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LeeFest 2016 Interview: Frank Carter (Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes)

 
By on Wednesday, 31st August 2016 at 11:00 am
 

“A lot of people have preconceived ideas of who I am as a person and who I am a a performer, because of my history. I’m really enjoying wiping that slate clean. It’s been a lot of fun.” Frank Carter’s career started back in 2005 with Gallows, who released their debut album ‘Orchestra of Wolves’ to critical acclaim. After parting ways with Gallows due to creative differences, he then proceeded to form a band called Pure Love. It was when Pure Love went on an indefinite hiatus that he found himself in the unknown.

However, a third incarnation of his career, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, is where Carter firmly believes he has finally found his home. When talking to Frank Carter, you can tell he is a man who is determined to be the best at what he does and who is also going to have a great time doing it. “For us, it’s just all about going out and just having fun with it because ultimately, if we’re having fun, it doesn’t really matter what people think, as long as we’ve had a great show, because we’re the ones that have to do this every day. You’ve just got to go and have fun and play every show like you might not get to play the next one”.

This is the key aspect to anything Carter touches. It’s him doing what he needs to, and he’s finally found the band to back him up. “I just set out to write songs and play them the best I could. I’ve definitely resonated with people over the years. Now I’m in a position where I’ve got the right band to capture new fans and pay respect to my old fans so they don’t feel like I’ve abandoned them. They’ve watched me grow up and they’ve grown up along with me. They’re different people than what they were, like I am now. Now it’s a lot to do with respect. I know where I’ve come from, and I’m not trying to run away from that.”

Touching more upon his personal journey, Carter discusses his performance evolution, an always integral part to any artist’s craft. “I’ve always been quite a scrappy performer, I’m a professional scrappy performer. I’ve found a way now to manipulate all the best parts of that and embrace the parts that I was missing. I never ran songs through into other songs, I used to talk for way too long, which slows the flow of the show down. Now we have a few where it’s just bang bang bang, which gives people a big burst of music that they’re not really ready for. That means I can then talk for ages about some bullshit. I feel that’s what I’m learning, how to control the madness a bit better, more so than I have before. I’ve always been good at that, but it can run away with you, like really easily, and so now I’m trying to tighten the leash a little bit.”

Of course, it’s not all been smooth sailing for Carter throughout this process. He talks about his journey to this point with a deep reflectiveness. “I’ve had a troubled relationship with music and my career, but now I feel like I finally understand what I’m supposed to be doing, where I should be. I feel good as a performer for the first time in my life, which is not something to be scoffed at. I’ve found who I am.” Going further into this self-learning, he continues, “I’ve had a heavy couple of weeks of deconstructing the idea of me that people have. A lot of people have sort of been like, ‘Who are you?’ or ‘We don’t know you!’, and I’m now saying to them, ‘I am myself’. It feels good finally to be this and I feel like I’ve been looking for a long time. I’ve finally gotten there, so I’m in really good place.” The future is certainly going to be strong for Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. With a UK tour coming up at the tail end of the year and a second album in January, they’re continuously working hard, as Carter puts it, “to try and show the world that we’re an important band”.

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He also opens up into the current state of the music industry and what it means for newer bands to reinforce his previous point. “Genres and cliques have fallen away. Anybody can listen to anything, which is a great thing, but it also means you open your competition up to the entire spectrum of music. You have to form an act on a level that can compete with all those genres and bands and styles. So that’s kind of what we’re doing at the minute, trying to just find our place in music.”

Since we’re talking to Carter at LeeFest 2016, it would be rude not to discuss festivals in some format, and festivals are where The Rattlesnakes are apparently most at home. “Everyone wants to have a good time when they’re at a festival, it’s normally your chance to escape reality for a little bit. We being a band that want to kind of abuse that in people, we relish it. Festivals are kind of our thing, we just like having a good time. We’ve had a really good summer, so I’m excited about what this band can be in the future at festivals. For us, I’ll always take a festival over a small show because you just get to play to more people and have a great time.” The strength with The Rattlesnakes is Carter’s approach to every gig. “We don’t really try, we just do. We just go out and play the same sort of show be it 7,000 people or 10 people, we just keep doing our thing.”

To check out where you might catch Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes live next, visit their official Web site. nearly half of their UK tour dates in November are already sold out, so be quick to snap up tickets to the remaining dates if you’re keen on seeing them.

