Not many bands can describe themselves as ‘music to ride a motorcycle to’, but that exact description could not be more perfect for The Americas.
We wouldn’t be lying if we said we had a bit of a soft spot for these rock’n’roll-ers, so it was an obvious choice to have a chat with them ahead of their Y Not set.
Hey guys, You’ve been super busy as of late, the Isle of Wight, Askern how were they both?
We like to stay busy… It keeps us out of trouble.
The Isle of Wight was an absolute whirlwind. It’s all a little hazy to be honest… Sunburn, beers and granola bars… It was great to play our first festival together and I don’t think we’ll ever forget the little we do actually remember.
You recently headlined the O2 Academy, too, how was that?
Headlining Birmingham is always something we really look forward to and the Academy’s a really sweet venue too. It was a beautiful night filled with beautiful, beautiful people… It means the world to us to see our hometown support out in force on nights like that.
It’s been a while since you released the epic ‘Hot Minute’ when can we hear some new tunes?
We’re constantly writing new material and demoing tunes at practice… We’re sat on a mountain of songs that we’re slowly working our way through in the studio. We like to be in control of every little detail when it comes to The Americas… It’s all really DIY… It can be pretty frustrating sometimes and maybe things take a little longer than expected, but I guess if you put 3 broke perfectionists in a room together that’s only natural.
New music is gonna arrive soon… before 2017 gets cold and rainy.
You’re playing at Y Not Festival next week, looking forward to it?
Of course! We’ve got a busy week with 4 shows at Tramlines fringe and an appearance at Truck Festival before that though so we’re taking things one step at a time. This is why we do what we do though… The busier our band calendar the better…
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Y Not Festival?
DMA’s, Stereophonics, The Rhythm Method, Black Honey, Crimsons to name a few…
If you could collaborate with any artist on the lineup, who would it be and why?
That’s a hard question… The Surrenders… Those boys have got the blues in their blood…
What can people expect from your Y Not set? Any new material appearances?
New material for sure… It’s always a hard choice picking a set for a festival appearance… You’ve got to keep it short and snappy.
People can expect for us to take them disappearing through the smoke-rings of their mind… They can expect to get their kicks… We’ll bring the good times.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
Festivals are a chance to really test yourself in front of anyone and everyone… A totally new audience. There are going to be people walking past who never listen to the sort of music your band writes, but if you can get through to those people, if you can get a few of those people singing along or jumping around then there’s just no greater feeling. Your own headline gig is obviously also really special but in contrast to a festival, it feels a whole lot safer… It feels like you’re in front of friends… It’s like a birthday party when you were a kid you know? Goody bags and birthday cake.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
We’re super, super excited to be a part of Birmingham’s first Beyond the Tracks festival in September… The lineup is pretty incredible. We’ve got a few more dates up our sleeve too that we can’t wait to announce… It’s going to be a great summer.
What are your top festival survival tips?
Never ever going 10 minutes without having a beer.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Y Not Fest, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
Because Harry might take his top off.
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