We sent over a bunch of questions for Marvel Heights to answer, to coincide with their release of their debut EP ‘Make No Waves’ (http://cleanslatemusic.org/2012/01/25/ep-review-marvel-heights-make-no-waves/). Singer Sarah Dyer kindly sent them back just in time for it all to be published on Burns Night.
Clean Slate Music: For those who won’t be familiar with you yet, please introduce yourselves and what Marvel Heights is all about?
Marvel Heights: We started writing our own music while still in school, but since we’ve had a few member changes and really evolved – the five of us have grown up a lot too. We think we bring a lot of honest but powerful energy to our shows, and we differentiate ourselves from other local bands with our differing influences within the band. These go from The Strokes to Sigor Ros to Taking Back Sunday.
CSM:It’s an interesting band name is there a story behind the name?
MH: We really wish there was! It really just came from having to choose a name in about say, ten minutes to enter a talent show, and our singer Sarah suggested Marvel, relating to the comics. We’ve never really looked back since, it stuck, as it was pretty different to other names we had heard. It would feel strange to be called something else, it’s got so much history as we came up with it when we were so young.
CSM: Make No Waves is your debut EP, which is a real cracker, is it everything you hoped it would be?
MH: We’re really very happy with the E.P, as we got to work with producer Chris Gordon, who just understood exactly what we wanted to say. The songs all relate to us coming together as a band, and the territory that comes with. That’s when it all gels, when the vibes are all right, the songs make sense musically and lyrically for us.
CSM: The Scottish music scene is amazing at the moment with bands like Biffy, Twin Atlantic and The Xcerts leading the way, how big an inspiration is this to you guys?
MH: People really underestimate Scottish bands, but with such bands as the ones you’ve named, the scene has never been stronger, which is great for bands trying to make their mark. It’s just the beginning, which is a great inspiration for us.
CSM: Any plans to tour south of the border?
MH: For sure. The plan is to play as many Scottish shows as we can, hopefully this will give us more confidence playing down south, where the competition really heats up.
CSM: You seem to be in a nice little group of bands coming through with others like So Many Animal Calls, Lightguides, Make Sparks, The King Hats and Part Wind Part Wolf to name but a few. Is there a good camaraderie between bands?
MH: There’s definitely an energy shared yes! They all have that in common, it’s a real show, and I think everyone relates to that. We recently played with Carnivores at King Tut’s along with So Many Animal Calls, and Kenny had some interesting vocal warm ups that we joined in on…guy has a set of lungs!
CSM: Do you have plans to record a full album soon?
MH: Eventually we’d love to, right now it’s about just playing as many shows as we can, it’s what we love doing most.
CSM: Finally hopes for 2012?
MH: As long as folks keep coming to the gigs, we’re pretty happy! We hope everyone loves it as much as we love doing it.
Thanks to the band for taking the time to answer the questions. I can feel a trip up to Scotland soon to take in a show.