Graham McCusker and Amy Webber, otherwise KAZE, are hitting us with their new retro-pop single, Fierce, which will also come with a mini-tour that includes Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The band spoke with The Fountain about Graham’s past as head chorister at Paisley Abbey as well their gig with Janice Forsythe at the Spree Festival.
TF: A new single release, you must be excited?
Yes, we are!! It’s so exciting showing the world more of our music and hopefully an insight into our passion and songwriting style. It’s a song all about finding your inner strength to fight injustices and seems more fitting now than ever. You’ll see the two characters in the video – the one who’s the underdog and then in the chorus, her stronger side comes through with a kick and a shove and a ‘it’s time to fight back’ message!
TF: And what reception has it had so far?
Fierce has been played on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Oxford and Amazing Radio so far, so we’re chuffed with that – hopefully more radio play to come, too. Someone described it as spooky and Kate Bush-like, someone else said it was ‘intense storytelling’ and someone else got Elbow-vibes.
TF: Where did you draw your musical inspiration from, has it come half from Paisley, half from Kent?
Hmmm, a tough one. Graham is the main musical leader in the band and that draws from many influences, including being head chorister at Paisley Abbey. His father, for instance, is a full time singer with Scottish Opera. Although, Graham loves loads of different genres, from Verdi and Miles Davis-to Steely Dan and Foo Fighters. Amy’s love of performing and singing came when she lived in Japan as a youngster. Always being the ‘odd one out’ at school actually made her sort of enjoy being in the limelight.
TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?
Yes, we are promoting the new single release with a mini-tour to Scotland and a gig in Manchester. We’ll be hitting Edinburgh at Sneaky Pete’s on 24th April, Glasgow’s The Hug and Pint on 25th April and then our home-city, Manchester at The Castle Hotel on the 27th April.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
Last October, we went up to Scotland and did a live performance on air for the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. It was in the Spiegeltent as part of the Spree Festival. The venue was absolutely stunning and atmospheric. Being live on air brings an extra nerve or two to the performance but we loved performing to radio listeners and a live audience all at once. After our songs, we also had an interview with Janice which was great fun because both Amy and Graham LOVE chatting!