Even though we missed the boat in August GIGsoup staff members still decided that ‘Easy Touch’ by London residents Bonfire Nights was worthy of the BOOM! Track of the Day accolade (and the fact the bands new LP drops this Friday – 21st October). We caught up with the band to find out more about the ingredients that go into their unique psychedelic sound and to learn about their pending album release. The group’s founders originally hail from down under and now they are set to take the UK by storm…
‘Easy Touch’ is about relinquishing power in a relationship- realising that you could take advantage and control, but choosing instead to submit to the relationship and kind of go with the flow- would you say this is something you also do with your music?
I wouldn’t describe us as control freaks but we do have a definite approach to our music, in what we write and the production of our recordings. Sometimes it’s nice to open up the field and work with other people, to keep it fresh and get a different perspective. But we like to retain some control – it’s our baby so we are protective. We won’t release anything unless we are 100% happy with it.
Your album launch is coming up soon- October 22nd at The Waiting Room in London. Can you give GIGsoup a taste of what will happen on the night?
This album has been a long time coming, so the launch is going to be a celebration. Our mates at Bad Vibrations are hosting the event, plus our friends DRIFT and Beds in Parks are coming along to support. It’s going to be a big old party. We’ll be playing some new tunes and maybe a few surprises as well. The best part will be the three day bender I plan on going on, to celebrate finally releasing this album into the world.
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So, Steve Foster and Ruth Nitkiewicz- you’re both founding members of the band, from Australia. Since then, you’ve recruited at least two more antipodeans to the band. Is there something about the Australian sound that you need to harness?
We should clarify that Steve was actually born in New Zealand. I’m not sure if he’s ready to be an honorary Australian, despite living there for many years. We have a history of recruiting our friends to play with us, most of whom are from Australia because you tend to hang with your tribe when you’re far from home. But we’ve recently recruited Leon Ferbrache to the band as well and he’s from Guernsey originally, so we are not exclusively antipodean anymore.
The last year has seen you get a lot of attention for your releases- you’ve done some amazing support slots and of course, your album release is on October 21st. What more do you have in store for the next twelve months?
We are planning on hiding in the country for a bit and recording our next album. We’re going somewhere remote, and taking an 8-track tape machine as well. Most of our lives is spent in this London bubble so it will be nice to get out of town and away from all the distractions, clear our heads and concentrate on recording. When the album is recorded we’ll try and get over to Europe for a tour as well.
The psychedelic/shoe-gaze/wall of noise scene is on the up and up- who are your favourite bands in the scene at the moment, and who would you most like to share a stage with soon?
There are a bunch of great bands coming up at the moment, even outside the psych/shoe-gaze scene. I absolutely love L.A. Witch at the moment and I can’t wait to play with them next month! I’ve been following/stalking them on Instagram/Tumblr for about a year or so, and when we got the opportunity to support them at their first London show I was over the moon. Can’t wait for it.