By Chris Fishlock

As things start to kick off for The Skints’ annual Christmas party, with the bar in full swing and as the venue starts to pack out, I head backstage to catch up with Josh from The Skints to talk about their very successful 2011, touring, the making of the new album, their year ahead and more…

2011 has been a fairly big year for you despite not releasing anything, has there been any particular highlights?

Yeah man, it’s been kind of nuts really, we’ve done a bunch of touring, we started the year going on tour with Reel Big Fish in the UK and Europe, we demoed the album and then we did some more headline shows then it was festival season. We recorded the album, it was kind of stressful at points but we did have a lot of fun doing the album, getting to do an album with Prince Fatty is definitely my highlight of the year personally, but the Gym Class Heroes tour was wicked as well.

Josh from The Skints

You have done a lot of big shows this year, playing with loads of big bands such as Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Capdown, did you grow up with these bands, is it pretty mind blowing that you’re now supporting them and hanging out backstage with them?

Yeah man well we listened to a lot of different types of music growing up but the ska punk thing was always the kind of shows that I went to and I went to see all those bands when I was a kid, I never ever thought that one day oh yeah I’m going to be on tour and just hanging out with these guys and you know their just normal dudes like everyone else, it still does mess with your head slightly in that how things can come full circle when you have been listening to a band growing up, so yeah man in a big way.

Is there any one band in particular you have sort of thought ‘wow, I love this band, how have I ended up playing with them?’

There’s so many dude, when we went to Europe with The Slackers that was one, the Sublime shows in London that we did, that was unbelievable for us to be the only British band that has played with Sublime at the time, that was fucking crazy and even when we’ve just done some festivals with people like Toots and the Maytals, Julian Marley and people like that, it’s just yeah outrageous man, Reel Big Fish, loads and loads man, were very very humbled by most of the people who we support.

Aside from the album, what else can we expect from you guys in 2012?

Videos definitely because we haven’t really had our video game up to scratch so the videos and stuff will be coming hard, and much more touring and festivals next year, headline tour, load’s man, were going in guns blazing.

You seem to be doing a lot of acoustic things at the moment with the acoustic session today and also tons of YouTube videos, is that something you are loving quite a lot as a band?

Yeah it’s just like you know, we’ve always kind of played acoustically to ourselves just hanging out and stuff and we’ve done a lot of touring full band and the acoustic thing is something really simple that we can just set up in front of a camera  and it doesn’t take any effort on our part at all and it’s something really quick that we can turn around within a few hours and we’ve been enjoying some of the stuff, some of the covers we were doing  and just yeah we sort of thought we’d use it to our advantage. We thought how little effort it takes us to be able to throw together , so hopefully people enjoy that side of it as well as the heavier bassier side of the live show and the records.

When you played the acoustic session earlier to a very small amount of people, is that almost even more nerve-wracking than when say supporting Capdown to loads of people?

So much man, purely because we’ve never really done it before, playing acoustic to like 20 people today was scarier than when we played Reading Festival in front of like 4000 people, definitely. It’s really weird.

The Skints – Up Against The Wall

You’ve made the album with the pledge campaign, is it important to have the fans as being part of the album?

Yeah it definitely was that, but in truth the reason we started the pledge campaign was that we didn’t really want to be in debt to anybody, like a label or anything then them being able to call the shots on what we do because they’ve lent us money, so obviously we didn’t have our own money to record at the time. It is important to have the fans involved, the thing is, it is important to us but at the time we really didn’t expect the response it got, it was a full on gamble really and it really did pay off in our favour so we literally can’t thank everyone that helped enough. It’s shown us that there are people that care about this band enough to pay for something that they’re not going to see a return on for a while.

Was making the album with complete creative control something that was important for you and is that something you plan to keep to for the rest of your career?

We’d never say never to having a label it’s just at the time we didn’t want someone to have our nuts in a vice about the kind of album we wanted to make, you know if the time comes and there’s a deal offered where we have got complete control and they can fund it then yeah that’s cool but at the time it wasn’t really being offered to us so, you know I’ve got nothing against record labels, what I have got against is people trying to buy their way into being in The Skints.

Jamie from The Skints

You use Twitter and Facebook a lot to connect with fans, is it an important thing to keep a good relationship between yourselves and the fans?

I think with the twitter and Facebook thing, it is important in this day and age with people looking at their phones looking at that every 5 seconds, if you can be connecting with people and let them know what’s going on because people see so much information all the time from bands, if you want people to know you’re there, you’ve got to let them know all the time so that stuff is important.

