will it be different to your 2016 self-titled debut EP?
Our growth as songwriters definitely shows on ‘Thirteen’ when compared to our EP. We’ve taken more risks and dared to be more complex- both with the musical arrangements and with our ambitions.
We’ve kept the variety from the first EP, and perhaps even expanded from it in places, but still kept true to the things we enjoy. We’re immensely proud of ‘Thirteen’ as an album.
How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?
Great! We can’t wait to start playing as much as possible over the coming months to help promote the album and perform our new material to newer audiences, as we’ve always enjoyed playing live and performing at new venues!
And finally, what have you got lined up over the next couple of months?
We’re currently promoting ‘Return’, which is the first track we’ve released from the new album – currently available to stream exclusively on YouTube.
Next month, we’ll be debuting the music video for another one of our tracks, and also releasing that as a single! Also, we’ve got release gigs planned for both the single release and the album.
‘THIRTEEN’, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM STATIC FIRES, WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 10.
FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.