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The Fireworks

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The band began in secret in 2011 when Matthew would sing some of his songs over the phone lines to his friends. Over time they convinced him to start a real group so everyone could hear them. Close friends Emma (Pocketbooks), Isabel (Things In Herds), and Carys (The Give It Ups) were finally drafted in and The Fireworks began in a burst of noise, snap, crackle and P!O!P!

They immediately started playing gigs — Indietracks, Indiepop Days Berlin and the Nottingham Indiepop Alldayer, and recorded a first session for Dandelion Radio. In 2012 they began recording the “The Fireworks” EP, featuring the tracks “Higher and Higher,” “All The Things That You Said,” “Surprise Me,” and “One Way Traffic.” Carys left after recording the single, but they’ve recently recorded a second Dandelion Radio session with new drummer Shaun (The Wedding Present/The Popguns).

As for their sound, they’re best described as “a magnificent breathtaking display of coruscating, incandescent POP!” Simple catchy songs with blistering qualls of feedback, sharp chiming guitars, rambunctious drums and bass, and Matthew and Emma’s perfectly matched vocals. They feel like a group that was always meant to be, holding the sonic qualities of the past, but very much in the now and completely true to themselves. A beacon of hope in the saturated sea of “copycat” noise pop groups.

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