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Smack My Botch Up
On the eve of the release of their new album Unfaithfully Yours, Edwin McFee catches up with Derry four-piece General Fiasco to hear about their label change, their new bandmate and how they beat that difficult second album syndrome.
Edwin McFee, 29 Aug 2012
“Transitioning to two guitars was a smooth process,” Owen begins. “When we first started out we were actually a four-piece, but that was before people starting coming to our gigs and stuff. Our drummer Stephen used to be our guitarist and the original drummer moved to America, so for whatever reason we decided to play on as a trio. I always missed having another person in the group. Guitar, bass and drums can be quite restrictive and I don’t think we would’ve made another album that way. There’s a better dynamic now. As a band we were changing anyway and we wanted to make a record that moves a little differently. The first one was very Jimmy Eat World/Weezer-y rock and had elements of pop-punk in there. That was down to being younger and wanting everything to sound fast and loud and impress people who came to the gigs, but we didn’t feel like that this time around. We were just focused on the song and didn’t think about how it would sound live or what people’s opinions would be of it.”
Unfaithfully Yours also marks another milestone in the band’s life – they’ve switched record labels from Infectious to Dirty Hit. Was the departure from their previous home amicable?
“Depending on how you look at it, you can get positives and negatives,” he ponders. “We had a romance period with a few labels when we were first starting out and it was Infectious who wanted us the most. They worked hard for us and we massively appreciate it. They gave us plenty of time to get songs together and we wrote a hell of a lot of tracks, but ultimately it wasn’t their bag. We still have a lot of respect for them though, as they helped us get to where we are now.”
While the band have been dealing with more than their fair share of behind-the-scenes shuffling, you’d never realise it from the outside looking in. As far as Owen and the rest of the boys are concerned, it’s business as usual for the four-piece. In fact, at the time of our interview, they’ve just finished a recent jaunt around NI as part of the Olympics Torch Relay Concerts.