Credit: Rory Barnes
Glasgow-based indie pop band False Friends bring their strong melodies and massive choruses to new single - and live favourite - 'Dress Like A Tourist' released today, April 20.
Who are you?
I am Corrie McCusker, bassist of False Friends. The other band members are Jonny Kirwan on vocals and rhythm guitar; lead guitarist Fearghal McMahon; Anna Doody on piano, synth, backing vocals, and finally, Callum Little, drums.
Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.
Most of us are originally from Omagh, Co.Tyrone in Ireland and we met our drummer Callum when we moved to Glasgow; he is from East Kilbride. Anna moved to Glasgow for university and she got us a gig here for our previous band, Don’t Shoot. When we came here for the gig, Fearghal and Jonny got offered a job in a pub and decided that they would stay. I followed about five months later.
Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.
Glasgow had a huge draw for us because probably our biggest collective influence is Frightened Rabbit, and the city seemed to really nurture that indie/folk style of song-writing that we love. We all listen to and take influence from a lot of different artist such as Pinegrove, The National, Arcade Fire and Manchester Orchestra. Although not really sounding like anyone who influences us, we kind of create a blend of indie pop rock which we have become comfortable with.
Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.
I think we all approach writing a bit differently, but we all bring ideas for songs to a practice session and go through them, see what works and take it from there. When we have songs written, we record demos and listen back to them and make changes, which I find a really good way of working.
Tell us a little about your new single.
Our new single ‘Dress Like A Tourist’ is about trying to fit in, and almost succeeding at it. We recorded it in Magic Box, Dundee with producer/ engineer Scotty Anderson. The track features double vocals from Jonny and Anna as the contemplative lyrics explore what it is like to traverse one of the most exciting music scenes in the world.
Obviously at this time we won't be able to catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows, but can you tell us what you may have pencilled in otherwise for the rest of the year?
Yeah, we are playing the Stag & Dagger festival which has just announced the rearranged date of Sunday 29th November. We are also set to play Party at the Palace on the 8th August - all being well of course. We have a few shows coming up later in the year, but they have yet to be officially announced, so keep an eye on our socials for those.
Where can we hear more of your music?
We released our debut EP ‘A Great Day For The Parish’ in November of last year, which is on Spotify. and is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
What social media platforms can we find you on?
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram