Felt Cute Fest (Might Delete Later) Q&A: Future Fires

Future Fires have found a musical niche for themselves which is inhabited by the very definition of ‘infectious’. The Birmingham rock outfit have demonstrated time and again their ability to craft tunes with a distinctive earworm potential, as infectious in their guitar-powered harmonics as they are potentially anthemic and relatable in their lyrics. Now, as they look forward to taking their music back to live stages after the end of the lockdown, they are looking to add further complexities to their already layered sound, and it’s certainly going to be a very interesting ride onwards.

Q. Tell us something about what inspires your creative process, and the mood you try to create with your music.

A. Our music is inspired by a variety of things: moods, emotions, observations and experiences. It’s hard to pinpoint one thing as every song is different but we like to try and capture the intensity of relationships and create a mood of excitement, elation and reflection.

Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

A. Big, bold and brimming full of energy.

Q. You come from Birmingham, which is a great place to be for rock music right now. Can you tell us more about your engagement with the local scene, and what you love about it?

A. The Birmingham scene is great; there are lots of cool bands with their own sound and aesthetic. The great thing is everyone is accepted regardless of genre and style and there is room for everyone to breathe and express themselves.

Q. Have you been working on something new recently, and what are your plans for the second half of the year?

A. We’ve been working on a little acoustic project during lockdown and our singer, Adam, has been penning some new songs we are going to try and flesh out over the coming months and we are planning on releasing our debut EP around Christmas time.

Q. If you could choose your dream venue to play after reopening, what would it be?

A. We’d like to play somewhere with a bit of archaic character. Somewherelike Hull City Hall, it looked amazing during Liam Gallagher’s MTV unplugged session.

Q. What do you think about the music community’s response to the lockdown? Have you been taking part in any projects?

A. The community’s response has been fantastic, it really shows you how creative and philanthropic the community is. We’ve been involved in a few events including raising money to help keep the Sunflower Lounge open and have performed for a few other online music festivals.

Q. The lockdown has been an occasion to reflect collectively on mental health, especially for those who drew strength and support from live music. Have these themes been part of your reflections and songwriting recently?

A. Mental health has always been a part of our songwriting. For our singer, Adam, songwriting itself is a way to stay healthy and help process his trauma, demons, hopes and fears. Our most recent single Halway Down takes its title from an episode of Bojack Horseman and deals with the self destructiveness of a young adult and how lust and obsession can lead to some dark places. We feel it is necessary to talk about these issues and share our experiences with the community so they themselves can reflect, heal and grow.

Q. You have described your music as being about “love, life, and languishing in the modern age”. Can you tell us more about that, and the feeling you are trying to capture?

A. Love is amazing, complex, intense and sometimes dangerous. We want to try and capture all of those aspects and give an honest account of our perspective and experiences set to a loud and lively beat that gets people bouncing and dancing.

Q. What have grassroots venues meant for you in your personal experience? Can you tell us something about a grassroots music venue that is particularly dear to you, or that helped shape your love of music?

A. Grassroots venues are the life and soul of our community. They are often run by people who have a deep love and passion for (live) music and want to see the community grow and succeed. Birmingham has so many of these venues such as Muthers, Mama Roux’s and the Sunflower lounge. If you want to open your mind to something new and possibly see some of the stars of tomorrow, then head down to one of these places when live music returns.

Q. What is, to you, the most exciting thing about playing in a digital festival?

A. The most exciting thing to us about playing any festival, is the potential to engage with new people, be it musicians, fans or industry folk. If you enjoy what you hear from us then drop us a message on one of our socials.

Future Fires are playing on Saturday, July 25th at 7:00 PM.