Tuesday, 12 August 2014

We're Only Here For The Banter - Bright Side

Surely we all know by now that Scotland has a fledging punk scene.  Bright Side, a four piece from Edinburgh, are another band to count alongside that.  Under the wing of Struggletown records, they have stepped up with their debut EP, out later this month.  I caught up with Ross from the band to find out more.

Hello!  How the devil are you?

Alright!  Very well thanks, I'm actually in Spain right now on holiday so yeah, could be worse.

It's the question everyone hates, but could illuminate our readers with a little bit about your music and your influences?

Totally!  We're a hardcore punk band with a big melodic sound/influence throughout.  When we started off our main influences were like Defeater, Go It Alone, Modern Life is War.  Break Even was a big one.  They still all are.  Apart from that we like bringing in our other sorts of favourite sounds and influences too.  The new EP has some post-rock sounds in places, some emo/poppier stuff as well.  The stuff we're working on now has a big punk rock sound in mind.

What's your song-writing / creative process like?

Usually it'll start off with a riff, chord progression or maybe even a full song idea that any of us have.  We'll then show it to the rest of the guys and we'll work on it from there.  Your standard song writing stuff.  But really most of our songs are written by accident and it's usually just because we're dicking about at a practice and instead of playing Limp Bizkit and nu-metal riffs we'll come up with something that sounds good eventually (not that Limp Bizkit don't, they're amazing).

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Every band says it but we really do love playing live so we put our all into it.  I think the more shows you play you realise what makes up a well thought out, good set and I personally think we're at a point in playing shows that represents us properly well.  We take time to make sure the set flows right and hasn't get any lulls mid-set.  It's fast, to the point, energetic, with awkwardly funny in between songs patter.  All the things you want.  Good times all round.

Tell us about the EP Bright Side.

We recorded it back in January with Paul at 45-a-Side studios in Glasgow.  After that we sent it off to Bob Cooper to master it.  Both the guys did a really great job.  Two of the songs Breaking Even  and Lost Love  are two of the first we ever wrote but never got around to recording them until now.  Wanderer  and The Years  were written a little bit later on.  We've been sitting on the songs for a little while now so it's good to have finally have it out and to have something fresh to show people.  It's coming out through Struggletown and a new label called Fulltone Records. It's out digitally on 25th August and pre-orders for a 7" vinyl are up through Struggletown now!  But yeah we're really chuffed on it.

What else have you got planned for the rest of 2014?

Our next show is at King Tut's, 30th August, that's our 'unofficial release show' for the EP.  We're looking forward to that for sure.  We've got a few more shows to announce soon and Strugglefest in October, which will be a total belter.  We're going to try and head down south again before the year is out too.  We've started writing some new songs also, don't know if that'll be another EP, an album, or a split; we'll have to wait and see!  I think we're definitely going to try and record before this year is over as well though so hopefully something will surface really early on next year.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Right now I'm still listening to the new Paws' album a lot, which is really good.  A lot of Bad Rabbits, Great Cynics, Pup.  I'm really just patiently waiting for the new Gaslight Anthem to come out though!

Thanks for speaking with us.

No worries at all, thanks for asking us!

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