For Fans Of: As December Falls / Yours Truly / Against The Current
Since their 2020 inception, Autumn Fires have not only released a number of great pop punk tracks, but they’ve booked a string of lives shows with UK bands downcast and Royals. We sit down with the band following their most recent track, ‘Escape Route’, to chat about recording, honorary members and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Let’s pretend you’re setting up a dating profile here – tell us about the band.
Charlotte: We are based in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London, and our band formed at the start of 2020. Myself and Callum formed Autumn Fires off the back of a previous band exit, and it was such a blessing because we knew what sound we wanted and were excited to throw ourselves into it and into our music. We’ve met some amazing people and have such a strong lineup now, we are so proud of our band and the relationship we have as a group.
Do you remember your first music-related goosebumps moment? Can you share it with us?
Charlotte: The first “goosebumps” moment for me was when I recorded our first single ‘Under Starlight’ in Callum’s little home studio in his shed! We were going in with open minds and we heard it and thought oh f*** yeah this is something we are proud of!
If you could pick one artist as an honorary band member, who would it be?
Charlotte: It has to be the whole of the band Royals, they are such amazing guys and are always helping us and guiding us. We are huge fans of them and they’re a big part of our Autumn Fires family for sure!
Neil: My honorary artist would probably be Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low. I’m a massive fan of theirs anyways, but I think he’s an incredible songwriter and I feel like I’d learn a lot from him!
You recently released ‘Escape Route’. Who did you work with and what was it like in the studio?
Charlotte: For ‘Escape Route’ we worked with Luke Smithson, a fantastic producer and a close friend. The process was amazing, he is so talented and passionate about what he does and he really believes in your musical ability and sculpting the sound we were aiming for. I have a lot of respect for his songwriting. He was a big fan of the song when we approached him with it, especially the lead at the start. The process was fantastic because his voice is awesome and he helped me get the tone I wanted, and me and Neil especially had such a laugh working with him.
What’s the coolest thing a fan’s ever done for you?
Neil: This would also be my goosebump moment but in my other band, a fan of ours actually covered one of our songs on their Instagram and tagged us in it. It was so surreal and humbling to watch someone from another country cover a song that I had written in my bedroom a year before!
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… is a hotdog a sandwich?
Charlotte: A hotdog isn’t a sandwich, otherwise a burger would be a sandwich too surely?? If you can have an ice cream sandwich then maybe it is a sandwich I guess? Now you’ve got me questioning everything!
Neil: I’m gonna go with a solid no on that one.. there’s no real logic to my answer, but just no.
Ryan: I’m gonna say yes to a hotdog being a sandwich but it has to have bbq sauce on it!
Rising to the challenge, Autumn Fires have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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