You are about to release your new single 'What's Up', can you tell me a little bit about the track?
Dan Martin – Hall (lead vocals and guitar): “Sure! The track is all about the struggle with being who you want tobe when everything seems to stand in your way. It’s also about the fact thatwhen you feel like you’re at your lowest, there is always someone who has your back. It covers a lot of positive bases despite its dark tone. It’s high energy, it’s emotional and we hope it’s powerful. We’re really proud of it and we hope people enjoy listening to it and watching the video.”
Why did you pick 'What's Up' to be your new single?
Damien Campbell (drums): “Well, it’s the first song we have written recently that we consider to be the sound we’re after. We think with ‘What’s Up’ we have honed our sound and style and things have come on leaps and bounds from our first EP.”
What is the single about as a whole?
Dan: “So as I said before it’s about carrying on but as a whole it can be interpreted in a lot of ways I think. I suppose the main message we were looking to broadcast is… If you know you have a positive purpose in life then don’t give up on it, no matter how many times you fail. It’s kind of representative of us as musicians in that sense too I guess! We basically have to fail until we succeed. There can be times in life where you really feel like you are on your own with things and where you feel like nobody understands what you’re trying to do. ’What’s Up’ is about that frustration ending in the realisation that you are never really alone. Maybe you just haven’t found what you are looking for yet.”
What was the writing and recording process like for the track?
Damien: “Basically, Dan and Joe (Strode) drafted out the guitar tracks, I then put the drum track down after getting the parts to a level that everybody is happy with. Then we re-track the guitars to be perfect to the new drum track, put bass down then finally get the vocals down. We find that it works really well that way. It means that we can judge each part individually, seeing what works and what doesn’t whilst always being tight to the drumming. Once we are happy, then we show the people.”
What can fans expect from your new music?
Damien: “Fans can expect a new Furian in the next few tracks we have written. That’s down to how we work together now and how we now know each other musically and non-musically. Spending more time together as friends and as a band has had a really positive effect on the way we write. We now have a better vision of what we want from the music, in terms of sound, style and lyrics.”
What and who has influenced your sound and style on the new release?
Dan: “We’re definitely one of those bands that listen to a lot of different music between us and individually our tastes in music are quite different. We try not to be too conscious of our influences so it’s anyone’s guess what’s gone into the melting pot. We just think of things that we think sound good and get them down. We never say ‘hey let’s sound like this band today’ or whatever. I think it’s important to try and do your own thing because as it is most things have been done before and we certainly want to be new and exciting for our listeners! Collectively the kind of music we listen to I’d say you could benchmark with Letlive, Alexisonfire, Paramore, Deftones and Reuben but we’re very open minded with music as a whole group.”
Tell me one fact about the band that you don't think your fans will know.
Damien: “Probably where each band member is from and how many miles we travel to get together for rehearsals and recording. We’re from Liverpool, Leeds and Anglesey so there’s quite a distance between us. We would like to think that all the efforts and late nights are worth it for our successes as a band, no matter how big or small. We’re really grateful for the chance to play music and spread our message. We do it for our fans and friends. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be a band and we’re thankful for all of the support we’ve received so far. We always try to emphasize that because we do consider our team and our listeners to be a family and if for all the miles driven and late nights spent, we see that family grow then that’s a victory in our eyes. The dream is to someday have enough support to leave our day jobs and do this full time.
Describe the band in three words.
Damien: “FUN, FOCUSED, DETERMINED.”
What are you most excited for this year?
Damien: “This year, the thing we are most excited about is the UK tour and single release we have going on in July. We have put a lot of effort, time and money into it all and we’re looking forward to getting the new show on the road, to let the UK know who we are and what we do. It’s also a good time for the band to get together and have fun as friends as well as professionals. We are excited to see what reaction we are going to get from the places we haven’t been before. Playing in new places is always great fun! It’s all down to the help of Garry Hutchinson at SanPR and Mark Anson at European Tour Collective. It wouldn’t be happening without you guys. Thank you!”
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