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De Soto Firefly

De Soto Firefly

De Soto Firefly


De Soto Firefly formed in late 2004 and have been performing regularly since April 2005. James McLeod [guitar/vocals] and Stuart McGregor [vocals/guitar] had been trying to form a band since meeting at university in 1996. Several attempts failed and, as they left their student days behind them in 2000, they assumed the chance was gone. Four years passed without them playing together. Then the success of Stuart’s younger brother’s band, Blind Pew (A List Records), inspired them to give it one last go in 2004. Read more on Last.fm
De Soto Firefly formed in late 2004 and have been performing regularly since April 2005. James McLeod [guitar/vocals] and Stuart McGregor [vocals/guitar] had been trying to form a band since meeting at university in 1996. Several attempts failed and, as they left their student days behind them in 2000, they assumed the chance was gone. Four years passed without them playing together. Then the success of Stuart’s younger brother’s band, Blind Pew (A List Records), inspired them to give it one last go in 2004. They organised a meeting with Chris McGuire [drums] through a website forum and primarily rehearsed as a three-piece. Confident they could all work together, James and Stuart began work on original material for the first time since 2000 and immediately wrote Almost Perfect, the story of a useless professional hitman (a song you can now hear on the EP of the same name).

Chris’s drum part complemented the song perfectly and the search for a bass player began. With perfect timing Chris’s lifelong friend Chris Pepper [bass] returned to Glasgow and immediately completed the line-up. All huge fans of rock music, De Soto Firefly naturally took on a heavy sound. Without ever discussing how the band was meant to sound they found themselves creating music influenced by all their heroes (Pink Floyd, Metallica, Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, Queen, The Stones, etc.) but unique to themselves. Pepper and Chris added to Stuart and James’ original ideas to create songs which, although heavy, were also melodic and inventive.

As time progressed and the band became more comfortable working together, Pepper introduced his own songwriting skills into the fold adding another dimension to the band’s sound. They decided on their moniker after James, travelling along Route 66, took the photo of the classic American Desoto which appears on the cover of the Almost Perfect EP. Adding the word “Firefly”, the band were finally ready to perform. De Soto Firefly have since played several times in Glasgow at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, QMU at Glasgow University, ABC, Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow Barfly, 13th Note and the Glasgow Arches . They recorded their debut EP Almost Perfect with Andy McGregor of Blind Pew (A List Records) on recording and production duties and released their second EP Cutoff Frequency in August 2006. Both EPs are available on iTunes and various other online stores. Chris McGuire was replaced in early 2007 by Grant Kerr [drums] from Carlisle. After a period of intense rehearsing De Soto Firefly Mark II made its debut performance at The Classic Grand, Glasgow in July 2007. All four tracks from The Firefly's latest EP, World's End, can be heard and downloaded by clicking here. www.desotofirefly.com Read more on Last.fm.

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