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Festival 2012 - Interviews

MAKING THEIR WAY TO STORNOWAY ON THE ROAD TO STARDOM

Kassidy

It's not quite been overnight success, but it has been quite a rise to fame for Kassidy.

Formed just three years ago, the Glasgow four-piece have an ever-growing fan base and are achieving more critical acclaim following the recent release of their second album, One Man Army.

"Yes, it's all going according to plan so far", says Lewis Andrew, who along with Hamish Fingland, Barrie James O'Neill and Chris Potter makes up Kassidy.

The bad, who headline the Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer, recorded the new album at the famous Rockfield Studios, near Monmouth in Wales, which saw them follow in the footsteps of the likes of Queen, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and Black Sabbath. During the session Andrew played the grand piano on which Freddie Mercury recorded Bohemian Rhapsody.

Like their previous album, Hope St, One Man Army was recorded with long-time collaborator Thomas McNeice and mixed at the Abbey Road studios by McNeice and Mike Crossey, who has worked with Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys and Two Door Cinema Club.

Lewis said: "It was a fun process, we recorded live at Rockfield Studios, a legendary studio with an amazing history and it was incredible being there and managing to capture live performances.

"It's Kassidy, but I think the songwriting has greatly matured and the sound is sonically huge."

The band brought together four close friends with diverse musical interests, who were involved in various bands and projects in their native Glasgow, before collaborating as an occasional acoustic collective.

After deciding to pursue the project seriously, they rented a disused recording studio on the city's Southside which they set up as an artistic space where they could also sleep while working.

The set up still works, despite an Old Firm divide with Barrie being a Celtic fan and Chris following Rangers.

"Yeah it's working out great", said Lewis. "I don't follow football but Barrie and Chris like it. However, it's a game in the end, and I don't think a game could cause a feud between them."

Despite still being a relatively new band, they have experience of playing both Glastonbury and T in the Park. However, at HebCelt, which runs from 11-14 July, they will headline for the first time, sharing top billing with The Waterboys and The Proclaimers.

Lewis said: "I am looking forward to getting back up North, there's a real strong love for music there and it's amazing to play for people who really love their music.

"We've never headlined a festival so I don't know if it will be that much different. We will just blast out the best and loudest thing we can..."

Is the 'Celtic' element of HebCelt important to the band? "I think it's important just to play your music everywhere, it could be in space and I'd feel it was important", said Andrew.

"I'm looking forward to seeing The Waterboys and I've never seen The Proclaimers live so that will be great too."