With a list of dates in April that Columbia Mills are playing across the UK including Glasgow’s King Tuts and a May release for their debut album, A Safe Distance To Watch, there are many reasons to keep an eye on this Irish band.
Fiachra Treacy, vocalist, spoke to The Fountain about working with Rob Kirwan, getting everything in place for this release and their favourite gig in Dublin.
TF: A new album release, you must be ecstatic?
Yeah we are thrilled to have the album out. We sat on it for a while to make sure we had everything lined up nicely before its release, so its great to see the reaction to the songs. It can be hard to see the wood from the trees. The five of us and our producer were delighted with the album but you still don’t know how people will react.
TF: And what was it like to work with Rob Kirwan?
Working with Rob Kirwan was massive for us. We were always big fans of his work, particularly Glasvegas, Depeche Mode and U2. The most impressive part was the emphasis he placed on the actual songs. His philosophy was that if they didn’t work on an acoustic guitar then all the production in the world could hide a shit song. This made us change the list of songs, we found ourselves working on songs that we thought didn’t suit our sound and building our sound around them.
TF: Where did the name Columbia Mills stem from?
The name comes from an iconic building on Dublins quays. It is where a lot of raves and live music started out in the nineties. It was a place where everyone came together for the love of electronic and indie music (similar to the Hacienda in Manchester). As our music combines both genres we thought it was a suitable name.
TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?
We are currently touring Ireland and the UK, culminating in a show on the 27th in Glasgows King Tuts. We cannot wait to play there as we have heard so much about the venue and all the great band that started out there.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
Our favourite show so far was in Dublin in a venue called The Button Factory. It was packed out and pour first really great headline gig. It made us feel like we had arrived and we were finally getting somewhere. Dublin has so many scenes that we are not a part of so we have persevered in creating our own scene and that night we really felt were getting there.
Columbia Mills’ debut album is out on 4th May and their gig at King Tuts in Glasgow is on 27th April.