By Ria Burke
Heroes in Hiding are a four-piece folk rock band based in Dublin. They released their ‘Hush’ EP and their single ‘Can’t Dance’ in 2014 to rave reviews and with the release of their next EP in the pipeline, 2015 looks to be a very promising year for the band!
I caught up with the Joe, Liam and Cian from the band for a quick chat about all things musical after their gig playing support to Badger Hill in Whelan’s, Dublin on 4/2/15.
Here’s how it went:
What artist/band has influenced your music the most, in your opinion?
Joe: “Lots of folk music but to pick one, Bon Iver.”
Liam: “Tom Waits, definitely! He might not be one that influenced our own sound as a band but he made me want to do music!”
Cian: “Republic of Loose, even though we don’t sound like them! They were the first band I saw live (playing on a barge on the Liffey) and remember thinking I wanted to do that as my job as well.”
What is your ultimate favourite album?
Liam: “Difficult question but I’d say ‘Graceland’ by Jeff Buckley, it’s incredible!”
Cian: “Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ – breaks my heart everytime I listen to it!”
What was the highlight of the last year for the band?
Joe: “Playing the Whelan’s Ones to Watch Festival a few weeks ago was great! The crowd were fantastic.”
Liam: “Last summer we played Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland which was amazing. The crowd were great – really enthusiastic! It was kind of comforting that we managed to hold a big crowd even though they mostly hadn’t heard our music before the set! The setting was lovely as well.”
If you could play any venue in the world, which would it be and why?
Joe: “Just loads of festivals, we love festivals!”
Liam: “Sydney Opera House – just to hear the reverb.”
Cian: “The main stage at Coachella, I lay on my back and stared at the beautiful Californian stars while Bon Iver serenaded me there in 2012 and it was one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life and I’d love to pass that onto someone else.”
If you could collaborate with any artist/band, dead or alive, who would it be?
Liam: “Tom Waits again.”
Cian: “The Frames – Glen Hansard IS Irish music!!!”
Who is your favourite Irish artist/band?
Liam: “Republic of Loose and Katie Kim.”
Cian: “Glen Hansard.”
Can we expect any changes in the sound of the new EP?
Joe: “We’ve been really finding our own sound. This EP will still be quite folk influenced but we’re experimenting with electronic music a lot more.”
Liam: “Usually Joe writes the lyrics of our songs but for this EP the rest of the band has had a lot more input into the writing of the songs and yeah, we’re incorporating more electronic elements to our music!”
What are your goals for your music in 2015?
Joe: “We’re going into The Mill Recording Studio in Swords in a few weeks to record our next EP with Philip Magee who has worked with The Script, Kodaline and loads of other great musicians so we’re excited about that! Also we’re writing together as a band more often nowadays, Liam is actually taking lead vocal on one of the songs on our new EP. We want to diversify and develop our music. We’re really looking forward to an exciting festival season and to having an EP launch gig in autumn 2015!”
Liam: “To become rich and famous! No, really to record and release the new EP, have a busy festival season with the band and hopefully play some festivals abroad too.”
Cian: “To put out an EP that we are proud of, to hopefully gather some momentum with radio play and to play a few more shows outside of this beautiful country of ours! We’re recording our next EP this month and hope to play some gigs in Dublin in the near future so it’s going to be a busy few months in Heroes In Hiding HQ, but we love that kind of thing so we can’t wait.”
You can listen to Heroes in Hiding’s music on Bandcamp, Itunes, Spotify and YouTube. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, @heroesinhiding .