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Perth pop punk four piece Ready To Fire have been on a high since the arrival of their sophomore EP ‘Without Doubt’ last month. This is what they had to say about it all.

 

1. For someone unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe the Ready To Fire sound?

Upbeat, energetic pop-punk. We love pumping music, especially for live shows. There’s killer guitar solos, smashing drum fills and endless harmonies.

2. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. A peek inside the inner workings of your band if you will.

Writing wise one of the members will usually pitch a riff or drum beat they’ve been working on and then we’ll end up jamming and expanding on it from there. After we’ve recorded us running through a few random jams we sit down and pick out what worked well and start formulating a structure and then discussing ideas for any holes we have. Later on we’ll look into harmonies, catches and anything else we can add or remove from the final version.

3. As far as breakout success is concerned, is it all about the strength of a song or does being in the right musical climate at the right time make all the difference?

Definitely the strength of the song. You could be in the most musically open city in the world but if your songs are awful then you’re not going to get very far. You want to write music that not only impresses audiences but encourages them to sing and dance along. You want them to have a good time. All it takes is one great track or album to make a name for yourself and get the ball rolling.

4. How important is social media to you in regards to engaging with an audience?

Social media is a huge key to musicians in todays environment. It’s a way to speak to all of your fans and deliver them information quickly and easily.

5. What inspired you to take music more seriously?

Seeing so many amazing bands grow and expand. Groups like You Me At Six, Paramore and even local guys like Vice Versa all started out somewhere and we’ve known about them since their early days. The biggest thing about music isn’t just networking and writing amazing songs but it’s also learning from others.

6. What’s spinning on your playlist atm? Any guilty pleasures?

We’re doing an anniversary set of Blink 182’s Mark, Tom and Travis Show at Amplifier in June so at the moment it’s Blink all day, every day. Which is never a bad thing.

7. Are you a fan of keeping the album format alive or do you think there’s more benefit to release singles or EPs with the influence of streaming platforms arguably shortening attention spans?

Done right, albums are incredible. Bring Me The Horizon’s Sempiternal is a perfect example. Every track is amazing with no filler. If you don’t have that, make an EP or single. You should be confident that all of your tracks could wow your audience. At the moment Ready To Fire are sticking to EPs as it enables us to pick our 4 or 5 best tracks and perfect them.

8. When not consumed with all things musical, what do you do to tune out or reset?

For most of us we either play music or go to work. Music is kind of our tune out from the world, it gives us an incredibly fun and positive way to escape from reality and hopefully give that option to our listeners as well.

9. Your single ‘Lost In You’ is doing the rounds right now, what does the immediate future hold?

Immediately we’ve started writing again alongside doing a ton more shows in some bigger venues with some bigger bands. So far in the last few months we’ve supported Young Lions, headlined Amplifier and supported Calm Collected. Our main goal this time round is to produce two or three standout tracks through a single release.

10. Lastly, Prince or Michael Jackson?

MJ. His voice and groove was one few will ever be able to match.

Without Doubt EP out now via all good digital retailers.

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