Yeah yeah definitely, well me, Jamie and Marcia are the ones who write all the tunes, and we have collaborated a lot more on this album than we did on the first album and I think it benefited from that. The first album, the way we write, and is sort of still true, is that whoever’s singing has probably written the song, we kind of write our own parts. This album was a lot more all 3 of us writing on one tune together rather than Jamie’s song, or Josh’s song, or Marcia’s song or whatever.

There’s a big mix of instrumentation on the first album, is that something were expecting on the new album as well?

Yeah man, even much more so, when we recorded we just went hard, we’d tried to make our album sound as full as we could, so yeah, loads more.

You’ve got a fairly dedicated fan base but you’re starting to branch out more with shows, such as the tour with You Me At Six next year, what are you thinking about playing to a different crowd that isn’t quite as dedicated to you?

It’s not about playing to people who are and who aren’t dedicated it’s more about getting more people involved you know. We’ve been kindly offered the You Me at Six tour by the band and were really not going to say no to playing to those kinds of numbers even if a handful of those people become fans after it then it was worth it you know. Obviously we’ve got mad love for the people who are into us already but for us were really not interested in staying in one little box and playing with one type of band and playing to one type of crowd you know, we just want as many people who are up for it to get involved and come hang out at the shows and stuff and listen to our records.

You Me At Six talk about The Skints on BBC Radio 1

With your own gigs like this, when you get to pick your own support acts, you’ve gone with a bit of a different flavour of genre with the acts tonight, do like mixing it up a bit?

Definitely man, I get bored with one genre at a gig you know what I mean, obviously we don’t always get to pick the bands all the time but tonight it’s our show that were hosting so we got to pick bands were really into and their kind of doing their thing which is different things to us which is important, we listen to so many different types of music were probably not going to put on a gig of bands that all sound like us or whatever, yeah man there’s a lot of different flavours tonight, I’m hoping that will make it worth a ticket for people as well, because we’re here to entertain.

Marci from The Skints

As well as this being your own Christmas party and headline show, in a relatively small venue from around where you’re from, it’s almost a friend and family type show, is that something you love doing? And how do you feel about tonight?

London shows in general for us do feel like coming home. We haven’t headlined in London since the summer, and we’ve had such a good year that we just wanted  something to round the year off and have a bit of a party, to say thank you to everyone who has been with us this year. Gecko who have been friends with us for a long time and Random Impulse we’ve been touring with this year and we’ve been really good friends. Yeah man it’s to see the year off in a party style you know, yeah and have a bit of fun tonight.

To end with, any idea when were expecting the new album, that seems to be on every fans mind right now.

Literally, there’s going to be an announcement in the first week of January, but it’s really not that long, it’s really not that long, it’s not that long at all, it’s just the thing were waiting on at the moment is finishing the artwork, were really proud of the artwork with the first album and with this one we want to make even better, the album is done, all the music is done.  But we have a date and that will be announced in January.

When you’re spending a long time on the album, do you prefer it so you can make the best album you can make rather than just throw it together to get to the fans straight away?

It wasn’t really a case of being in the studio for ages, the album, we finished recording it for quite a few months now, realistically if you add up all the sessions we had recording we probably only spent about three or four weeks in the studio, of course it’s long but we did the first album in 6 days, which was because of the budget and stuff but this time we had a little bit more room to breathe, we didn’t get anal about it at all, we tried not to get hung up on being perfectionists because otherwise you’re never going to be happy with it, but the reason it’s taken so long is more because of the timing and us wanting to do things in a bit more of a structured way you know, rather than just get it out for the sake of it being out, were really proud of this album and we want to do it right, we want to do it justice.


By Josef Dobraszczyk

After the Flogging Molly show at LCR in Norwich we caught up with guitarist Dennis  Casey from the band:

Folk punk outfit Flogging Molly

For people who might not have heard of you before, just explain what Flogging Molly are all about?

Dennis: We’re a 7 piece band from L.A, our singer’s from Ireland, we formed in 1997, got about 5 records out and we try and combine the folk influence in there too with mandolin, banjo, violin and accordion to mix it up.

Your new album Speed Of Darkness seeks to address some of the issues of inequality in our society, and how it’s affecting the working class especially, do you have any messages that you’d like to put out to the occupy protesters out on the streets at the moment?

