HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH FLASHFIRES
Who are Flasfires? Where you’re from, how you met, how long have you been playing together etc
Flashfires are a 5 piece Indie-Rock group originating from Basingstoke. Alex Gonzato, Fraser Roskilly, Jon Cullis and Toby Bartlett all met in primary school before forming a band in their parents garage at 12 years old. I (Liam Kinslow) joined 2 years later after they watched me play with another school band, we all clicked straight away. Now we're 23 performing bigger shows with better songs.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
Toby came up with the band name after a long list of others were dismissed. At the time it didn't mean a lot, we just liked the way it sounded. Now I think it gives a good impression of what to expect from us.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
Alex: God damn sexy mother f**kers
Who are your biggest influences musically?
The 2000s alt-rock scene is what we grew up on, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon. However our influences go way back to the 60s with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin. Also I need to mention Queen and INXS for Alex.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
The craziest thing that's happened to us was when our manager travelled from the USA to watch us perform at The Dublin Castle in London; well he turned up with Jimmy Page. They arrive 5 minutes before we're playing so we all start sh*tting bricks. Next thing you know we're talking to Jimmy and he's telling us how much he enjoyed the show. Still, looking out into the crowd to see Jimmy Page staring back at you is one of the most bizarre and nerve racking experiences we've had.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Supporting Arctic Monkeys on their upcoming tour would be insane. They've been such a huge influence on our music, plus playing at the O2 Arena wouldn't be so bad.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Alex (Vocals): Freddie Mercury
Fraser (Lead Guitar): John Mayer
Jon (Rhythm Guitar): Keith Richards
Liam (Bass): James Jamerson
Toby (Drums): Ryan Saunders
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
We bring everything we've got to our shows and I think that the crowd can see that, we're here to entertain.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
A couple of years ago we would huddle in a circle and recite the lords prayer, none of us are religious. Now we just write the set list, smash out the songs, then have a drink at the bar.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Fraser: Champagne on tap from Mars!
Toby: 7 Up Sugar Free
Liam: A chocolate finger
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Alex: Abba - Guilty Pleasure
Jon: Hugh Jackman - Greatest Showman
Toby: Michel Thomas - Disc 3, Lesson 1
Liam: Basement Jaxx - Romeo
Fraser: Girlicious - Like me
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band?
Alex occasionally buys toys but he calls them 'models'.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
You can find us on most of the social medias, links below:
Our website is under maintenance but when it's back up and running you'll find it on of the pages above.
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
An EP is going to be released the end of May, it's going to contain a few tracks from the recordings we did in California. They've been in storage for a while so it's going to be really exciting to let the world hear them. Once it's out you'll be able to hear it in all the usual places, Spotify etc. After that we're really gonna push the Flashfires name into peoples unsuspecting faces.
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,16 November
The Old Queens Head,28 November
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,29 November
93 Feet East,30 November
The Jazz Cafe,03 December
THE GRACE ,06 December