Static Union's lead guitarist James Harker talks plans for the future
- Kirstyn Smith
- 17 May 2017
Teenage indie four-piece are turning heads with their new sounds
Four teenagers from Glasgow are creating noises to make people sit up and listen. Static Union, who released their latest single, 'Finally', in May, are looking at a headline set at Sneaky Pete's in June. Influenced by the National, Arcade Fire, Joy Division and the Smiths, they're fans of the occasional anthemic banger and write songs made to be played live and loud. We caught up with lead guitarist / vocalist James Harker to have a blether about their musical peers, the creative process, and how they'd really describe their sound.
On their sound
The next best thing since The Village People.
On the creative process
Sean's been a singer-songwriter for years, so the band started with the four of us and a book full of tunes that he'd written. He still writes all the songs now, but creatively there's a lot more give and take with the rest of us. I think as we grow as a band the creative stamp that everyone's individual musicianship and style has on our songs is becoming more and more evident.
On their Scottish music peers
Shout-out to Glasgow's Crow's Feet – they're the loveliest and Fauves are the grooviest.
On the Scottish music scene
I think (like mostly everywhere) there's a lot of great music being made in Scotland at the moment. As someone who's really passionate about music it's frustrating to see a band I love not get the recognition I think they deserve, but on the other hand, it's great when you do see some young Scottish bands getting high-profile gigs and climbing up the ladder.
On what to expect from them next
We've got a few tunes in the pipeline for release, as well as a headline gig at Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh and a slot on the XpoNorth showcase in Inverness. We're using the summer to experiment with new sounds and keep on writing.
Static Union play King Tut's, Glasgow, Sat 27 May; Mad Hatters, Inverness, Wed 7 Jun; and Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Jun.