Dennis: Uh, yea, just thank you very much for doing this. I live in New York so I’ve been down to Zucati Park a number of times and well, it’s pretty cold now. The record came out before the occupy thing started but it’s all connected, my hats off to everyone who’s involved in it and I’m behind the movement 100%. It’s something that goes right along with our record, it’s really cool when that happens. I mean, I was really happy with way the record came out so we’re just glad that it says something.

Did you really set out to stake your claim on the line with this record, do you think it’s more political?

Dennis: No, not that the record is that necessarily, I just think that it addresses some of the results of the economic downturn. (the people responsible for it) I mean Dave, our singer, he actually moved to Detroit recently with his wife, and they moved there just before the economy collapsed while he was writing at the time, and Detroit was one of the hardest hit cities in the US, you felt that desperation was there, so to have the occupy movements happening all over the world is something really great. It’s a once in a lifetime thing for me so far, I’ve never experienced anything like it.

It definitely seems of a completely different nature from the protests we’ve had before, like the anti globalisation protests in Seattle in 1999, do you think the movement is evolving into something more mature?

Dennis: Yea those were pretty violent. There was definitely an element of vandalism and violence that was there. There was some violence at the beginning of this too, that’s kind of how it got on the map, when the media picked it up. I think you know the anti-war movement against the invasion of Iraq there was that huge opposition, but this seems to be different in the sense that it’s more sustained, it’s going on day after day and it’s spreading globally where as that seemed massive just for one day or two days and then, well, it didn’t stop anything but back to your original question; it’s definitely unique in that it seems very democratic, there’s no leaders, there’s no sort of agenda and I think the media’s having a hard time pigeonholing it so they can decapitate it and they just can’t. And when you go onwards it’s incredible how these people are just coming together and they’ve created a little city; there’s a kitchen there, a library and they have a meeting every night, the general assembly. It’s really something.

Do you think they can succeed without specific aims in this discussion group style format?

Dennis: Well they’ve already changed the narrative haven’t they? We’re talking about it. The whole world is. So I think that’s one step, one thing that’s already worked. There are no limits to them if it keeps going the way it’s going. It’s going to be difficult, Zucati park’s only one block so you can’t have a million people there but the funny thing about it is that it’s globalised protest in the way these people globalise their corporations, the whole movement’s globalised, it’s not like it has to be in one place. It’s all over the world, people in the Arab countries have solidarity with it, so I think it has the potential to do an enormous amount of good and it’s already raising an awareness which, like I said before, it’s step one.

Like you say, your singer Dave is from Ireland originally and it seems fair to say that your music is very much a cultural crossover of American Punk combined with Irish traditional music that has a lot of it’s roots in themes of immigrant struggle, do you think the American Dream is still a reality for immigrants to the USA now? Do you think it still offers that sense of hope that always seemed so all-pervasive in American culture?

Dennis: Now I don’t want to get too pessimistic, but I think the American dream is over. Capitalism, I don’t see it as continuing the way it has for the last 30 years. I think this will be the first generation where our kids will not do as well as their parents did, where in the last 30 years you had the opposite. But there’s potential I mean for an immigrant to come over, get an education, a lot of foreign people are becoming doctors and engineers and attorneys, they have a different mindset than a lot of american kids, you know? (chuckle) They’re coming from a very less privileged place so it’s their ticket out of poverty, so I mean that’s still there in that sense. But with manufacturing jobs and making things in our country, society, it’s changing. There’s huge shifts, and we’re just starting to see the beginning of white collar jobs being outsources, as more and more people get educated and go back to their own country, and as the middle class keeps rising in China and India, I think that we’ll start seeing more of our skilled jobs being outsourced.

Now obviously, you guys are really busy constantly touring around but your roots are in the folk genre, which has a very everyone have a go, get involved sort of spirit, do you still get the chance to head down the pub and play music with your friends?

Dennis: Oh yea on the road we do, we’ll just go down to a pub and play traditional Irish music. It’s cool coz you don’t need any amps or anything you can just turn up and do it.

Do you find places easily on the road which are good to jam in?

Dennis: That’s really easy, you just talk to people and they tell you where’s good to go.

Ha, that would be amazing to see, head down your local pub and see Flogging Molly doing an acoustic session! You were at Reading and Leeds this summer; did you get a chance to check out any good UK bands that you got into?

Dennis: I usually don’t find out where bands are from but I like Sharks. Suedehead I like, their singer’s from the UK I don’t know about the rest of the band.

