Interview with Fatherson

Hailing from Kilmarnock in Scotland, Fatherson are 3 lads with a passion for well-crafted and vibrant rock songs – watch your back Biffy Clyro. Cat On The Wall’s Jo Whitby caught up with bassist Marc Strain for a chat via e mail about their new EP and playing at T in the Park…

Cat On The Wall: First up, how and when did you all meet?

Marc Strain: We met at secondary school as friends of friends and then started playing music together in various different names and line ups throughout our time there.

COTW: What first got you into music?

MS: We weren’t all that good at football, so we needed to have something to do. Ross had a guitar and had played and written a few songs, so we thought: “Let’s make a band”.

COTW: Can you tell us about your new self-titled EP? Where was it recorded? How did you get involved with King Tut’s Recordings?

MS: We started recording our new EP in January of this year. We went in to the studio with Bruce Rintoul, who we had worked with previously. He is a great producer and responsible for making so many Glasgow bands sound how they sound, so it was a pleasure to work with him again. We recorded three tracks in order to give people a bit of a teaser as to what Fatherson are about. Technically this is our first EP released only as Fatherson (due to a name change in late 2010 from Energy!) so we wanted to make it sound a bit different and I think we’ve managed to do that, create something that is a clear progression from our “Where the Water Meets The Land EP”. We got involved with King Tuts recordings by being in the right place at the right time and meeting some people who liked the music and wanted to help us release it. We’re really excited for the release and seeing what everyone thinks of it.

COTW: What is your creative process as a band when composing songs?

MS: It varies, Ross writes all the vocals and a lot of the time Ross (Guitar/Vocals) will write songs on his acoustic and bring them along and we just layer it up. However, with this EP it was written by just standing in a room and throwing some ideas about and then building a song up that way.

COTW: Can you tell us anything about the short film you’re going to release? How did the concept come about?

MS: As we are only releasing a three track EP, we thought it would be nice to accompany this with something extra. Our good friend Joshua Porter is an excellent photographer and shot our video for Hometown. The short film is about moving away from home and some of the associated things that go along with it. We’re hoping to release it around August this year.

COTW: You’re playing T in the Park tomorrow – are you excited? Do you enjoy performing live? How do you know when you’ve had a good gig?

MS: We can’t wait. I am currently writing this just before we head off in the van to the site. It is a total honour to have been chosen to play the festival and we are really looking forward to getting on the stage and playing the best set we possibly can. Performing live is the best part about being in a band definitely. I think it is a good gig when you come off covered in sweat, have a few sing alongs and everyone in the crowd looks like they’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.

COTW: What are you listening to at the moment?

MS: Personally I am listening to Two Door Cinema Club as I write this, but we’re really into are Alaskan Moustache, Manchester Orchestra, Weezer and Guillemots.

COTW: Finally what are your plans for the near future?

MS: We have T in the Park this weekend, then the EP release as part of the Sailor Jerrys Summer Nights festival on the 18th July. Following that we are playing at Wickerman Festival and then a few other gigs dotted around the place. After this we are going to be hitting up some very special shows around the country in random living rooms, scout halls and bus stops. We are also planning our first Kilmarnock hometown show of the year and a big Glasgow show to round the year off.

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