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Kerrang! Interview FWW's Cahir

"We're not interested in being famous for five minutes and fucking someone from Hollyoaks" - Cahir

FIGHTING WITH WIRE - INTO THE VOID

Fighting With Wire have been waiting a long time for a break. 

Now they're here to rid the world of "painted up emo cock ends"

"It feels like the 80s again", spits Fighting With Wire singer and guitarist Cahir O'Doherty.  "Emo is the modern equivalent of hair metal and people are crying out for honesty again.  They don't want painted up cock ends any more, they want bands that play it from the heart and people are begining to recognise that honesty in us".

That recognition has been a long time coming.  Forming five years ago in Derry, Northern Ireland, Fighting With Wire - now completed by bassist Jamie King and drummer Craig McKean -  slugged it out in half-empty dives all over the UK, watching touring mates like Biffy Clyro catch breaks while they trundled along, hopes of success becoming an ever less likely reality.

Independently releasing their album 'Man vs Monster' through Smalltown America (a London based label run by Andrew Ferris, the singer in O'Doherty's other band, Jetplane Landing) early this year, they were all but resigned to a DIY destiny and doing it for the hell of it forevermore.  Then a copy fell into the hands of DJ Zane Lowe and their fortunes suddenly changed.

"Zane rang me up, gave me his personal number and said 'Anything you want, I'm your boy'" reveals O'Doherty.  he's got us big time gigs, opened doors for us and really fought our corner.  He's played the shit out of our songs, bummed us up to everyone and our agent's phone hasn;t stopped since.  After five years of noone giving a shit, it feels like he's part of the team now."

With the influential muscle of Lowe behind them, they have since inked a deal with Atlantic Records, played almost every major summer festival and are quickly discovering the truth about what it means to be full-time working musicians.

"We're so flat out, we cherish our days off," the singer sighs.  "I'm old as fuck now - I'm 31 - so it is tiring but I'm not complaining because it beats sitting back home wondering if it'll ever happen."

"I might need incontinence pants and a zimmer frame soon", the singer adds, laughing.  "But we're doing what we've always wanted to do and we're doing it on our own terms.  That's the best feeling in the world.

Quizzed about how much he is enjoying his growing rockstar status, O'Doherty reacts like you'd just asked him if he enjoys wearing women's knickers.

"We're not interested in being famous for five minutes and fucking someone from Hollyoaks", he sneers.  "That's all bullshit.  We're just a fucking rock band.  The day we start behaving like celebrities is the day we break up."

While the bands star continues it's ascendancy, the feisty trio are determined to stay levelheaded.  Having fought hard for their break, the disheartening wilderness of the recent past should provide all the motivation they need to build on their success.

"We're pretty grounded about everything because we're not attention seeking 19 year olds", reason O'Doherty.  "Most bands are wankers who think they're owed something but they're owed fuck all.  you have to work your ass off and we do, but the only reason we're in this position is because people are starting to believe in what we're doing and we won't let them down."

"We'll never be household names but I'd like to prove that it's OK to play good, no-bullshit rock songs with passion" he concludes.  "We've been given a goldon opportunity here..."

Pausing, he thinks about the importance of that opportunity and nervously chuckles.

"I don't want to fuck this up.  I can't."

- David McLaughlin, Kerrang!