 

LeeFest 2016 Interview: Tarek Musa of Spring King

 
By on Tuesday, 30th August 2016 at 11:00 am
 

In case you missed last year’s launch of Beats 1 Radio, Zane Lowe’s new home after leaving BBC Radio 1, he had the choice of the entirety of recorded music to kick off these new airwaves. The track he chose, Spring King‘s ‘City’, was not only a surprise to us early listeners, but it was also an unregistered shock to Tarek Musa, Spring King’s drummer and vocalist (pictured second from right in the photo at top). “I was in my boxer shorts playing drums and a journalist from London texted me saying congratulations. I was like, ‘What for?’ I didn’t know what he was on about and he just went, ‘Go online’. I instantly got it, and I couldn’t believe it, it was fucking insane.” As Musa remembers this moment that will surely never be forgotten in the Spring King story, you can still see the amazement and disbelief in this face.

Speaking to TGTF at LeeFest 2016 where the band played a triumphant set, Musa continues recalling this joyous memory. “I guess the Beats 1 thing was like a massive booster. Just before it we went to SXSW [2015] which was quite a big thing for us, and after that Courtney Barnett asked us to support her on her UK tour. The Beats 1 thing was the catalyst on top of the Courtney Barnett and SXSW pieces. It was so cool, that was one of the most crazy experiences of my life. It wasn’t like a PR thing or anything, we had no idea. I just got really drunk for 3 days to celebrate. It was fucking insane, those few days were filled with the idea of what could happen.”

The first change they found was probably the most obvious, as Musa explains. “I think what that did for us primarily was get us a bit of label attention. We had labels who were already interested but a lot of bigger labels sparked interest. More importantly, though, we had so many more people listening to ‘City’, and then listening to Spring King. So many young people commenting on YouTube being all ‘oh, I was brought here by Beats 1!’ etc., that was really insane. That was when our fanbase really began to grow, and that’s what it’s about, playing to loads of people.”

With all this newfound publicity and a fanbase that gained in numbers almost within the space of a 3 and a half minute track, the next obvious move was the debut album, though Musa says it wasn’t actually in the pipeline straight away. “We didn’t start writing the album ’til September because we just came off a tour and went straight into the studio but then went on tour with Slaves and Spector. We had 3 weeks to do the album in the month of September, it wasn’t really planned.”

Going further into this time period, Musa recalls enthusiastically, “I had all these demos and I was like, ‘We’re gonna record these in the studio’ and we had this massive plan of these songs, but when we got there, and we’d never been in a recording studio in our lives as Spring King, it was like, ‘Whoa, there’s a keyboard there and a couple of guitars there, let’s try them all out!’ and then all of a sudden we had all these new sounds. Then we started writing songs in the studio, so we went in with 15 songs we were adamant were going to be on the album and then we wrote 5 new ones while there. It was just such an inspiring place.”

The normal Spring King writing process had reached a bit of a impasse, which fortunately led to this studio time. “We write all our stuff normally in my house, an old lady used to live there in an annex, so we used to record everything there. We had this album planned and we had it planned in for like, late August, nearly set, and then my brother decided to move back in with his baby so we couldn’t record in the house. So we were like, ‘We need to get a studio but we can’t afford this’. Luckily at the same time, the PRS for Music Foundation emailed us and told us our application had been accepted for a grant. It was the perfect time.”

It can’t be denied that Spring King’s current success is a mixture of both hard work and sheer luck. From being the first broadcasted piece of music on a worldwide internet radio station to a funding grant for studio time, they always appear to land on their feet. Musa knows that they need to keep the traction going while it’s still here, over a year after the jettison into the mainstream. “I think the next steps for us is just touring more and thinking about album two. We’ll maybe drop that in about a year or so, but mainly just loads of touring. I think for us, people think ‘Oh, you are doing really well’, but when you’re in the van you don’t really feel that, you just go to shows and play. It might be to more and more people, but that’s all you think about.”

TGTF’s previous coverage of Spring King, including their aforementioned appearances at SXSW 2015 and a review of their debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, is gathered right back here. Check out their new single ‘Detroit’ just below; they’ll be all over the place in the UK on tour in October.

