Interview: The Spitfires are “3 young lads, bursting at the seams with energy and frustration”


Hotly tipped Watford three-piece The Spitfires will be live in London on 08 February supporting Graham Day at the 100 club and then later that night at Nambuca as part of the Cooking Soup Charlatans DJ set.

Their lyrics are  potent and sound vicious, The Spitfires are a classic punk rock band for the 21st Century, re-energising the original sound. 

With songs such as Tell Me, Spark to Start, 2013 and Words to Say, The Spitfires document the frustration and issues that most teenage bands tend to avoid. This in turn sees the band starting to build a following of like-minded souls or have started to turn gigs into events.

They’ve also been part of an advertising campaign for the re-launch of the bespoke classic Baracuta ‘ Harrington ‘ Jacket and next year will be for the world famous Dr. Marten’s , which should tell you that their sharp sense of style hasn’t gone unnoticed right at the very top of the fashion industry.

With a tour and single heading your way in early 2014, The Spitfires are certainly taking flight and will be ones to watch in 2014.

How would you describe the band and what are you aims?

We’re 3 young lads, bursting at the seams with energy and frustration. Our aim is to make records and play gigs, and to make sure we’re seen and heard by as many people as possible.

What are your view’s on the current music scene and who do you see as rival’s and kindred spirits?

I think the current music scene is just bland. There’s no direction and no feeling in music anymore, it’s just a mish mash of different marketing ideas and current trends. The only band that really appeal to me are Arctic Monkeys.

We don’t really see anyone in particular as rivals, the rivals are the people who don’t think Guitar music or a more traditional outlook on music are going to sell or to be popular again.

It’s been a long time since the music scene had a genuine front man with something to say and who influenced a generation. Why do you think this is and when will it change?

I’m not sure really, I think the whole ‘Rock n Roll Star’ image has probably been stolen by Topshop as a fashion rather that anything to do with music. I think people need someone who acts like them, dresses like them and speak about their lives. Whether it’s us or not, that’s not for us to decide. Its for the fans and people who buy the music to decide.

You have an extensive tour lined up, anything you are looking forward to in particular?

Yeah I’m looking forward to playing anywhere really – The hometown gigs (Nambucca and 100 Club) are going to be great as we’ve not played in London for a while. We’re also going abroad for the very first time to Spain which i’m looking forward to as well.

What are the bands plan for the next few months other than touring?

We are recording a single this month which is set to be released in March but other than that we’ll be writing and rehearsing to make sure those gigs are as good as they possibly can be.

How are you perceived amongst your peers?

Well there’s those who get it and those who don’t. More and more young people are latching on to the idea that music is maybe a thing of the ‘Glory Days’ that they missed out on, but it doesn’t have to be that way. 1966, 1979 and 1994 have all been spoken or sung about – who’s gonna sing about 2014?

You are playing 2 gigs on Feb 8th with Graham Day and Martin Blunt. What does this mean to the Band? Have you been influenced by The Prisoners & the Charlatans?

It’s great to play with people who have been there and done it and understand what we’re going through as a young band trying to push forward. And we appreciate what they have done to get where they are.

Don’t miss The Spitfires in London on 08 February, either supporting Graham Day live at The 100 Club, or later that night live at Nambuca for The Charlatans DJ Set

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