Kassidy have attracted a sizeable following since releasing debut Hope St. in May last year, leading to a sold-out gig at Glasgow’s world-famous Barrowland venue in December.
Now the four-piece are back with new album One Man Army, and we talked to vocalists/guitarists Barrie-James O'Neill and Lewis Andrew to find out all about it.
Just before we talked to them the group played a very special guerrilla gig at The Hydro – the hugely anticipated Glasgow arena for live music which is still under construction and won’t be opened until later next year.
Lewis told us: “We got to climb up about a 100/150 feet on a construction site with the guitars, and it was quite a bizarre situation.”
Barrie added: “It’s not every day you get to climb up with guitars and talk to workies who look to be building a magnificent venue.
“That big stand in the middle, that stretches the highest – all the workies up there were watching us, and shouting things. It was worth it, it was good fun.”
So, turning to the album that came out Monday, is there a difference between One Man Army and their previous release?
Barrie answered: “The difference between this album to the last album is that it was all recorded live, whereas Hope St. was more of a tracking thing, more obsessed about getting the perfect sound of a song.
“With this album it was more about nailing the atmosphere of a song. It involved us just playing for 12 hours a day, even if it was the same song or a different song. We were just trying to get the best atmosphere of a song.”
Lewis explained: “We recorded it live at Rockfield Studios which is in Wales. We gave ourselves a week to record a few tracks, and if there was any extra tracks it was just a bonus.
“We got off to a slightly slow start, but by the seventh day we had recorded an album.”
- One Man Army is out this week. For more information on Kassidy visit kassidymusic.com
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