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Rising Stars is one of the joys of running the Newswire & GRTR! in that you get to discover new bands, many of whom go onwards & upwards like the Darkness, Power Quest, Madison Paige, Intense and Black #5 to name but a few! Quecia had their first Rising Star interview back at the beginning of last year and since then have toured and released a very classy second album, Quecia II'. Over to vocalist Kirsty McCarrick...

1. What are you currently up to?

At the moment all the focus is getting the album to and talking to as many people in the media/radio/internet sites/independent stores in the UK, Europe, America and Japan!! so as you can imagine its pretty mad at the moment. Gig wise we can't wait to get going and there are a few things in the pipeline but nothing is confirmed, but as soon as we know.... it will be on

2. Who were your influences?

We have all brought something different to the melting pot which is why the songs can be eclectic in style, personally over the last two years I have really delved into the classic rock bands of the 70's in particular Deep Purple, Led Zep and Rainbow! I'll listen to all different types of music and from a female vocalist point of view I like Sheryl Crow/Alanis Morisette.

3. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

Highlight - Headlining for the CRS after being stuck in the studio for months on end!!! P ALIGN=JUSTIFY> It was just an amazing night the crowd was buzzing, singing the songs back to us and going beserk even with our brand new material. It felt electrifying on stage and all the band felt the same!

Lowlight - where shall I start!! Let's just say its not been a good 18 months. I'm not going to moan on but lets just say we have been through Hell (brand new studio equipment burning out losing virtually a completed album!) and High Water (our office/home flooded destroying quite a few of the first album and generally making life a misery) But we have got there in the end!!!

4. What would Quecia like to achieve ideally by the end of 2004?

Hmmmm...we are tired of being stuck in the studio so we hope to do loads more on the live front. Sell bucket loads of albums and the usual worldwide domination!!! (or that might just be me!!!)

5. How have the reviews to your debut album been so far? Were you please with the press and fans reactions to the debut CD?

We had excelllent reviews of the first album although we progressed in the live shows to a point where we are all comfortable now.... and that showed in the ensuing live reviews i.e how much rockier and more powerful we are, than captured with This is where we are.. it's all been positive and I think we just developed over time (it's been 3 years now!) I think we have captured our sound well with Quecia II!!! and that seems to be reflected in the response we have had so far.

6. The new album, 'II' is out now - what is your personal song highlights and why?

This changes on a daily basis depending on my mood!!! I think Rhythm is brilliant and really atmospheric but I also love Hide Away and Bird in a cage you can really move to them.

Kirsty McCarrick

7. How has the music and songwriting differed from the debut album?

We have very much tried to capture the power of our live performances, a lot of the songs had been written well in advance and we were used to them, however we were always trying to improve on them to a point where we were driving ourselves insane. So in the end we had to take a step back and get someone else's opinion. Once we were finished it was great to just sit back listen to other people's reactions and really get into the songs from a listener's point of view.

8. What has been the live highlight(s) for the band? How easy/hard is it to get gigs and promotion for gigs?

This is a grey area for us, ideally we would like someone else to get involved with that side of things.

The Classic Rock Society Gigs are always superb and we really enjoy doing them, we might have missed the boat on most of the summer festivals but that won't stop us trying.

It is difficult for an original band to just phone a venue and book a gig, unless you are happy playing to one bloke and his dog!!! On a Wednesday night and paying for the privilege!!! So when we do gig we try to be pro-active, posters, local newspaper/radio gig guide etc..p.s if anyone out there would like to get involved though on that score give us a shout!!!

9.Do you see the interest in rock & metal music growing in the UK at the moment? /B>

Very much so!!! Though mainstream telly and radio it is being dragged kicking and screaming, it seems that the whole independent way and underground scene is really vibrant, and you have to thank The Darkness for shining a big light on Rock Music whether you love them or hate them (personally what is there not to love!!) justin x

We love playing and we enjoy it - that shows on stage I think people are ready to swing in that direction and lets not be so serious. This is Rock and Roll!!!

10. What's the most rock 'n' roll moment the band has had so far?

House of Blues Las Vegas, The Foo Fighters, Eric Idle and some very LARGE margaritas..........What a combination, what a night!!!!

11. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?

Both This is where we are and Quecia II are available at and Quecia II is also available in selected Music Zone stores in the North West of England.

12. Message to your fans?

Sorry we have been tucked away for so long! it was Paul's fault!! See you on the road!

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