Would you care to introduce yourself?
Hiya! We’re called Miracle Strip. Our real names are Fergus, Malcolm and Andy. But if you’d prefer to keep thing formal, you can call us Miracle Strip. We released out debut single, ‘Girl Gang’ (b/w ‘Stephanie On The Moon’) on sexy 7” white vinyl via our own label Simply Thrilled Records in October 2013.
How would you describe the music you make?
Neu-pop, which for the time being remains a genre of one because, well, we made it up. We’re very admiring of/to some extent influenced by the New Pop bands of the early 80s – that bit when post-punk got a haircut and started wearing smart suits and singing about girls and stuff. But we wouldn’t dare compare ourselves to Orange Juice, The Associates, OMD etc. So we put that German spin on it, in honour of some of the Krautrock bands we love – Kraftwerk, Can, Neu! (obviously). Big synths/drum machines, high ambition, low budget. Does that make any sense? Probably not.
How did you start out making music?
Andy and Malcolm had played in numerous bands together in Glasgow and Fergus used to play in Dirty Summer, a noisy pop band he formed when he was still in high school, who made one album then split up. About a year ago he asked Andy and Malcolm to help him develop some demos that he’d recorded in his kitchen. They said “yeah fine” and that was pretty much that. We’ve since overcome such adversities as getting our gear nicked, twice.
What process goes into the way you write songs?
Our songs will usually begin with Fergus writing and recording a rough demo on an 8-track. In the studio we’ll listen to it as a group and then work on crafting it into a fully-formed song – adding bonus melodies, harmonies and swooshing noises.
What can people expect from your live shows?
Energy, clapping, happy feelings. Shirts patterned with foodstuffs.
What are you all listening to at the moment?
Old: Simple Minds, Shuggie Otis, Arthur Russell, Felt, Chairmen Of The Board, Fleetwood Mac. New: John Maus, The Radio Dept, Omar Souleyman, Arcade Fire, Azure Blue, Glenn & Glenn.
What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?
The rest of 2013’s looking quiet due to various travel plans, but hopefully we’ll be doing lots of gigs, festivals and so on next year, though nothing confirmed as yet.
You can buy our single here.