Why a three piece band name? Wouldn’t just Firebrand been enough?
JG – Firebrand Super Rock was inspired by two beers I was particularly enjoying when we formed the band – Firebrand and Super Bock – so there you go!
LD -We have thought about shortening it to just Firebrand but lots of people quite like the name as it is.
In some of the things I’ve read about you I’ve noticed that your vocalist is being described as some sort of “female lumberjack”. How do you feel about people coming up with all kind of descriptions that you can?t control?
JG – Don’t think I read that one – crazy. I think one of the first things you have to accept when you start getting press is that you won’t like all of it – but there’s nothing you can do about it – so I don’t let it bother me!
LD – Lumberjack?? Ha ha not heard that one. Oh well, I’m not in the band as a fashion accessory. I’m in the band because I enjoy singing and I love metal. Just because I’m a female doesn’t mean I need to get my tits out to be noticed.
It is 2012 and still there this feeling that any band with one female member or all female bands is big time news, like landing on the moon for the first time. Why does a band with a female member draw this strange kind of attention? Why do we still make the distinction between male and female?
JG – I think it’s because metal has been a male-dominated genre for a long time, and outside of symphonic metal, female members are still rare, rarer still are female band members who don’t parade around half clothed for the press!
In the last couple of years good old heavy metal has made a comeback in media. But when did heavy metal go away? Why is heavy metal all of a sudden back to being everybody’s favourite pet project?
JG – Heavy Metal never went away – it just became very unfashionable for a long period of time, now the people who were laughing at it 10 years ago are proudly wearing Angel Witch t shirts claiming they were fans from the start!
How do you sort out the back patters from the real supporters, the one you can trust with your music and your life?
JG – The longer you spend in the music scene, the quicker you can tell the bullshitters. There’s plenty of the about, but there’s also plenty of great people, so you just learn to take the rough with the smooth!
LD – Generally you can always tell the bullshitters from the gunuine people. Luckily most of the people we meet are really cool.
Is being a Scottish band that much different from being a British or Welsh? Is there the same buzz to being from Scotland as there is to being from Wales?
JG – I’ve never spent much time in Wales, but the scene’s are different all over the UK, certainly there’s a lot of great bands and people in Scotland, and I think it’s an honest an up-front scene with a lot of people who just love the music.
With an album out how much easier is life as a band? Does it add credibility to the band when you can show that you have something to bring with you?
JG – Having an album out just means you have something to push when you’re playing and offers you the opportunity to get a bit more press. I think playing live is just as important as recorded work – we’re a live band first and foremost.
LD – It’s our first album and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved but we’d like to push ourselves now and see what we can come up with next.
Do you have to drive far to get to places to play that carries good capacity? Or are you left to play in front you uncle and his buddies?
JG – Being from Scotland, we’re used to long drives! We spend a lot of ttime playing in England and don’t mind driving for good gigs – of course you can’t win them all, sometimes you drive 8 hours for an empty gig, but that’s life!
How easy is it to get on the European touring circuit? Do you ever feel like you are far away from the mainland European metal scenes?
LD – We’re hoping to organise a European tour at the end of the year. We’ve been tourin around the UK now for a good few years and we’re keen to branch out. I does seem far away in the sence that we’ve never played there before so it’s unknown territory but I think we’d go down well.
What can we expect from you guys this coming summer festival season? What kind of future plans do you have?
JG – We’re already busy writing the next album and will be busy playing more dates later in the year, watch this space…
Firebrand Super Rock
Tel: 07791581962 (Jamie)