‘Oswald’s songs are very intense but also dark and triumphant’
SCOTTISH trio Oswald have secured the backing of the man who broke U2 in America. The Cumbernauld-based rockers, who headline The Tunnels tomorrow, were discovered and signed by Nick Stewart of R&R music. Stewart was the mastermind behind U2’s move from punk hopefuls to world domination. And the music guru was so impressed by Oswald he immediately stepped in to manage them. Oswald singer Tom McCreery said: “Nick is passionate about making Oswald a success. “With this deal we have complete control over our sound and our image. “It’s a great arrangement for both Nick and the band. We all have a vested interest in making this a success.” Oswald are touring Britain to promote recent album How Much Rug, How Much Carpet. Critically-acclaimed, it combines a bleak lyrical honesty with soaring melodies. And it has gained them a formidable live reputation and a rapidly-growing fan base. “Our music and fans have always come to the forefront,” he said. “That was what mattered when we talked to labels.” Oswald have taken fan involvement to the extreme, inviting their supporters to decide on single releases. The public recently chose Flying To The Ground as their next single following an online vote. “It encourages fans to get involved in our story,” Tom said. “Digital releases have saved the single. “People power means they pick and choose exactly what they want to listen to and create their own playlists.” Formed in 2007, anthemic songs like Flying To The Ground have earned comparisons with U2 and Coldplay. And the trio are tipped to be the latest Scottish act to follow Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis and Biffy Clyro into the charts. Tom is joined by brother Ants McCreery (bass) and drummer Heinrick Kruse. “As soon as we met Heinrich we clicked,” he said. “Our songs are intense and dark but also triumphant. “Behind our dark lyrics there are uplifting melodies, so we had to find the right person to play that. “We’d been auditioning all day by the time he stepped into the room. “Two songs into playing with us, Ants and I looked at each other and thought ‘This is it’. “The next step was to come up with a name. We decided on Oswald after Oswald Street in Glasgow.”
COVER: How Much Rug, How Much Carpet artwork.