- 06 Dec 21
The Florentinas are the latest indie sensations to come out of the Down town.
How did the band form?
It all came about in a very organic way. We happened to go to the same school in Bangor and shared a passion for music. Most break times and lunch times we would be around the music department just talking or jamming together, and that’s what sparked the connection we share today. It definitely helps when two of your members are brothers as well!
Why did you choose ‘Sandcastles’ as your debut single?
What better way to try and burst on to the scene than choosing an upbeat, bouncing guitar track? We wanted to make a statement and let everyone know that we’re a guitar band rather than ballads, and that we’re not here to muck around. The song perfectly encapsulates the youthful energy we’re ready to share with everyone.
How did getting signed by BMG come to fruition?
It was just meant to be! Paddy was in London at the time when we received an email from an A&R rep from BMG. He had listened to a demo of ours on Soundcloud on his way to work which piqued his interest. The rest of us were in school but Paddy was able to take a call.
He told me over the phone that he stumbled across us and loved what we did. I couldn’t believe it. I explained that I was in London and ended up heading down to the BMG offices in Paddington to chat. It was mental. I remember sitting in a room with plush sofas, records all over the walls and a cool mini fridge with fancy drinks! One year later, pen was finally put to paper after long discussions and of course a major lockdown.
How does Co. Down influence the band?
In our old music classroom, there was a wall of fame for musicians who had left our school and gone into the industry. We just remember always looking at the photo of Two Door Cinema Club and thinking, “If they can do it, why can’t we?” It’s that kind of level we aspire to reach, so having bands like them and Snow Patrol prove that it is possible. We just need to work super hard for it.
• The Florentinas’ Sandcastles’ single is out now.