‘Oswald’s songs are very in­tense but also dark and tri­umphant’

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

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.”

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