In a year that has brought us some pretty cool music, Bonfire Nights are getting ready to lay down some stellar psych vibes on all of us. Reminds me of some of the best bands currently taking over the world , I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album in just a few days , seriously talented band.
A cacophonous smoking menace filled with pulsing psych grooves. With a combination of raw, piercing guitars, layered drones and hypnotic beats, Bonfire Nights emits a wall of sound on stage but also reveal an underlying pop savvy with a penchant for melodic hooks and boy-girl harmonies.
They have shared the stage with a number of like-minded acts, including The Drones, Pond, The Underground Youth, DZ Deathrays, The Black Belles, The KVB and Lola Colt.
For those unfamiliar with your history, can you tell us why you decided to give this whole music thing a shot?
Ruth: I don’t think it was conscious decision, it’s just something that evolved for both of us. I was bitten by the urge to play music as a kid and joined my first band in high school. Steve and I had already been knocking around in bands for years when we started writing songs together. It was a natural progression for us.
Steve: I got my first guitar when I was in Uni and my studies really suffered after that. All I wanted to do was be in a band.
Who would you list as your musical influences?
Steve: I tend to find that I’m more influenced by particular songs and ideas, rather than specific bands – I’m a bit of a musical magpie. But in saying that, there are general elements of this album that were influenced by the sounds of Air, Neu and Wooden Shjips.
Ruth: When I started writing music with Steve for Bonfire Nights, I was listening a lot to The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground. I liked the idea of noisy, piercing guitars over a constant backbeat.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Ruth: Playing at SXSW and touring in the States has definitely a highlight.
Steve: Yeah, for sure. The best part of that tour was playing a college house-party in Philadelphia with some friends that invited us over. Probably one of our most fun experiences as a band.
What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Ruth: Escape to the country, somewhere isolated, and record another album.
Steve: Yeah, I’m looking forward to doing another album. Hoping to do a bit of touring in Europe as well.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Ruth: I’ve been listening to the Duke of Burgundy soundtrack by Cat’s Eyes on repeat these past few months. It’s so lush and captivating. I also can’t stop listening to Tender Buttons by Broadcast, it’s become an all-time favourite for me.
Steve: Well, some of these are old, but I’ve only just discovered them so they are new to me: Fela Kuti – Zombie, Goat – World Music, King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard – I’m in Your Mind Fuzz, Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie, Kikagaku Moyo – Forest of Lost Children.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Ruth: I think it’s an unfortunate fact of life for bands now. It can be useful for connecting directly with people, but you have to be careful that it doesn’t consume too much of your time and energy.
Steve: It’s a pain in the ass. But at least it means your music is easily accessible to people who want to hear it.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
Ruth: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. It’s hard not to read what people are writing about your music. You just gotta take it in your stride and only listen to the stuff that is constructive or has meaning.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
Steve: South America would be great, especially Argentina and Chile. Would be awesome to combine touring with a bit of travelling.
Ruth: I wanna go to Mexico! And I’ve always wanted to tour Japan – we’ve travelled there before on holiday, but never played.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Ruth: Music is a good reason to get up each morning, but it’s just one aspect of life. There are many outlets through which we can be creative.