SEE THROUGH YOU
Under the guiding lights of the famed The Barrowlands Ballroom, at a charity event Keira McGuire and Emily Downie met and subsequently matched their acoustic dexterity and soaring vocals as a young teenage duet which saw them gig in Scotland, and Liverpool and Exeter soon after.
Their masterful covers of ‘Psycho Killer’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ continued to impress and in late 2018, the duo began their experimentation with songwriting, drawing influence from Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice, Fontaines D.C. as well their post-punk practice material. Developing their voice past their acoustic roots, Keira and Emily found their very own bassist and drummer in Jude Curran and Alex White in February 2019.
Since their official formation in April 2019, Spyres have racked up over a million streams on Spotify alone with break-out singles “Otherside”, “Fake ID” and “I Don’t Care”, all receiving an incredible outpouring of radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Radio X’s John Kennedy, BBC Introducing Scotland’s Phoebe I-H and Vic Galloway. The reaction to the new band has been mirrored in press with fevered endorsements from DORK, Gigwise, The Scottish Sun, Daily Record, Tenement TV, Punktastic and Distorted Sound at a glance.
Making a name for themselves on stage, Spyres supporting credentials include The Jesus And Mary Chain, Nothing But Thieves (BRITs Week x War Child Shows), The Snuts, Lauren Hibberd to name a few. In spite of the pandemic, Spyres made serious ground in the live space in their own right. Their headline show at Glasgow’s King Tuts on the Summer Nights programme sold-out in less than 24 hours of the onsale date, and months later, the band sold-out London’s Old Blue Last, Glasgow’s Stereo and Edinburgh’s Mash House. In addition to this, Spyres made their debut at a number of major festivals in 2021; TRNSMT, Neighbourhood, Live At Leeds, including a headline slot on the This Feeling stage at Isle Of Wight Festival.
Ending last year on a high note with a run of sold-out headline shows in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, powered-up alt-rock four piece Spyres kick down the door of 2022 with their fierce new single “See Through You”, which is out today (Friday 14th January) via their also announced today new signing to label LAB Records.
Propelling the young band into a whole new world in terms of musicianship, “See Through You” is a dark yet bouncy lament that stands apart from previous singles “Otherside”, “Fake ID” and “I Don’t Care”. Co-written by Johnny Madden (of Baby Strange),
The latest offering “See Through You” is a reverb-heavy roller coaster through grunge sensibilities, evocative guitar tones and soul-stirring vocal layering from Emily Downie and Keira McGuire. It’s an amazing wall of sound with drums and bass that carry the whole track along , the bass cuts through the sound like your walking on broken glass. The riff spins around your head. There’s great harmonies and amazing vocals. This is an incredible effort from SPYRES and leads us to believe that this is the start of an incredible start to 2022 for the band.
Listen to “See Through You” here now
Vocalist Emily Downie says free the track;
““See Through You is a dark and angsty song which is very direct and punchy. We have explored different genres with our other releases and have shown a different side to us with this song too. We’re excited to start the year off with a bang and for everyone to hear what we have been working on. Writing and recording See Through You was actually a very fast turnaround as we wrote it only a few days before going into the studio to record it. It was also our first time recording in Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studios so it was really cool to be in such an inspiring environment and definitely a memory we won’t forget.”
“We had a lot of fun recording as there are many different elements within the song the listeners may not even notice. By the third listen you could hear something new each time so it was really fun to explore different ways we can make the song even bigger.”
Recorded at the Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow by double Platinum certified producer Christopher Marshall (Gerry Cinnamon, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, Dead Pony) and mastered by multiple GRAMMY® award-winning engineer Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Gorillaz), “See Through You” marks a new chapter for Spyres, who inked their first recording deal with prolific independent label LAB Records (CRAWLERS, Vistas, Des Rocs) just this year.
Mark Orr of LAB Records said
“We have been long time admirers of Spyres on record – and finally seeing them at Live at Leeds in October just served to underline our belief that they’re one of the most exciting young bands around. They’ve achieved a great amount for a band with only 3 songs in the world – so we’re excited for everyone to hear the new music.”
Speaking of the new partnership, Keira McGuire said
“Signing to LAB has really been so exciting! It’s something we’ve dreamed about since we began playing around 4/5 years ago so for this to be coming to life, it’s starting to feel much more real for us and we feel really lucky to have been given this opportunity so early on.
It’s great to be on the same label as other artists we have listened to for a number of years such as Abbie Ozard and Hockey Dad. We met Abbie a few years ago while on tour with Lauran Hibberd and we loved watching her sets every night. We also saw Hockey Dad a couple of years ago in Glasgow supporting Courtney Barnett so it really feels full circle now being signed to the same label as these acts we have loved for such a long time.”
Spyres are set to record their debut EP this February, with a hope to release the same later in the year.
Words The Songbird HQ