Interview: Broken Fires
Shit the bed, mateys. Shit it real good. How you doing? Sorry we’ve been a bit silent these last few days. Friday was the epitome of ball-ache. We had to see a Draper about a drum kit, in that he’s been looking after it faithfully since about September last year, and to be fair we should have picked the bastard up a lot sooner than, well, Friday but fucking hell we have been busy. It is a small miracle we didn’t put our back out picking up the Roland V-Drums super heavy frame. We mean, when does portability even factor in to a drummer’s career? Never, that’s when. That’s probably why we packed it all in and turned to the proverbial dark side of the musical force; that, and because we needed a job or at least the illusion thereof to throw mummy and daddy off our employment case. We then made it in the office just in time to sort Remi Miles‘ logistics for his stint of Dot To Dot dates. Actually, that’s a fib. We got Ben to do it. Although we did have to ask him no fewer than three times to do it and everyone knows that’s an effort in itself. Bloody Ben. Yesterday we got up real early for the fiftieth consecutive Saturday to toddle over to Norwich to see Fickle Friends do a BBC Introducing stage performance; we gotta tell ya, it was great. Really something. Every time we have endured a “why? Just why?” moment in this line of made-up work, the kinda shit that makes us glad to be involved usually revolves around the notion of watching a band go from just an idea to a more-than-legit outfit. Like, ready-steady-go. And fucking hell, when it goes it really bloody goes. A band that we hope will go in very much the same manner are Swansea’s finest Broken Fires, for whom we had the pleasure of premiering a Track Of The Day by the name of Elephants a few months back to much aplomb and many questions emanating from the various facets that make up the cynical UK music industry asking what precious nuggets of information we might be withholding. Look, you guys. Love is only something if you give it away, and new music in the online sense isn’t much different. Stop asking us fucking questions when we’re already telling you everything we know at that point in time. Just listen, yeah? We ask the questions around here, especially in this context when we’re interviewing someone in an overtly-intrusive manner. Anyway. Broken Fires. Question time. Giddy up. Jeah.
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Alright fuckers. We are Broken Fires, a group of 6 Welsh chaps and a young lady on the violin who play simple pop songs and record them in our bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms.
KM: You sons of bitches. You no-good sons of bitches. How very dare you word-dog us in our own digital pad. Nice intro though.
Broken Fires – Elephants
Broken Fires – Flesh & Blood
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s a fantastic album and her lyrics are absolutely brilliant. Vessels – Dilate and En Garde – Weekenders have also rocked the Broken Fires boat over the last few months.
KM: We’ll overlook your flagrant disregard for the singular nature of our question which you appear to have answered in the triple and give you Courtney Barnett because we agree that album is proper bo.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-nr1nNC3ds]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
En Garde – Dim Swn Festival, Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. They’re a 5 piece hardcore punk band from the valleys. We had no idea who they were and they totally blew us away. Incredible energy from start to finish, frontman was a bit of a lunatic and to top it off they gave out their album for free during the show.
KM: Holy SHIT this is rad. Good call. You can stay.
En Garde – Idols
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
A 7 person moon would be far too much posterior for any person or thing to handle so we think it’s best we keep our behinds covered at all times.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
My Father, My King by Mogwai. It’s a 20 minute epic so would give us plenty of time to plot our escape.
KM: Yeah, you’re doing well. You recognise not only Mogwai are legit, but also that it is ok to be into all sorts of good shit. Let’s be friends.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzmKyMug_T8]
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
There are 7 of us so this answer wasn’t unanimous but based on a fair proportional representation of all the votes we have to go with Killing In The Name Of.
Broken Fires’ debut album “Silhouettes” is out now. Listen to and/or buy it here.
Thanks for former label assistant Ross. He freelances in the PR game these days. Which is nice.