Krakatoa Exclusive: An Interview with Forest Fires

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But first, some context…

Greetings and welcome to the newest edition of Krakatoa’s blog where we talk music, bands and the alternative culture we all love and cherish. Today, we delve into Forest Fires, an alt-rock band from Aberdeen, Scotland who have been part of the grass roots music scene for years gracing us with their peeling guitars, poignant vocals and all set against a backdrop of subtle synthesizers that give their sound an iconic, unique flavor.

They’re a hard working, determined and highly motivated band, and with their debut album ‘Naked Ape’ turning three years old this July they have recently dropped a new single ‘Deadweight’, hinting that a new album is in the works.

The Interview

Most noteworthy was their appearance at Krakatoa’s mighty and epic event- Eruption! Battle of the Bands: The Grand Final. Here, they did not emerge as the final victors, but were no less downbeat about it than when they first found out they made it to the final. Enough teasing. let’s see what they had to say.

Krak: First of all, can you introduce yourselves?

Scott: I’m Scott, I sing and I play the guitar in Forest Fires.

Paul: I’m Paul, I play the guitar in Forest Fires.

Alan: My name is Allen and I play a synthesiser in Forest Fires.

Jack: I’m Jack and I play the Drums in Forest Fires.

Krak: Awesome! How did you guys get together to make Forest Fires?

Scott: Short version, Jack and I have been in forest fires for years and there have been some band member changes… Paul came in when we first began, and Alan came shortly after that.

Paul: Just a mutual love in Rock and roll. [cue laughter]

Krak: Because you just mentioned Rock and Roll, what kind of bands, icons and music genres do you relate to and why?

Alan: As a band, it’s kind of hard because, if you triangulate everybody’s influences, it’s all fairly dull, it’s like your Beatles, Radiohead and all that that everyone has listened to. We try and make things a bit more complex and fun, you guys are more into other types of stuff.

Paul: Yeah, we do enjoy a lot of instrumental music. Although we enjoy Rock, Rube and other classics are quite important.

Krak: How do you feel about being part of the Finals?

Jack: We didn’t really expect to or think we would but it’s a thrill to be here.

Alan: it’s really fun playing in a room full of people, especially at Krakatoa during Battle of the Bands. Our last two gigs here were the most fun we have done.

Krak: Thank you so much! That is amazing to hear.

Paul: It’s really cool because most “Battle of the Bands” [events] are kinda quite awkward of “let’s beat the other team!” but everyone is so nice…

Scott: It’s been an ethos of comradery here.

Krak: That is so wonderful to hear such lovely, lovely things: have you ever been to Krakatoa before? What do you like about it and why?

Scott: My favourite thing about Krakatoa is the Rhubarb Cider

All members: Yas! It is so good!

Scott: Yeah, been here a lot drinking, meeting my friends, seeing other bands.

Allen: Big shout out to the non-Alcoholic Budvar… I was driving along for this gig, and the previous gigs and drank a few of them. Yeah! Very good.

So there you have it. Not only do they showcase talent and a transgressive alt-rock sound, but they’re also very personable and generally down to earth bunch of lads.

Please do check them out if you’re curious; they’re worth a look. And we’ll see you in the next post. ;))

Krakatoa ERUPTION!! Krakatoa ERUPTION Exxxclusive Interview with Ugly Clinic

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Happy Belated Rabbie Burns Night Ya Fantastic Lads n’ Lassies! Although it’s affa Kalt n windy as we settle with our families celebrating Scotland’s Fantastic OG Rocker Rabbie Burns, here is a fantastic example of Punk Rock! During our ERUPTION Battle Of The Bands, the Krakatoa Gang got to meet the fabulously hardcore soulful songstress Chloe, Davie and Richard, AKA Ugly Clinic!

Krakatoa: Hi, thank you very much for coming by. So, tell me about yourselves and how did you guys get together musically?

UC (R): Well Davie and I are like veterans, so Davie came up with the idea that we should try to do an original band since we’ve been playing in cover bands for a while. So he came in contact with me and played one of his songs and I said “Davie, I think you’re onto something here”, so I jumped in and we found the other guys.

UC: I came on board, I was a drummer and played in previous bands and they asked me to come out and gave me the freedom to play what I want and joined in and Chloe-

UC (C): Yeah, I only joined the band late 2019, so it’s my sixth gig with them. So Richard asked me if I wanted to join, did an audition and loved the songs that we’ve played and thought “Yep, that’s for me.”

Krakatoa: That’s amazing! So you’re brand new into the Aberdeen scene as a band?

UC: Yeah, pretty much.

Krakatoa: I would’ve never actually thought that. I thought you’ve been together well professional and everything! Absolutely bang on!

UC (C): Why thank you.

Krakatoa: I was just saying to somebody your style reminds me of Demented Are Go a wee bit… which leads onto our next question: what is your usual style and what music genres and icons inspire you and why?

UC (R): Well for me, it’d be AC/DC, and the classic rock kinda stuff… the main thing since Davie is the song writer is things like the Sex Pistols,

UC (D): The Clash, basically.

UC (C): Punk Rock.

Krakatoa: So very Sid Vicious, full out Fuck-you-Boris kind of vibes?

UCC (C): That’s EXACTLY the kind of vibes you got!

UC: We just then kinda landed with some things with a good catchy chorus.

UC (C): Yeah, something the crowd can sing along to.

Krakatoa: Yeah, I really liked “Bittersweet”. That is my personal favourite one!

UC (C): Oh YEE! I wrote that!!

Krakatoa: For me, as soon as I heard it play- I was like “MOOD!!!”

UC (C): BRILLIANT! That’s what we do. We make songs people relate to and songs everybody can sing along to.

Krakatoa: That is brilliant. Are you guys from Aberdeen?

UC: Nope. Peterhead, well, Jedd lives in Aberdeen.

UC (J): Well, I float about.

Burst of laughs

UC: We still practice in a shed. We meet up every Tuesday, every week -try things out and practice.

Krakatoa: The sheer professionalism and harmony you guys have is like “WOW!”. You guys are new but have this amazing thing going! Something is coming together!

UC (R): We were just saying this the other day! You need that bond because you can practice. But having that bond on stage, you need that connection… If you focus too much on the aesthetic “We’re gonna be pure… We’re gonna be like…. Thrash”, you’re gonna get off that with the audience going “Where’s the tunes, where’s the hook?”. I think you need that sensibility bout you as well and it helps that everybody is interested in different things and THEN mesh those bits together. So hopefully, you end up with your own thing.

Krakatoa: That is solid wisdom right there.

UC (D): It’s from an old man!

Krakatoa: Since you’re from shires, is this your first time coming to Krakatoa?


Krakatoa: And what do you like best?

UC (C): The chilled out vibe. I like how the bands are laid back, the people are laid back and everyone has this metal laid back-ness about them. You feel comfortable coming in, no matter what you look like. It’s a music bar so everybody is here for the music and just enjoys it.

Krakatoa: Thank you very much for your time. I am so privileged and humbled that we popped your interview cherry. I hope you have a brilliant time. You guys rocked everyone’s socks off tonight!

Since then, Ugly Clinic unleashed their Debut Album Untitled During the Lockdown! Tracks so good it gets you into those rockstar vibes from karaoke in quarantine to slaying the work day.