I had the privilege of speaking to one of my favourite of all current bands, General Fiasco. After their refreshingly different Pop-Indie debut, General Fiasco are currently on the road with Little Comets. I was able to ask them a few questions from the big issue of the latest release and their future plans, to the simplest of matters such as brotherly bickering. Here it is:
The latest album ‘Unfaithfully Yours’ seems to lead perfectly on from your debut. Was it an intentional decision not to differ radically from the first album in terms of style? If so, why?
We didn't want to steer too far away from the sound of the first record but it was important that we made a progression. It’s always been about the song for us but we definitely pushed ourselves on this record- some of the drum and guitar parts are the most technical we have done.
Your 2011 single ‘This Is the Age You Start Losing Friends’ was the first single to be released from ‘Unfaithfully Yours’. What is the song about? Was it written from personal experience?
It’s about getting to an age where everyone grows up and moves apart. It’s just about realising that everyone has things that take priority and relationships weaken because of that.
You’re currently touring the UK with Little Comets: how do you feel the tour has gone for you? Do you feel that a tour gets better towards the end as you familiarise yourselves with your set or does exhaustion and homesickness begin to set in towards the end?
It's brilliant, one of my favourite tours we have done, they are a great band and a great bunch of lads, you occasionally burn yourself out but it’s usually from drinking too much, we don't really get homesick.
What musical influences does each of you bring to the band? Do your tastes vary as a group or are they similar?
Yeah they vary, between everyone and also day-to-day, we have bands that we all like but they aren't necessarily influential to our sound.
You’ve toured with the likes of The Enemy, The Wombats, Jet and are currently touring with Little Comets. Who is the most fun band you’ve ever toured with? And could you pinpoint a tour that benefited you the most?
Kids In Glass Houses was a great tour for us. I think musically we connected most with their fans but we have had so many great tours. Little Comets and Fighting With Wire where/are both really great fun.
What is your favourite song to play on stage?
Bad Habits at the minute, it’s really got a good swing to it and we only just learned how to play it so its kinda new to us which also makes it fun.
How did General Fiasco form?
Well really we just all played instruments and had similar tastes and had the same goals- it happened naturally. Stu joined recently, we knew him from playing in other bands and he seemed like a good lad so we got him in.
Question for Enda and Owen: is there any sibling rivalry going on? Do you ever have brotherly fall-outs?
What is the best and worst part about being in a band?
What is the best is people appreciating what you do, coming to gigs and singing along. The worst is playing to people who don't care about your music, which can happen from time to time, especially if you are playing an odd support slot.
What have you got planned after the tour with Little Comets? Any plans to take the tour elsewhere or is there a well-deserved vacation in store?
Probably tour in the new year- headlining I guess, but other than that I'm not sure what the future holds.
How were General Fiasco ‘discovered’? Did you feel like it was a long time coming or did it come as a surprise when you were signed to Infectious Records?
We worked pretty hard for it! We got noticed by a few people in the music industry and it kind of snow-balled from there. We eventually signed to infectious a year after that and after a few tours.
Do you think there is a difference between Irish and English crowds?
Not really, we don't care where we play as long as people are into it, Scottish and Irish shows are a bit more full on but we have had some crazy gigs in England, its more about the people there.
How do you guys write your songs? Do you write as a group or individually first?
Both: first record was more myself writing songs and bringing them to the band and the second was more collective but it usually comes from someone bringing an idea into the room and everyone thrashing it out.
Do you have any ideas about in which direction to take the third album if and when it comes along?
Psychedelic Space Drum and Bass Funk Fusion. It'll be along soon.
Wow. All I can say is bring on album number three!