Sharks seem to be making a real impact both here and America at the moment.

Dennis: Well we were talking about bringing them out on tour, so..  Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons, that’s a good record.

Yea they’ve managed to create a really broad following in the UK, everyone seems to be into them.

Dennis: Yea America too actually.

How do you see Folk-Punk progressing as a genre, do you think the success of the Celtic influence has limited the possibility due to how it’s perceived by a wider audience?

Dennis: Well, it’s unlimited right? Because you look at it and the whole world’s got their own different version of folk music, so you can draw on all that. If you write a great song, a great song’s a great song. It doesn’t matter if it’s an eastern european style song, or an Italian riff with it or an Irish riff. A great song’s a great song.

I don’t like to think of music in genres. I know that folk music, like the success of Mumford and Sons in the US, is pushed in the mainstream again but it’s never gone you know? It’s never in style but it’s always there because everyday people will always be attracted to it. So I don’t think it’ll ever be in style, so to speak, like how dubstep is in style right now but one day it’ll go away.

Dubstep-Folk, could that work?

Dennis: Er, haha, gotta go back to my original statement, if it’s a good song yea. But I’m just saying it’s in right now but in 100 years time it won’t be around and folk music will be. So I think that’s a testament to that it’s unlimited.

Do you go out and seek these folk styles from around the world?

Dennis: Not really, I’ll just hear of what’s about, that’s how I know about dubstep. I’ll find stuff just through talking to people. The internet’s so vast it’s almost intimidating, you could spend days looking for stuff, researching music if you wanted. I’ve lately been getting into a lot of early American music…

Are you into Zydeco music?

Dennis: Love it, yeah… Boozy Chavez. There’s a couple of guys i’ve been really getting into from New Orleans, Books Sneagan, he’s a guitar player. Boozy Chavez is one of the classics, check him out. The other guy I really like is James Booker, piano player. They’re both dead..

How do you guys manage to keep chilled and hanging out constantly when you’re on tour with 7 of you?

Dennis: Well it has its upsides and downsides you know. But it’s like a family. It’s really great that we’re all these people who’ve come from very different places and backgrounds that can come together and create something like what we do.

By: Chris Fishlock

Having released their latest album since 1999 in the form of ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ , we caught up with Alec Empire from Atari Teenage Riot, who are currently touring the US and preparing to release new single Black Flags. We talked to Alec about the new video, the latest album, the music industry and more.

Atari Teenage Riot

You have teamed up with activist group Anonymous for your new video for ‘Black Flags’, do you support the work Anonymous have done so far? What do you think of their high profile attack on Sony earlier this year?

Alec: We referenced them in our song which we recorded a few months ago, so when we announced the concept for the video, a few of them got in touch to participate on some level. Of course we totally loved that. I mean, there are so many people involved, you can’t really say that ‘they all’ got involved because they don’t function like that. I love their sense of humor, their actions, the image.

I witnessed a protest a while ago against Scientology in Germany and that was really powerful stuff. But I have to say that I also like the trolling and all the non political joke stuff… It’s just my sense of humor. Some people call that ‘childish’ but I like it… And their political activism is right. In the situation we are right now with the authorities making peaceful protesting impossible and mainstream media ignoring those protests, taking down a website of a corporation can send a message. Can it change anything? Let me put it this way, it can change more than democratically elected politicians can change right now. Because people see the actions and question the status quo. That is good and important.

You are getting fans to contribute to the ‘Black Flags’ video, you also often talk to fans via twitter and social networks, is connecting with your fan base and making them part of things such as music videos something you find important?

Alec: I think it’s good to let others participate in projects like this. It’s also a lot of fun. We were surprised by all the clips we got sent by fans. They had good ideas. It takes some balls to film yourself and appear in a music video. Especially one with a message like this one. Some people sent in crazy black flag corpsing shots… In a shopping mall for example – seconds later the security guards would appear. The best thing is when you watch the whole takes where people lip-sync the song, they have such a fun time doing it – that just put me in a good mood! In times when record labels go down, who do you listen to… Yes, the fans! Everything else is just bubbles which burst after a few weeks.

ATR // 'Black Flags' artwork

Before the reunion of Atari Teenage Riot you were ready to release a new solo album before deciding to concentrate on ATR, any plans for the album’s release?

Alec: Yes, it’s still waiting for its release. I am not rushing it.

‘Is This Hyperreal?’ has been well received critically, how do you think it stands up against the other Atari Teenage Riot albums? And which of the four albums is your personal favourite and why?

