The “actually alright” dream-pop Birmingham boys, JAWS, chat festivals, atmosphere and secret plans at Truck Festival.
So how are you guys, how has it been so far?
Good. We’ve been here for about two hours. We got here, had to set up, played. And now we’re doing this. We have been sitting down for the five hours to get here.
How did you find the set?
Good, it was a little rushed at the end. Our setlist was for an hour but apparently, we only had forty-five minutes. We had to cut a few songs at the last minute. Keeps us on our toes.
You guys won the best band at the Birmingham Music Awards, how did that feel?
I don’t know, it’s like amazing. It was a bit like, what the fuck innit? Do you know what I mean? Surreal, not surreal… but surreal yeah. None of us got to process it. None of us got to go to it personally because we had shit going on…
What was good though is that you come and do your festivals and you go on tour, the people, I mean you do a hometown show but I mean the people that are closer to you, your friends and your family they don’t really see it, what we do. They come to Birmingham every once in six months, so for it to be like, ‘you’re the best band in Birmingham, I think all of the locals and close people were more like, ‘oh, they’re actually alright those boys’.
Do you think it’s important to support Birmingham as it is your roots?
Yeah, always have. It’s where we are from and we have a connection.
What do you guys think the best part of playing a festival is?
For a band it can be quite stressful like just before going on and what not definitely, but once that’s all done with, whilst you’re on stage, it’s nice because your outside in a field even if it’s a bit muddy. It’s a totally different experience to a gig, there’s already a part atmosphere.
Do you prefer festivals in comparison to your normal gigs?
I think I prefer venues like our own gigs, but the thing is there are pros and cons like Eddie was saying it’s stressful for a festival because you come here and have forty-five minutes to set your whole show up, then forty-five minutes to do your show and then ten minutes to get it all off. Whereas when you are doing your own gig you arrive and 1 o’clock in the afternoon, you’ve got six or seven hours to do what you want. It’s just easier.
Sometimes I find that it’s just a cycle. When you’re playing soon and you’re doing hour-long sound checks, you’re just like ‘ah, can’t wait for the festival season when it’s all like ten minutes’. When you get to the festival stage your like ‘ah, can wait until I can get proper sound checks and I can chill out backstage’.
It sounded really good even if you didn’t get a sound check.
Do you have anything planned for the rest of the year?
We have some secret plans.
Ooh, secret plans?
Yeah, some secret plans. Definitely, nothing to do with the next album.