What are your Full names and ages?
Christopher Edward Kelly, 22 Years Old
Brain Cunningham, 29 Years Old
Paul Duffin, 30 Years Old
Clare Kelly Duffin, 30 Years Old
What is your band’s Genre?
Clare: I always find this question difficult to answer as we usually enjoy the organic growth of our sound. At the moment, our debut album has captured us at a synth-rock / synth-pop with edge phase. That’s the best I can sum it up.
Give us a little bio of the band and you guys as individual.
Clare: Suspire colour the sensibilities of a rock ‘n’ roll band with synth-pop.
Known in their hometown of Glasgow for their hands-on D.I.Y. approach to their art, the band have independently (i.e. without help from a big record label) released records on their own label and performed at a host of small festivals.
Having completed a number of singles and EPs, the band will release their debut album with support from fans (and Pledge Music) in 2014.
Where did you get the band name from?
Clare: A Policeman.. which is a long story.
Who does what in the band?
I.e. who does the vocals, who plays what, who writes the songs
Brian: We are a creative conglomerate. Ideas come, Some Stay, Some go. We generally start with the bones and flesh it out in the box at Axis Sounds.
In saying that, we also enjoy approaching the process from a more garage-band perspective; bashing out in the rehearsal space.
We are eternally evolving and always developing. Our DIY approach requires that we have a keen division of labour.
Clare is the drummer but is also the PR/Business side of things.
Paul and I write a lot of the songs in the box and produce the songs together.
I also Mix and Master the material at my studio Axis Sounds.
Chris is our textural mastermind who peppers the tracks with little licks and sexy tricks on the guitar.
Are You Signed?
Clare: To our own label, yes. Does that count? Basically, we have a lot of creative control right now, which is quite nice.
Obv course it counts..
What instruments do you play?
Chris: Electric and Acoustic guitar
How did the band come about?
Paul: I put an advertisement in the local newspaper seeking three, vigorous souls to accompany me on an epic and dangerous quest to the South Pole, taking with us only minimal supplies and equipment. We would stare death in the eyes, beat our chests and march on triumphantly to meet our fates with bravery, driving a sword through the heart of our fears. Brian, Chris and Clare were the only ones to reply. Ultimately we thought about how cold we would be and decided “nah”, so we started making music instead.
How did you guys meet?
Chris: I met Clare through the Commercial Music course at The University of the West of Scotland. I then met Paul and Brian through Clare. First time we spoke was at a gig in Ayr – Suspire played as a three-piece band, and I played with my other band called Touring Barcelona.
Who are your influences?
What are your backgrounds whether it’s in music or not?
Paul: I was a spook for the CIA. Political assassinations, a little corporate espionage here and there. Got a little tiresome after a while, so I packed it in.
How did music come in to your lives and when did you start doing it?
Chris: I’ve always listened to music because my parents loved to play records and CDs in the home. I started playing music at the age of 12. It was after a song writing workshop at school I felt really drawn to the diversity of the guitar as an instrument. I also just loved the sound.
When will you be releasing material?
Brian:Our debut album will be released this September, with some pre-ordered copies being sent out early to our supporters of our two crowd-funding campaigns. Our new summer single will be released very shortly with a great video directed by our very own Clare Duffin accompanying it.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Paul: Why do moths fly so close to flames?
Where do you see the band in 2-5 years time?
Brian: We are keen to use our experience in the Creative Industries to help other songwriters through our Production Company. The music hives us a platform to remain at the cutting edge of the music industry and I would hope that. As we expand our base of operations, we are able to help young musicians along the way. Music is a community and we believe deeply in the collective spirit of young arts.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
Chris: If I wasn’t playing music I’d be a chef.
Do you have a website, social media pages and music pages for your fans?
Yes, you can follow us on
Official Website: http://www.suspire.net
Big Thank you for Allowing me to Interview you guys and Thanks to Liam Young for setting it up