Alec: It’s the best ATR album in my opinion. The only problem is that some music critics can’t decipher the lyrics when they don’t deal with those political topics. I read some of the dumbest shit I have ever read. Journalists write things like we are ‘against the internet’ for example, but then authors like Steven Levy did great interviews/conversations with me. That’s what I love most about this record. The type of people it made me come in contact with. People who really know their shit. I also realised that anything related to internet swarm buzz hype shit is not for me at all. I am very very bored with the music industry at this point.

Atari Teenage Riot – Activate!

You have blogged about how the music industry has changed and that both file sharers and major labels are greedy. How do you think the music industry needs to change in order to prevent both the major labels and file sharers from running the industry?

Alec: They run the what’s left of the industry and they all run it into the ground. Governments try to help with funding in various countries – I see that as the biggest threat to free art.

I am on the side of those who create and produce and not of those who exploit and consume. In the blog you mentioned I spoke about a ‘new mindset’. People have to understand that they drive the music scene and should be in control. So their choices should motivate the artists to create, not only what people expect them to but also to surprise them.

The problem of our era is that music has no value to most people. It is expected. Like the food that is stocked in supermarket chains or the water that’s coming out of your bathroom tub. I am only speaking about it because people ask me, I don’t really care about what happens to the music industry or scene as a whole. Mainly because I don’t see myself as a part of it.

Despite all members of ATR not being British, the band have been based in London with both the comeback and album premiere shows taking place in the city, do you find that the band have a special bond with London and what do you think about the recent riots that have taken place in the city?

Alec: London always played a key role for us. We were first played on the radio by John Peel there, got signed to a Major label, then created our label Digital Hardcore there. We mastered almost all records there. I blogged about the riots in London a few hours after they occurred. I suggest you read the article. It did receive over 100,000 unique views in the first day it went up and was quoted in various articles about the riots in Germany.

On a bit of a different note, you have plenty of young and new bands supporting you on tour, what newer bands do you recommend we check out and what older bands are you currently listening to a lot at the moment?

Alec: Yes, amazing stuff. Otto Von Schirach with his new music has been killing it every night on the US tour so far. Retox which is members of All Leather and Locust were blowing people away. We have Rowdy Superstar opening up for our dates in October. I love that guy. Very very good stuff. Do they have beards, stand around and play safe to death guitar indie electronic crap that pleases boring people? No. That’s why I love playing with powerful musicians, they are part of a great night.

You can currently download ‘Black Flags’ for free here, and make sure you check out the bands phenomenal live show, at the dates below:

05.10.2011 AT-Vienna, Szene
06.10.2011 AT-Linz, Posthof
07.10.2011 SI-Ljubljana, Kino Siska
12.10.2011 DE-Berlin, Astra
13.10.2011 DE-Leipzig, Werk II
14.10.2011 DE-Cottbus, Gladhouse
15.10.2011 PL-Warsaw, Progresja
16.10.2011 PL-Wroclaw, Firlej
21.10.2011 AT-Dornbirn, Dornbirn
22.10.2011 DE-Stuttgart, Universum
28.10.2011 NL-Dordrecht, Bibelot
29.10.2011 NL-Haarlem, Patronaat
31.10.2011 FR-Lille, Aeronef
01.11.2011 FR-Clermont-Ferrand,
03.11.2011 FR-Saint-Etienne, Le Fil
04.11.2011 FR-Nantes, Le Ferrailleur
23.11.2011 RU-Moscow, Tochka
24.11.2011 RU-St. Petersburg, Glavclub
25.11.2011 FI-Helsinki, Nosturi
26.11.2011 SE-Stockholm, Debaser

By: James Murray

It doesn’t matter how much you know about bass music, chances are DJ Fresh is a name you’re familiar with. The release of Kryptonite mid-2010 gave the profile of DJ Fresh a huge boost, as Gold Dust and Lassitude made an impact on worldwide music charts. More recently, Louder made history as the first dubstep track to ever reach the #1 spot in the UK – and as a follow-up release and celebration of his beloved record label Breakbeat Kaos are set to release the first in a series of compilations; Bass Music 1. 

Dubstep has been on the rise in the UK for several years now, and Breakbeat Kaos remains at the forefront of both the drum & bass and dubstep scenes. Following the labels success, who could be a more fitting interviewee than Daniel Stein AKA DJ Fresh, chart topper and innovator of bass music.

