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Window Seats - Biography
|last update : 31-03-2012 12:44|
|Window Seats are a three-piece grunge and alternative rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. They are the first unsigned Northern Ireland artists to be featured on MTV Rocks. The band has self-produced five music videos, four single releases and an EP under its own record label, Get Out Records.The band was formed in 2007 and currently consists of members Jude McCaffrey (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan 'Didsy' Bradley (bass guitar, backing vocal) and Tony Furnell (drums, backing vocal).|
Jude McCaffrey, Tony Furnell and bassist Ryan Lilley formed Window Seats in 2007. Writing and performing together, the band also recorded their music themselves. In 2008 this culminated in the release of a 3-track demo named "Local Superhero". The title track received support from UK radio stations during 2008 and 2009, including BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster.
Lilley left the band in 2009 and was replaced by Ryan 'Didsy' Bradley, who McCaffrey and Furnell had initially met while attending college together in the early 2000s.
After Bradley's addition to the lineup, Window Seats began self-producing new single releases and a number of music videos.
In 2010, CD singles "No Show" and "Miss Midnight / Awake" were given much critical acclaim by the Irish press. As music journalist Jackie Hayden described in Hot Press, "No Show bursts from the traps and runs riot all over your hi-fi before going into stop-start mode driven by demented, rasping drums." AU Magazine described the first track of double A-side "Miss Midnight / Awake" as "featuring some lovely, atmospheric production, a strident vocal performance from Jude McCaffrey." Coinciding with these single releases, the band produced two music videos for "No Show" (both directed by Bryan Stewart) and one for "Miss Midnight" (directed by Jonathan Beer).
In May 2011 Window Seats made their back catalogue available to download for free, alongside a new song, "Rat". In a live review BBC producer Steven Rainey described the song as "head and shoulders above the rest of the set, possessing an effervescent guitar and bass melody that really causes the audience to pay attention, perhaps pointing the way forward for this band of indie-rock adventurers." The band released a video for "Rat" in April 2011 but had already begun work on the next music video, an ambitious project to accompany the next single. In August the group performed a live session on BBC Radio, which they filmed and made available online.
In October 2011, after ten months of preparation, Window Seats released their next video and single, a reworking of "Local Superhero". The video production was a collaboration between the band and more than 30 other contributors, notably director Marty Stalker and prop builder Ciaran Larkin, and featured actor Denis Halligan, who had appeared in Game of Thrones and the film Killing Bono. The video was filmed in a set entirely built by the band and their team of volunteers, in the style of a comic book store with props and references from sci-fi and fantasy films and comic book series including Iron Man, Star Wars, Spider-Man and X-Men. Many of the props and costumes (including arc reactors, light sabres, a proton pack and an Inception totem) were created by Ciaran Larkin. Filming took place during summer 2011 and included pyrotechnics on the set, with visual effects added to the footage later.
The music video for "Local Superhero" was nominated for Best Production Effects at the Irish Music Television Awards 2011. BBC Radio 1 presenter Rory McConnell described the video as "the most awesome video ever". Like the band's previous singles, "Local Superhero" was released as a free download via their website.
In December 2011 the group released their debut EP Frozen Bones, which featured both "Local Superhero" and "Rat". All tracks on the release were mixed and mastered by Neal Calderwood, who has recorded albums for General Fiasco and Fighting with Wire. Songs from the EP have received comparisons with Joyrider and west coast American rock bands Tad and Far.
In January 2012, the "Local Superhero" video was picked up for broadcast on international music television channels MTV Rocks and Kerrang! TV. This made Window Seats the first ever unsigned band from Northern Ireland to have a video shown on MTV Rocks. The video was also named BBC Big Screens 'National Film of the Week' and playlisted on all 22 BBC Big Screens in cities across the UK. It received further national TV support, including a feature in Ireland on TG4's magazine show PONC XL in February 2012.
In an interview on RTÉ 2XM in February 2012, Jude McCaffrey stated that a concept and crew had been confirmed for the band's followup video release. In an interview for The Irish News in March 2012, Tony Furnell stated "We've started work on the next video and the pressure certainly is on. This time it's a much smaller production team, but the video is no less ambitious."