We speak to The Calm Fiasco all about their new EP, plans for the future and much more in a new and exclusive interview…
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
We find it hard to describe our sound. We are regularly compared to Glasvegas which is not a bad thing but we don't want to be pigeon-holed to a specific genre, we just make music that we like and hopefully people out there will enjoying listening to [it].
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
We're still very fresh to the music industry and every day we're learning something new. Getting your music out there is vital as that's your product and knowing when and how to release it is pivotal. I suppose every day is a challenge in the band. We work our balls off and it really is a full time job.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
Of course we would love to make a career out of this. We're not scared to admit that but we know that it's gonna take everything we've got and more to make it happen. There have been so many unsigned bands over the years that should have gone on to bigger, beautiful things, but have just vanished. It's the path we have chosen and we'll tread wisely.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
It's crucial, we don't work any other way. We'll have the bones of the song crafted in the house and then we'll take it down to the studio to be worked on. Before we would settle with an OK version, but that has now stopped as we rip it apart and start again. We wanted to evolve from our last EP and we truly believe we have achieved this.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
Inspiration from lyrics can come from anywhere. I have a phone of random notes full of what my friend might have said one night or some stranger has said on the phone passing by. I might start with that phrase or sentence and it'll grow arms and legs from there.
When we're in the studio that's when we add muscle to the bones. We have a dynamic taste in music within the band and we'd like to think that shows. The music may take minutes or weeks but that's how much we have progressed as a band, as we don't settle for an OK riff or an average bridge. We're honest to each other and when something's sh*t, we'll say it.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
Well if we had a pick of anybody it would have to be Alex Turner. We're all Arctic Monkeys daft and their first album was such a huge part of our lives growing up. It was the anthem of our youth and listening to it this day takes you back to that swing park [where you were] up to no good.
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
Greg, our guitarist, has 12 toes.
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
We want to be involved with major festivals this year and we believe it's a realistic target. We want to be playing our songs in front of thousands giving it everything we've got. We're always writing and to release an album that we're proud to call our own would be a dream come true. This time next year hopefully we'll have a table at the BRIT Awards…
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
Well we've got our EP 'The Fear' release in April and the single 'Lose Control' released April 1. After that I'm afraid we're sworn to secrecy; you'll just need to wait and see.