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Blades Of Glory
Interview and track from our Bulmers Berry 'Music' winners.
Dave Hanratty, 06 Oct 2011
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The Bulmers Berry ‘Who’s Hiding In The Undergrowth?’ competition gave bands across Ireland the opportunity to get their voices (and music) heard. Upon spying his chance on hotpress.com, Swords drummer Ian Frawley didn’t hesitate, quickly submitting ‘Chasm’, a ridiculously up-tempo affair that sports psychedelic synth work, disco beats and some deceptively caustic vocals. It’s the kind of song that refuses to leave your head for hours, almost smug at just how damn hooky it is. The judging panel was suitably impressed.
“When you get down to the final two acts and realise that people who are really into their music have judged you, it’s brilliant,” Ian enthuses. “Then when you get on to your supporters, friends and fans and get a massive reaction then it’s brilliant on two levels.”
One determined “social networking onslaught” later and the Dublin-based band were crowned deserving champions. While there is a subtle darkness to their music, it is undeniably infectious. Do they consider themselves a pop band?
“In some cases we’re ultra-pop,” offers Ian, to the brief bemusement of his bandmates. “I guess because of the vocals, there’s an element that joins all the songs together and keeps it the same band. You can only be labelled by what you put out, though. We’ve put out three electro pop songs and even if we are at our most indie/heavy kind of stuff, there is an element of trying to put effects in there and make it more hook-driven, so there is a common thread of pop but sometimes it can be a lot darker. Our minds are a lot darker, certainly.”
“The songs that you’re still singing after your first listen, just around your house… they’re pop songs, right?” ventures vocalist and keyboard player Diane Anglim. “They’re in your head, they’re popular. If the lyrics are shit in a pop song then I don’t have any regard for it. Bruno Mars, I think his songwriting is amazing, really, but some of his songs are crap because his lyrics are crap.”