Interview: Byron Hare

We caught up with the hotly-tipped Redditch band ahead of their gig at The Sunflower Lounge on Tuesday 9th December to discuss their latest EP release, the growth of the band and their top tips for 2015…

 

Well, 2014 has been an exciting year for you in many different ways, what’s been your highlight so far?

There’s so many to choose from, but it has to be buying the house. Before that it was a case of waiting for Greg’s Dad to go out at midnight so we could get a couple of hours worth of writing or recording in. It’s really great to have our own base to work from!

 

This year has also seen the band expand to a six-piece, how much of an impact has this had on the band musically?

Most of the tracks on the EP were finished or half finished when we were a four piece so we already had a clear idea of what we wanted to do, but now that record is done it’s going to be really fun to see what we can make happen with six different musicians on board. It was good to outline a vision beforehand, just so everyone could be on the same page. With the next record we want to create something a bit different, we think we’ve almost figured it out…

 

You released your debut EP ‘Sleep on the Fire’ in October this year, what’s the story behind the record? How was the creative process?

Well it’s kind of a release in terms of going from a living room recording on a broken laptop, to having a space and being able to have everyone over. It’s a really refreshing record for us to listen to because we can all remember trying to fit five people on a sofa to listen to demos! It could also be because we produced it ourselves, we think that always makes for a more satisfying product.

 

Your gig on the 9th December sees you return to The Sunflower Lounge, the location of your very first gig. What can we expect from the show?

We really just want to celebrate what we’ve done this year. When we started we didn’t even plan on becoming an active band gig-wise, we just wanted to have fun! So to have six of us on board and to be playing regular shows, plus working with Death or Glory Records is really special for us. On Tuesday we want to show everyone what they can expect from us in 2015 and maybe say a final goodbye to a few old numbers…

 

And finally, who should we be listening to in 2015?

Locally there’s a few really cool acts out there, musically our hottest tip would be a guy called Abel Gray – he’s a really talented dude and is releasing a lot of stuff next year (perhaps even a collaboration with yours truly…). We’re also tipping a band called Chartreuse, they sound great live and on their demos. On a national level we can’t wait to see what James Bay is going to do, it’s also going to be really interesting to see The View release another album. Of course, we’re also excited to see what bands such as Wolf Alice, Slaves and Swim Deep will be up to in the new year.

BYRON HARE PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE ON TUESDAY 9th DECEMBER, WITH SUPPORT FROM GLACIER BAY. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE