Interview – Firebug

Firebug are a fantastic rock band. I recently listened to their new album release, No Return, and felt the quality of the music on offer was far above a lot of the stuff being put out nowadays. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I implore you to check out the album at the bottom of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an album titled No Return. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased?

No Return is the title track of our latest release. We recorded is at Clocktower Recorders up in the High Desert with Charlie Stavish.

It is available via all digital platforms like Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music. etc.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

On the creative front, no, not at all. In fact, we continue to grow as time goes on. We’ve added more piano/keys/organ into the mix, which has resulted in an expansion to our overall sound and in our approach to writing.

Regarding playing live shows, the last couple of years have been quite difficult. Some of the venues that we used to play have also shut down, gas is super expensive (making it difficult to travel) now, so even as things appear to be opening up, on many levels the effects and events of the last couple of years appear to be lingering. With that said, we’re all in this together and we do what we can. When we do play a live show, we give our performance 100%.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It’s a journey that begins with a seedling of an idea. We’ve never really had a specific process. Ideas can come into being at any time or point in the process. With that said, improvising while rehearsing sometimes leads to some interesting places. You know when you’ve stumbled upon something that’s worthy of revisiting.

The recording process is pretty straight forward for the most part. We usually go in knowing much of what we want already. We like to lay down the tracks live and then leave some space open for growth and spontaneity. Sometimes the process is quite quick, and other times we may walk away from a song for a bit so that we can come back with fresh ears before adding any (usually subtle) extra vocals or sound enhancements.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Oh, definitely! It’s a singles market, and we always have new songs that we want to share with the world.

Have you started writing for another EP/album yet?

We’re always writing and hashing out new ideas. Creating and moving forward with new ideas is part of the process that gives us a sense of equilibrium. We have some new tunes that we would love to record sometime in the near future, for sure!

It seems like you have a huge range of influences present in your music. What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

We have too many influences to mention them all here!! With that said, here a few: Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, David Bowie, Beck, BMRC, The Verve, Radiohead, R.L. Burnside, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Delores O’Riordan from the Cranberries, Portishead, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, U2, Van Morrison and more.

Recently we have been listening to a lot of blues, rock and soul music.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We are currently based in the High Desert area of Southern California. There’s quite a sizable musician/artist population here, considering the fact that we’re living out in the middle of the desert.

When we moved here a little over 4 years ago there were more places to play. Unfortunately, things have shifted since the pandemic. There are fewer places to play now (although that could change), so we’re in a situation where we’re trying to figure out what to do next. Things are in a state of flux and change. It has also become even more expensive to travel to other states to play. It’s a strange time for sure, but on the bright side, we’re utilizing this time to create more and get better at what we do overall. We have been fortunate in the sense that we get invited to play the occasional private party, which is always fun.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We will be visiting the great state of Arizona in August!

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

They can expect to experience a show where the musicians performing are giving it all that they’ve got. We can be quite emotive and moody, so expect an element of moodiness in the atmosphere. Also, expect to hear some blues-influenced music, along with some psychedelic overtones thrown into the mix for good measure.

Any last words for the fans?

Check out our new album No Return! Follow us on social media and stop by and say hello! Let us know what your favourite song is. Invite us to your town to play! Be safe. Enjoy life to its fullest potential! Thanks for listening and supporting FireBug!