DJ Fresh // Breakbeat Kaos

Breakbeat Kaos is without a doubt one of the leading drum and bass record labels, and the tracklist for Bass Music 1 showcases that -what does it mean to you to be a major part of Breakbeat Kaos at this time?

Fresh: If you’re part of Breakbeat Kaos you’re part of a revolution. Virtually all our artists have gone on to become the top names in UK urban music. A BBK release is like earning your stripes.

Breakbeat Kaos has hosted many names in the past that have gone on to reshape bass music and truly expose bass music to the rest of the world – do you still plan on signing the smaller, budding artists as well as supporting the bigger names?

Fresh: We always have, Chase and Status were budding artists when we signed Duppy Man! As were Nero when we signed Act Like You Know. Now we’re working with new artists like Kamuki and Pixel Fist.

DJ Fresh, in action // shared by Kilian Martin

Getting a dubstep track to the UK number 1 spot with Louder is perhaps the most important milestone for the genre so far. As you’re heavily involved with both the drum & bass and dubstep scenes with both your label and productions this must’ve been a great achievement on a personal level?

Fresh: Definitely; I think it’s a signpost for UK music, as have been the recent success of Chase and Status Nero flux Pavillion etc. The thing I’m most proud of is the role the label has played in helping build that platform for bass music.

Following the success of Kryptonite, what’s now planned for DJ Fresh?

Fresh: I’m working on a new album at the moment and full live show in November, FRESH / LIVE.. Really excited about that. Tickets are on sale at (wink wink)

Bass Music 1 // forthcoming on Breakbeat Kaos

Do you intend to stick to the dubstep orientated sounds of Louder or the older Fresh styles such as that of Heavyweight in future productions?

Fresh: Both.

As Kryptonite has been such a commercial success you’ve played to some audiences, for example at large-scale festivals, which you perhaps wouldn’t have played to so much in the past. Do you have to adapt your DJ sets depending on the crowd?

Fresh: My sets have changed alot over the past couple of years. I’ve been playing bits of breaks and electro for a while as I was making stuff with Deekline and Wizard etc. But with the opening up of the music and the type of gigs I’ve been playing it’s really given me a platform to go anywhere with my sets… And I feel more at home djing now than ever before, it feels like I’ve found myself as a DJ.

By: Alexandra Lyon

On the weekend of September 3rd hundreds of music fans from all around Doncaster gathered in the Market Place, for one of the town’s most popular events. Doncaster Live, a free event, is hosted by the council each year to showcase new local talent and give the people of Doncaster a brilliant few days.

Among the acts were Playground Mafia, Summerlin, Stone Ugly and MC Stereos to name a few. Co-headlining on the Saturday night were The Beaus. These talented boys all grew up in Doncaster, and really show that Doncaster has people to be proud of. Consisting of Doya Beardmore on guitar and vocals, Daniel Nicklin on bass, and Mitchell Fenn on the drums, I caught up with Doya and Daniel to ask a few questions.

Doya Beardmore // The Beaus @ Doncaster Live

Where did you initially meet, and whose idea was it to form a band?

Daniel: We’ve known each other since we were sort of, five, or something? So…
Doya: Yeah, we’ve always been messing about with tunes and that. We like loads of bands, and we got together with Mitchell and just started doing it properly. But yeah, we’ve known each other since we were five.

Did you find it difficult to get started and get noticed around Doncaster?

Doya: No, the other way round really. We did our first gig in Doncaster and for some reason everyone turned up. We had a different singer then, and it wasn’t that good basically. So, everyone just seemed to know from the off and then we sort of had to get good while everybody waited.
Daniel: That was the most awful gig!
Doya: Haha, yeah. But we’re good now, so it’s alright.

How long have you been playing together?

Daniel: What is it now?
Doya: Four years? Yeah, four years. A lot of grafting, and loads of rubbish gigs!

Have there been any particular high points or low points in your careers so far?

Daniel: We once played, you know the King Blues?
Doya: .. Yeah, this is a low point –
Daniel: We played in Manchester two years ago now and something happened with the promoters, basically. The King Blues fell out with the promoters and to tried to do them over, they put us on after them so that we were headlining. And it was a small place, they brought about 150 people. They played, then as soon as they were finished everyone just went, so we had to play to an empty room.
Doya: Yeah, only one man stayed.

You were one of the headliners for Doncaster Live this year, how do you like playing in Doncaster compared to in other places?

