They’re amazing, quality, and your next favourite indie band: It’s Misfires. Having toured with the likes of The Sherlocks and The Hunna, we managed to have a chat with the rising indie act.
Hey! We all love your track ‘Do You Wanna?’ here at Born, and it’s launched you into the stratosphere of popularity, were you expecting it to be as big as it is? How does it feel?
The reception of ‘Do You Wanna’ has been nothing short incredible, it’s been so surreal, we’ve had texts from our mates up and down the country of them being in Shops like Pretty Green and Pull and Bear…where it’s been on, it’s always been a crowd pleaser. We’ve always had massive love from Spotify as well, so we’d love to just give them a huge thank you. We were never expecting it to be like this when we wrote it; it was probably one of least favourite tracks.. but now it holds a special place in all of our hearts.
You’ve been the supporting act for the likes of The Night Cafe, The Sherlocks, and The Hunna? How was that? What are they like?
It was great, we supported The Night Cafe in December…which was in the first 10 months of the band, which was surreal and then we went on to support The Sherlocks from there…we are supporting them again at SWX in Bristol in September. Supporting The Hunna was unreal, we became good mates with them from that show and they’re such lovely guys to play at a venue like Manchester Academy in front 2.5k people when you’ve only been a band for 15 months was surreal we can’t begin to explain.
Hard question… who was your favourite to tour with?
We loved all the bands all for different reasons but they’re all class, we got on really well with all of them as well.
Do you find the crowds you are supporting for easier crowds than crowds for your own gigs?
I think supports are easier in terms of pressure, people aren’t there to see you so; you go on play your heart out and connect with as many people as possible to try and win people over…whereas headline shows there’s a lot more pressure, people have spent their hard earned money to come and watch you, a lot of young people don’t have loads of money, we know how that feels so the fact that they’re spending money on a ticket to come and see us is really touching. So we put pressure on ourselves to make everyone come out of that gig thinking: ‘Bloody hell they blew the roof off it’. We couldn’t thank our fans anymore.
What are your personal opinions on the reliance on social media for popularity for artists and bands now?
Social media is massively important if you’re a band or artist, and if you’re not on social media you are making it seriously difficult for yourself. Whether you have the next Live Forever or whatever, whats the point if you haven’t built a following on social media to come to the shows? Because at the end of the day no one will come to the shows.
As you are deemed, ‘the next super indie band’, are there any new artists around that you’re loving right now? If so, who and why?
Hmm, there’s a few we like at the moment, No Hot Ashes, Sheafs, The Wholls. They’re just class, proper rock n roll bands, and then No Hot Ashes are seriously funky, think the Kooks meets James Brown.
What advice would you give to new artists starting out today?
I mean we are still starting out ourselves. Work hard keep socials active, gig gig gig, and try your luck a bit of cheekiness goes a long way, we always try our luck tweeting bands trying to support them or at least we did a lot towards the end of last year.
How does it feel like to get such amazing feedback from publications such as Spilt Milk Magazine, SRA Music, and Vibe Radio?
It’s amazing, we could thank them all for getting behind us, we’ve recently had Gigslutz and CLASH Magazine start backing us as well, which are publications all our favourite bands have been in. We couldn’t thank people enough for giving us a chance. We also have to say a HUGE thank you to Mikey Jonns, and the rest of the This Feeling family for supporting us.
If you could describe your live gigs in 3 words what would it be? Think of it as music speed dating.
Loud, Sweaty, Rowdiness.
How is your creative process when writing tracks? How do you write?
Our songs usually start on an acoustic, I then take it to the guys, and we play it acoustically as its easier to hear who’s coming up with terrible stuff. Haha, I’m joking, it’s like all the big bands say, if it sounds good on acoustic then it’ll sound great as a band. Then the rest of the guys and their stuff and we jam it out swapping bits in and out.
What is next for Misfires?
We are touring in September playing some new tunes. tickets are available at misfires.co.uk, we’ve recently changed our aesthetic…so all I’m gonna say is keep an eye out!
Check out their new single ‘Do You Wanna’ now: