What are your names?
Joe MacFarlane (vocals/rhythm guitar)
Nic Holson (lead guitar)
Sean Priestley (drums)
Ollie Cobbett (bass)
What is the band’s name?
Stay For Tomorrow
How did you come up with the band’s name?
We had many discussions around what to call ourselves and struggled for ages to find something that stuck. We landed on the word ‘tomorrow’ and wanted that in our title. Ollie suggested ‘Stay For Tomorrow’ and we knew straight away that was the one.
What is your genre of music?
Alt rock. We like to dip into other genres with our songs but still keep a signature ‘Stay For Tomorrow’ sound that still falls into the alt rock genre.
Give us a little bio about you.
Formed in 2018, Stay For Tomorrow are an energetic four piece alternative rock band emerging from Dunfermline, Scotland. Consisting of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe MacFarlane, lead guitarist Nic Holson, drummer Sean Priestley and bassist Ollie Cobbett. For fans of Twin Atlantic, Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters, SFT look to create epic, fresh alt rock songs with their own signature sound that will make you wish you discovered them sooner! They burst onto the Fife scene in 2019 with their debut single “Kings and Queens” followed up with their second single “Rumours”. At the start of 2020 SFT signed with Reaction Management and released their third single “Criminal”, collaborating with singer Aveleen Rose. SFT then used the rest of 2020 to write and record new material to be released in 2021, the first of which was the anthemic single “I Don’t Need You To Save Me” released on the 28th May – described by Nexus Music Blog as “an exhilarating storm of music bursting through your speakers”. “Non Applicable (Na Na)”, “a high-octane, synthtastic track about the failed system we’re living in” (In The Bucket Playlist) was released on the 1st October 2021. Following on from the success of that track, “The One” was released on the 26th November. Stay For Tomorrow have performed at iconic Scottish venues such as King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Sneaky Pete’s and PJ Molloys to name a few. The band are looking to head out to rock the rest of the UK in the near future. Watch this space, Stay For Tomorrow. Talking about ‘The One’, The Other Side Reviews states that “the combination of dynamic guitars, pounding drums and MacFarlane’s gruff vocals tips the listener into a sonic whirlpool filled with hazy ambiences”. “The unapologetically pop-rock fusion of killer riffs, skybound guitars and epic melody are becoming somewhat of a trademark for SFT” (Heard Not Herd) and they hope that their next single ‘Prison Living’ will hit just as hard when it is released on February 25th 2022.
What made you go into music?
Sean – Growing up in a house that was filled with music when I was a kid was definitely a factor. My mum used to drag me to musicals when I was younger and I ended up really enjoying them! Sitting watching the pit filled with musicians was great fun! The film ‘School Of Rock’ and the game ‘Guitar Hero’ were also both important when I was growing up because both subjected me to a wide variety of music.
Nic – Similar to Sean, I grew up in a house that was always filled with music, the radio would be the first thing turned on in the morning and the last thing switched off at night.
My earliest memories of really being aware of music were dancing around the living room to “You Make My Pants Want To Get Up and Dance” by Dr. Hook (innocent young me had no idea what this song was about at the time) and my Mum sitting me down in front of Queen music videos. I used to request “Breakthru” on repeat and watching Brian May was definitely the reason that I originally wanted a guitar.
Then again, just like Sean, “School Of Rock” was the movie that made me decide this is what I wanted to do, not become a failed musician and pretend to be a substitute teacher, but to become a musician. After many hours of also playing Guitar Hero, the itch to learn how to play all of these songs on a real guitar overwhelmed me.
Who are your influences?
We all have very different tastes in music with many different influences but overall they include:
Biffy Clyro, Paramore, Black Stone Cherry, Extreme, Creed, Pendulum, Depeche Mode and Stereophonics.
Are you signed?
We are not currently signed with a label however we signed with Reaction Management in 2020.
You released your new single ‘Prison Living’, tell us more about the single.
Prison Living is a powerful, captivating, alt rock song that talks about the entrapment of a relationship.
What is the meaning behind the single?
We wanted to dive deeper into talking about the struggles of a relationship rather than just the feelings of heartache that the aftermath brings. ‘The skin that I’m in, where to begin? It’s prison living.’ Prison Living is about a couple who do not have the guts to end things whilst the resentment of each other grows every day. Written from a personal experience yet something relatable to many. ‘Staying up all night you’re waiting for my call. But my mind has locked my lips from speaking at all.’ It is always a goal of ours to make our next song bigger and better than the last and we feel we have really stepped it up a notch.
What was the writing and recording process like?
A lot of our songs are created from someone having an original idea for a song and then collectively ripping it apart and stitching something new together. Prison Living started off with something Ollie had written and worked with Joe on mixing up the vocal melody and lyrics of the track. This was then brought to the rest of the band for its musical surgery. The track was then recorded with Mark Morrow Audio in Edinburgh.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
Apart from the 4 of us, it was Mark Morrow Audio in Edinburgh for the recording and mastering of the track, and then Matt Robertson of Linen Town Studios for filming and editing the music video.
Will we see a Music video for ‘Prison Living’, what can we expect from the creative process?
Our video for Prison Living will follow the single release shortly. We actually filmed the video over a couple of days in different locations due to Covid and restrictions hindering our original filming plans. We do not want to give too much away at this point but make sure you like/follow/subscribe to our socials to catch it when the video drops!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
We have a bunch of ideas for future SFT songs and we will definitely release an EP/album when the time is right. Definitely lots of new music coming soon so just keep your eyes peeled.
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
We currently have a few dates booked and we can be seen performing at:
26.2.22 – Room 2 – Glasgow – Playing with Ocean View and Verces.
19.3.22 – The Empire Bar – Leven – Supporting Foo Fifers with Saus.
What else can we expect in 2022?
More gigs for sure now that live music is back and definitely some more new music, we can not wait to show people what we have been working on!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully playing bigger shows – inside and out of the UK and a bigger fanbase!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
We always tell ourselves to make sure to have a backup of everything – prepare for the worst!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Money, ID, ear plugs, energy and your singing voice .
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
We are on all major social media (and music streaming) platforms! Just search for ‘Stay For Tomorrow’ or get all the links you need at www.StayForTomorrow.com