2004_09_artsfwgu1.jpgNew York City doesn't exactly have a worldwide reputation as a breeding ground of power pop bands. Even though Fountains of Wayne finally got a hit, our fair city is more known for hip hop, various strains of Joy Division-influenced indie rock and old school hardcore. Power pop is alive and kicking, but it's our little secret. Thanks to bands like Fireworks Go Up!, Lower Manhattan's club scene is filled with bands who continue the tradition of short songs, beautiful melodies and a few somber minor chords.
Guitars, bass, drums, voice and a branch on the same family tree as the
Raspberries, the Posies, Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish (without the bellbottoms and bright colors) and the Pernice Brothers. Fireworks Go Up! has a new record, You're Welcome, out on Baryon Records.

Fireworks Go Up! is Dan Coutant (vocals, guitar, songwriting), David Fateman (bass, vocals), Scott Treude (drums, vocals).

Scott Treude took some time to answers our questions last week...

Let's get this out of the way, where did the band name originate?

The words "Fireworks Go Up!" are part of a painting our producer has hanging on his wall. That's all I'm allowed to say...

What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?

I moved up here (from Baltimore) in 1992. My first memory is going to a 'cocktail party' somewhere in Manhattan and feeling incredibly un-fabulous.

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?

Besides the obvious (9/11), getting into a car accident with a cab on west broadway after having a few beers on the way to a first date. (I still made it on time!)

What is your favorite place to drink in NYC? What's the best night of the week to go out in the city?

Rain. It's a hip-hop bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn and they have a place in the back where you can smoke cigs. (fairly rare in NYC) The also play a bunch of music that I would never normally listen to. The best night to go out is definitely Sunday.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York? Is there a difference between shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn?

They usually provide drums!!!!! That's huge when you have to take the subway to gigs.

Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?


Finish the following statements:

"You know you've made it when…"

someone carries my shit for me.

"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when…"

when I can't carry my own shit.

"I'll never forget the first time…"

saw your face?

“I’ll never forget the first time [insert another band member’s name

Johnny fired me.

Now for some quick word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following:


sports suck


sports suck


skin colored sparkle suit

Bridge & Tunnel

ways to get to places with trees

the Darkness

15 minutes are up

Times Square

from hookers to ESPN Zone

Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws

makes the sidewalks more interesting (a bunch people standing around smoking and trying to be quiet)

Questions inspired by movies...

If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern
man's existential dilemma (in 10 words or less). (Reality Bites)

I never thought about him, therefore he does not exist.

What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)

misery, for sure.

And a few last questions on the music tip:

What were the first & last albums you bought on the day they were released?

Bing Crosby's white christmas. (I'm very old)

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?

John Bonham (drums), Paul McCartney (bass), Johnny Marr (guitar), J. Robbins (guitar), Glen Tilbrook (vocals)

If you released a 7” what would you put on the cover?

that sounds dirty.


Fireworks Go Up! play Friday September 24th @ Lit

Buy the cd, You're Welcome, here

[Intro written by Coolfer Glenn]