Daniel: Well, this is the first time we’ve played in Donny for about two years. So it was nice to play this one, like after all this time when some people you know come down and see you. We don’t play here often, but tonight’s been good, yeah.
Doya: We were gonna play last year, same slot, but we got into a bit of a dilemma in Newcastle and he got a nice punch to his jaw. So we couldn’t exactly play. We were a bit out of it!

The Beaus – All’s Well That Ends Well

Are you playing any more gigs this year? If not, what do you have planned instead?

Doya: You’ve missed all our summer ones, we’ve done all our summer sort of festivals, this is the last one for that.
Daniel: I think we’re going to be recording mainly, this winter.
Doya: An album or an EP.
Daniel: And then maybe some gigs later on in the year. Not sure, yet.
Doya: I think we might have a few in London, just a few. Tasters really, down there in late autumn.

Are there any particular gigs that you’ve played that always stick in your mind?

Both: Sound City!
Doya: Yeah, Sound City in Liverpool, that was great.
Daniel: Everyone just sort of, got it.
Doya: Yeah, we headlined the Yorkshire Music Stage. We got there and it was pretty empty, bit of a drag… But yeah, we got there and after the first note it was just packed out. Absolutely buzzing, we got really into it.

Daniel Nicklin // The Beaus @ Doncaster Live

Have you got any plans for an album? If yes, when roughly do you think it’ll be released?

Daniel: I don’t think it’ll be until next year, but we’ll probably be recording this year mainly.
Doya: Yeah, next year maybe? Possibly early spring.
Daniel: Plus, all the Christmas stuff’s gonna slow it.
Doya: Yeah, we’ve just got a big bag of tunes. Just got to record them and pick the best ones. The best ones to wear!

Last one, where do you see yourselves in five years time?

Doya: Haha, last time we were asked this question it was for this Mexican magazine… they translated it wrong. They asked us where we’d be, and we said “the biggest band in the world!”
Daniel: It translated as “we are currently the biggest band in the world.” So yeah, there’s a lot of Mexicans who think we’re fairly cocky!
Doya: Yeah but, no, in five years, we want to be managing properly, have a portfolio off the back of it. Maybe I might have like a used car dealership, just something ticking along in the background. A bit of second income, it’s important. It’ll keep the bank manager happy!

By: James Murray

Your Demise have got an interesting year ahead of them – as it’s recently been announced that they will be touring Europe with Letlive and Enter Shikari. Amongst their tour dates are several festival appearances at some of Europe and the UK’s biggest music festivals – and Sound-Revolution decided to have a little catch up with James Tailby, the Your Demise drummer, to discuss their tour and what we can expect from the lads both on the road and after.

Your Demise - Touring with Enter Shikari and Letlive in September

S-R: It’s been announced that you’ll be touring with Enter Shikari and Letlive across Europe in Autumn – How does it feel to be a part of that?

YD: It’s great man, we’re all super excited. We’ve been friends with Shikari for a while, and having already toured with Letlive this year, it should make for a real fun tour!

S-R: How did the touring opportunity come about – did Enter Shikari approach you personally? We hear you’re good friends…

YD: Yeah, I’m pretty sure they approached us personally about the tour. A couple of the dudes in YD are from the same place as ES, and have been friends for a long while, so a full European tour together has been a long time coming!

S-R: Obviously you’re pretty much touring non-stop for the remainder of this year, but do you have any plans to get back into the studio afterwards?

YD: Absolutely. We’re writing the record over the summer, whilst we’re on the festival run, with the intention of having it finished by the time the tour with Enter Shikari is finished. We’re looking to record pretty much straight after that tour is done, with a pencilled release date as the early months of 2012 I guess! It’ll be a banger, don’t you worry, we’ve got some real deal shit in the pipeline.

Your Demise - The Kids We Used To Be

S-R: It’s already been over eight months since the release of The Kids We Used To Be – now that you’ve been playing the tracks from that record live for a while, how do you personally think it compares to your previous releases?

YD: It’s the best thing we’ve ever done, by a bloody mile. Honestly, I barely even think of YD, pre-TKWUTB. Obviously we still play a couple of old songs, but The Kids We Used To Be is the strongest material we’ve written to date. The new album will be even better (obviously), but we won’t be playing any tunes from that for a little while!

S-R: It’s recently been announced that you’ll be making an appearance on the Lock-Up stage at Leeds & Reading, how does it feel to be sharing a stage gracing some of the biggest names in punk rock?

