Wednesday, 20 June 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Make Sparks

ock trio Make Sparks have been doing rather well recently, with airplay on BBC 6Music and Kerrang radio.  'Rewind' was released as a debut single earlier this year and was preceeded by an EP, 'Part Of The Masquerade'.  The band are embarking on a summer tour across the UK, the dates are displayed on their website, so you can catch them at a venue near you next month. 

Hello, how are you?

I'm fantastic thanks, the sun is cracking the windows in the southside of Glasgow this week and everyone is walking about lobster pink and pissed.  What could be better!?

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

Our music is definitely guitar rock with a healthy dose of pop.  We love a chorus and if we can crow bar a couple of hooks in then we're laughing!

What's your song writing process like?

Long!  But also never exactly the same twice.  Adam (drums) and I write the majority of the songs separately then we all get together and tear them to pieces until our egos are in tatters and then we start all over again until we have something close to a good song.  Then we demo the track a few times in rehearsal until it's ready for the studio.  I guess that's a close enough outline to how we usually do it.  It helps also that we have a few very helpful and talented friends to engineer and mix when we write/demo.  They're also good for early feedback on what you're working on!

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Sweat.  And lots of it!  We're pretty obsessive in rehearsal working on harmonies and all the little twists and turns in each track so hopefully (if we're doing it right) at a live show you'd see us powering through our set and nailing every harmony and fill!

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

I think it would be different for each of us but for me, today anyway, I think I'd be proud that we have lasted this long and stuck to our guns about being musicians.  We've all been playing together in one way or another for 11 years which is amazing.  And we're only just getting started!

What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?

Festivals, singles, tours and recording an album.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'community'?

I get asked this a lot and my answer is usually the same.  I'm constantly surprised and inspired by the amount of great unsigned bands in Scotland.  And it sometimes blows my mind that they can be 17/18 and be as good as they are.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

So Many Animal Calls, Marvel Heights, Vukovi, LighthGuides, The Puppet State.

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