Maria Savva Interviews… Set The Fuse

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I came across this band on Twitter. I enjoyed listening to their music on SoundCloud and ReverbNation. They’re very talented. If you like alternative rock/melodic rock, you’ll love them!

I invited them here to chat about their current plans.


INTERVIEW with Joe Storer of  SET THE FUSE

How long has the band been together and how did you meet?

We’ve been together for about a year and we met in the pub actually. I occasionally work in my dad’s pub since moving to North Wales which happened to be Dan’s local, we got chatting and we were both looking to start a band. Dan knew Gav from a while ago as they’d played together before so he got in touch and it went from there really. I remember playing Plug in Baby by Muse as our first ever song and I think we all knew we had something going from that.

Which bands have influenced Set The Fuse’s sound?

We all have different influences and we’re bringing that together to create what we think is a pretty unique sound. Musically, my main influence is probably Biffy Clyro but there’s a bit of hardcore in there and some lighter stuff too. However, I’m a huge Smiths and Morrissey fan and this definitely comes through on the vocals. Dan is heavily influenced by the “80′s drum sound” as he calls it and anything that’s a bit mad and frantic! Gav probably has his biggest influence from heavier bands and loves to throw in some heavy sounding bass lines. As you can probably tell, there’s quite a mix of influences to our sound really and we’re just trying to knit it all together to create something that’s a bit different yet familiar and catchy.

You have a few songs posted on sites such as ReverbNation and SoundCloud. They’re great! Any plans to release an EP or album?

Definitely an E.P in the summer, we recorded the songs on the web pretty early on and we’ve improved so much as a band and as songwriters, we can’t wait to get back in the studio and lay down some of our newer tracks.


You are playing the Bulldog Bash in August, which is quite a big festival. How did that come about? Are any of you motorcycle fans?

I know, it’s a pretty big festival so we can’t wait to play it, I’m not a motorcycle fan at all to be honest and I don’t think Dan or Gav are either! Gav arranged the gig for us, I’m afraid there’s no interesting tale to it really, he contacted them and sent them over a few tracks and they replied offering us a slot there. Definitely one to look forward to.

That’s great. I’m sure you’ll get some new fans when you play there!


Who writes the songs for Set The Fuse or is it a joint effort? What inspires the songs?

I tend to write the spine of the songs on my acoustic at home, I’m a huge believer that if a song can be played acoustically and it still sounds OK then it’s a good track, even the heavier songs of ours can be brought down to an acoustic level and we do actually have an acoustic version for most of our stuff.  I generally start playing something I’ve written at rehearsals and we can have a full band version within ten minutes or so. Dan and Gav are brilliant at what they do and they just come up with lines for the bass and drums in an instant, I don’t know how they do it, it takes me ages to write songs! Anyway, overall it’s a collective effort in writing.

As far as inspiration, I’m a sucker for a catchy riff or melody. I’m never looking to play any huge solos or have my guitar drenched in effects. I like the good old fashioned structure of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, etc., so I tend to stick to that and keep the sound simple. As far as inspiration for lyrics goes, I can keep pretty brief. I’m a dedicated people watcher so in short, people inspire my lyrics! Although there are a few personal ones thrown in there.

People watching is the sign of a great writer :)

If you could play any venue in the world, which would you choose and why?

It’s a tough one this really, I don’t really have a “dream” gig but I suppose it would be amazing to play a huge festival like Reading and Leeds, purely because everybody is there for the same reason, to listen to music and enjoy themselves, regardless of what you’re into, everyone gives all music a chance at festivals


What do you think of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter?

I think the word is necessary, the Internet is clearly the main way that people communicate in today’s world and it’s such a good way to reach so many people that would never hear your music otherwise. I remember hearing that Enter Shikari got their break purely through the amount of reach their MySpace had so it proves it can really help you. Luckily, we have a tech expert in Gav so he is in charge of most of the online stuff.


When you buy music do you prefer downloads or CDs?

I do both, although my heart lies with CDs, nothing  beats having a physical copy in your hands and I love artwork so I’d go for CDs. Downloads are very convenient though, it’s pretty cool that you can think of a song and have it in minutes on your phone or whatever you are using

Yes, I love the convenience of downloads, too, and agree about the artwork on CDs, and it used to be great when we could get CDs with all the lyrics in :)

Any other news you’d like to share?

Look out for us in 2014, we plan on traversing the land and playing many gigs this year! Thanks to Gav the tech man we have an official site and any gigs will be posted on there. Keep an eye out for us and give us a shout if we’re passing through!

Thanks, Joe! I’m looking forward to hearing the new music :)

Band Bio and Links

Joe Storer: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Gav Lawton: Bass, Vocals
Dan Howard: Drums, Vocals


Get a Free Download of 5 Set The Fuse songs on BandCamp:

The band say: “We’re a 3 piece band formed in Bodelwyddan, near Rhyl in North Wales. Creating a huge, guitar-driven sound with catchy riffs and hooks. Joe fronts the band with vocals, guitar and piano. Gav plays the Bass and backs up the vocals and Dan plays the Drums and also backs up with vocals. Our aim is to create an energetic live show and to simply get people enjoying live music.”



Maria Savva


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  1. Thanks for another great interview, Maria! More music for my wish list. :)

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