YD: It’s a dream come true. I first went to Reading Festival in 2003, and have been nearly every year since then, so to be playing it this year blows my mind. Not only that, but we’re playing the same stage as some of my favourite bands like Descendents, and Hot Water Music, so I’m stoked! There’s so many artists playing over the weekend that I’m real excited to see, I can’t wait!

S-R: You’ll be making plenty other appearances at festivals across the summer including Download and Pukkelpop – which one festival are you the most excited about?

YD: I’m going to say I’m probably most excited about playing Reading & Leeds, but other than that, Download last year was wild for us, so hopefully this year will top that, and we’re playing a bunch of fests we’ve never done before, so I’m just excited to be playing them! I’m pretty sure we’re playing the same festivals as Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, Kyuss, amongst others across the Summer, so I really can’t complain about anything y’know!

S-R: Finally, if you had to hit the roads of Europe in September with only three tracks by any band or artist – what would they be and why?

YD: Good question. I’ll go with whole albums, it’s a little easier!

Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Taylor Swift – Speak Now

That’s pretty much my favourite album of all time (Rancid), and 2 records I’ve been banging hard of late. Don’t judge me.

Your Demise – Scared of the Light

By James Murray:

Hailing from ‘the Highlands of Scotland’ Le Reno Amps create, in their own words, “Good music”. Their new album Appetite is out on April 18th. Sound-Revolution took some time to speak to Scott Maple about the new album, touring and all things Le Reno Amps.

Le Reno Amps // Press Shot

Le Reno Amps // Press Shot

S-R: Le Reno Amps seem to be a very active band in the studio, what are your personal feelings about Appetite compared to earlier releases?

LRA: We’re very pleased with how Appetite has turned out. We had a lot of strong songs, so we were able to add a bonus 6-track EP for early uptakers.

With Lindsey – our previous bassist, leaving after the touring commitments for our last record were fulfilled – and us having limited funds, we went back to ground and did the majority of this album ourselves. So on one hand we had the luxury of time to really go to town on the tracks, but on the other we were fighting against the sonic limitations of home-recording versus pro-studio.

At the end of the day I think we managed the right balance, sonically it’s not got as much sheen as our last effort (recorded with Andy Miller at Chem19), but musically it’s got more depth and scope.

S-R: Would you say Appetite is a development on your earlier sound? What did you do with this album to make it stand out?

LRA: We’ve brought in elements of all our previous recordings to this record – from our debut LP (us writing and recording as a duo, choral-style vocals), through ‘So For Your Thrills…’ (Country-tinged songs, introducing other players to the mix) to ‘Tear it Open’ (Rockier numbers, performed with a ‘full band’ rather than a duo). So yes, it’s a development – we’ve (hopefully) taken the best parts of our previous ventures and melded them together.

As for making it stand out – well you’ve said yourself that it’s difficult to tag, we’ve created our own genre, so we’re outstanding in a field of our own.

S-R: The artwork for Appetite certainly catches the eye; can you explain your thoughts behind it?

LRA: Skulls and Breasts.

Le Reno Amps - Appetite // Album Artwork

Le Reno Amps - Appetite // Album Artwork

S-R: There’s not really a genre tag that could be easily associated with Le Reno Amps, so how would you describe your own music?

LRA: When people ask what kind of music it is, we often answer flippantly – “Good music”.

Rather than try to write a ‘rock’ album or ‘country’ album, we try to write an album of good songs. We’re into a wide range of music, so that must feed into our songwriting. It’s completely organic and whilst it’s not an attempt to fit to any kind of genre, it’s equally not an attempt to not fit any kind of genre. Capisce?

…and I mean, at the end of the day we play drums, bass, guitar and vocals, so just how different can the songs be? It’s not like we crack out the Tuvan throat singing, banging techno or chamber orchestra.

That’s the NEXT album!

Le Reno Amps – Bad Blood

S-R: Once the album is released what are your plans – can we expect tour dates or any festival appearances?

LRA: Well, we’re doing gigs around Scotland for sure – we already took a trip up to the highlands and we’re playing around the central belt in the week of release. Not having a dedicated band (remember, we’re technically a duo with a cast of supporting players) makes logistics harder than we’d like for longer tours further from our Glasgow base. Jason, our drummer, lives up North and has commitments with his own band, Cuddly Shark. Mandy, our current bass player extraordinaire is based in Glasgow but she also has commitments with her band, Super Adventure Club, so it’s a balancing act and one that we’re still perfecting.