Introduce yourselves – where are you from and who plays what?
Kingfishers Catch Fire live in London. We are:
Mike Kenna – bass & vocals
Marcus Mozley – drums & vocals
William Robertson – guitar & lead vocals
Describe your sound/lyric style
In a reluctant nutshell: melodic indie-folk. As a band, we have a kind of split personality: in the studio we like to layer our recordings with epic strings, guitars and piano parts (as can be heard on our “Ballerina EP”); for live shows we like to strip it down. The songs can be performed as a three-piece, or simply with an acoustic guitar. That’s how they were written and that’s where the folkier sound comes from. In our poppier moments there’s also a notable ‘60s influence. Two elements, however, are ever-present: close harmonies and strong melodies.
For me, a melody communicates an emotion more powerfully than any number of words. Most of our lyrics weren’t written as a means to beat the listener over the head with a theme or concept, rather to give an impression of a story, to allow them to intuitively feel what they’re about. It’s that abstractness I find so appealing about music – the idea that the sound of the word can be more important than its meaning.
Who are your main influences? What else inspires you?
Our influences include Kate Bush, Mew, R.E.M., Simon & Garfunkel, The Smiths, Sunny Day Real Estate…among others too numerous to mention.
People inspire me to write songs. Great people. They might be people I know, people I meet, or people I’ve never met. I tend to write songs “because of” people rather than “about” them. A girl might inspire a particular melody, a friend a particular lyric, but neither need be explicitly about those people.
What are you working on now?
Promoting our debut release – “Ballerina EP” – which is freely downloadable from our Bandcamp page. We have also just written what will become our first official single. We are very excited about it and aim to release it early next year. Otherwise just working hard on getting our live show as strong as it can be.
Are you touring now? When/where?
We will be booking a tour in the new year to promote the single following its release. In the meantime, our next London show is on Thursday, 17 January at the Underbelly in Hoxton Square (Folk & Dagger night). Come down and say hello!
What can people expect at your live gigs?
We have a bunch of songs we like to perform, including those from our EP and our forthcoming single, as well as some older favourites. We hope to offer the audience an entertaining evening from which maybe they’ll go with a song or two in their head.
Where can people check out your music?
Download “Ballerina EP” for FREE from Bandcamp: http://kingfishers.bandcamp.com/album/ballerina-ep
Like us on Facebook for regular updates on shows and other things: http://www.facebook.com/KingfisherMusic
Watch us on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KingfishersMusic