After being wowed by their forthcoming album 'Heroes & Villains', it
made sense to have a chat with a member of Britain's premier AOR band
FM. Normally, it's vocalist Steve Overland who does the interview
malarky, but we thought it might be interesting to chat with guitarist
Jim Kirkpatrick, who only joined the band after they reformed, replacing
What caused the band to move to Frontiers? has it changed anything?
We've always been on each other's radars. It just seemed the right time
to get together.
I assume you're happy with the new album Do you have a favourite track?
Yes, I'm definitely happy with the album! My favourites change every day
so I can't say.
Early reviews have been 100% positive, was there any worry beforehand
about what reception it would get?
Obviously we hope that the reception is always going to be good with
every album we put out but I think we have to be happy with it ourselves
first before we worry about anybody else.
How long did it take to make, start to finish?
Apart from Cold Hearted which we recorded at the end of 2013 the rest of
the album was recorded between around June to January on and off.
What kind of sound did you have in mind when entering the studio?
We thought that we'd possibly make the album a bit heavier and more
uptempo than Rockville.
The album seems to be a mix of traditional melodic rock (eg Youre The
best Thing) and crunchier numbers (eg Digging Up the Dirt) - is this due
to different writing styles or are they all a joint effort?
The songs all come in different ways but we wrote together a lot more on
So you have any interesting stories from the making of the album?
Errr, not really. How boring does that sound?
Do the guys still treat you as the new kid, making you get the coffee
The guys never treated me as the new kid. Believe it or not but this is
the longest serving lineup of the band and also the lineup that has
produced the most material.
Tell me a little about your other band, JLS... interesting name!
JLS is an acoustic trio that myself and two good friends play in local
to where we live for fun. The band is Jim, Les & Steve (Les Hunt -
Climax Blues Band, Steve Hayes - Nearly Dan) - JLS!
You also did an excellent album with Diesel and have played a few shows
- tell me more about that, and is there going to be another?
Diesel has been a really fun project to work on with my good friend
Robert Hart and we were very happy with the album. We're currently
writing a follow up and hoping to play some more shows in September.
Tell us something we don't know about the other band members?
Jem likes Take That, Pete likes dance music, Merv likes Steely Dan and
Steve loves Stevie Wonder.
Who's the better guitarist, you or Steve?
Is that a serious question??
Would you rather see a band with a great singer and average guitarist,
or a great guitarist and average singer?
I'd rather see a band with good songs.