"We actually all love fermentation" says Nekkuro Hana's Mashu in the strangest interview opener I've ever come across.

"We met at fermentation therapy, making Kimchi and other bits and that was where we first met. But Nekkuro Hana started because we decided we liked music more than making fermented cucumbers" he laughs.

Nekkuro Hana came about two years ago, when a group of students from the University of Glasgow found themselves making music in earnest, away from the parties they would all find themselves at.

Although it sounds typical, they themselves are atypical and their sound reflects that. A strange comparison, but the band are just like the fermented goods they talked of earlier: put in a room or situation for long enough, and the eventual end product starts to sound quite good.

"We're all now in our final year" says Mashu. "It'll be nice to finish our degrees and then make some more music, but that was also where we all came together. I am from Japan, Vili is from Slovenia, Sam is from Edinburgh, George Brazil and Ben is from London".

"None of us are Glaswegian but we all met here and the band just feels like it belongs here, that we're a Glasgow band" adds Villi. "Of course that is a massive influence. It's where we first played and started."

"Glasgow is a great place to start out as a band. A lot of people want to give you a chance and an opportunity, to play and show what you're about. There is a sense of community about it" says Mashu.

"Even if it's things like needing an instrument, someone will help you out. The city is an incubator for creating good music, and good artists".

Nekkuro Hana's first single 'Lizardman' encapsulates the sound of the band; men having fun and playing around with their own sound. At 7 minutes long, Lizardman is an extended play within itself, but takes so many different twists and turns its actually hard to pinpoint exactly what is really sounds like. It doesn't say much, but it definitely sounds good.

"It could sound like a big mess, but for some reason with us, it sounds quite good" laughs Mashu.

Nekkuro Hana wear their influences on their sleeves. Having just come off a run of summer shows in venues around Glasgow, supporting Kikagaku Moyo and releasing their first EP, 'Fried Rice', Nekkuro Hana's Japanese influences permeate through their music but they are quick point out it would be a fool's game to try and nail down one particular sound. "We just want people to know that we are putting stuff out there for them to feel good, but also so that they can express themselves" says Mashu. "That's the best bit". CARLA JENKINS