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LeeFest 2016 Interview: Oscar

 
By on Wednesday, 24th August 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Oscar Scheller, or just Oscar as he’s known professionally, is a fast upcoming pop darling, with tunes that consist of melody and a rough indie edge, whilst his baritone delivers a quaintly simplistic yet deeply emotive carry. Talking to Oscar about anything, you find the same kind of thoughtfulness that’s present in his music. Our interview at LeeFest 2016, which took place in a catering tent backstage, was no different.

“I think its nice playing smaller festivals because you do get the focus. People are genuinely there to enjoy everything, and they have the time to do that”, Oscar explains about the differences between the larger and smaller festivals that our country has on offer. “Like Glastonbury, it’s kind of hard to enjoy anything because you’re just worried about how long it’s going to take you to get from side to the other, it can feel like a whole day.”

It was a few weeks prior that Oscar had played Latitude Festival in Suffolk, which is where he felt his first real movement up the musical ladder. “Latitude was the first time that people stayed to like, meet me afterwards. There was at least like 40 people, we were doing selfies and selling t-shirts. Every show is going better and better. People are singing along to the words now and there’s real, sort of like, fan activity.”

His fondness for this moment is found in his description of the Suffolk getaway, “I really like small festivals, but I think Latitude is genuinely my favourite festival. For me, it’s like if I was still at school it’s one I would go to. It was amazing”. He appreciates that the difference between a festival and a gig can be quite a challenge, but it’s something he relishes. “The other thing about festivals is it’s different to a gig, because a gig people are coming to see you. They’re going to be into it. Whereas festivals, you have no idea who’s watching or what they’re into, so you really have to try and make that connection.”

Oscar’s fanbase has been steadily growing since the release of his debut album ‘Cut and Paste’, but he’s not one to sit back and hope things fall into place. He has ideas and wants to reach you all with them. “We’ve got headline tours in September and October in UK and the European festival circuit up until the end of the year, so the real emphasis is on that. I am writing and recording demos for the next record, I mean, I have so much left over.”

Oscar is somewhat of a creative factory, he explains. “I’m always making stuff, whether it’s album worthy or not. Which is good in a way, because it means I can just pick the best songs. I’m not in a rush.” This certainly means that he’ll have no issue with the follow up to ‘Cut and Paste’, though the second album is normally where people come unstuck (no pun intended). “I think half the problem with that is people can’t write on the road, or they don’t have the means to do it, [or] that’s not how they work, but I can actually write wherever. I could write in here, back of a bus, a melody could come at any time or anywhere. It’s just getting them down.”

With such a free-flowing process, he’s aware that he needs to remain focused upon the smaller goals, although he does have the larger ones in the back of his mind, “I do have massive ambitions. I guess one of them is to eventually cross over to commercial attention. That would be one of them, and write for other people, big people, do top lines for big artists, I’d love that. Yeah, just kind of keep building it”. This isn’t necessarily a modern way of thinking in this fast-paced society, as he fully well knows. “It is an old school method that I’m taking. It’s not hard or fast, it’s slow and steady. I think it will hopefully be a much richer and deeper pathway to wherever I want to go, rather than like just having it thrown at me.”

Speaking with brutal honesty, he continues into talking about the more traditional idea of success in music. “You know all these bands that get signed to major labels, they all get dropped within six months. About 90% of people who get signed to major labels don’t make it, you don’t even hear of them. That very rare 10%, those are the ones you hear about, so in a way I think it’s good that I am where I am now. If a major label wants to sign you and you haven’t got anything going, that’s really dangerous. They own you. I think it’s pretty scary. I think a lot of artists are quite naive about that.

“Signing to a label is the easiest part of the artistic process. Everything that comes after that, that’s the challenge. People say ‘I want to get signed!’ The only thing it changes is maybe you have a bit of money, and resources, just like going to university. You may have access to things you wouldn’t normally. Apart from that, your artistry doesn’t change, [and] hopefully your mentality doesn’t either. Other artists, if they meet me or whatever, or friends who aren’t signed, I say, ‘you don’t need a label’. I was lucky enough to have a really great label interested in me, they have love for it. It’s not just a business. Of course there is that aspect to it, because they have to survive, but it’s a labour of love.”

Even if such successes are sought after by the masses of budding artists and bands, they should all heed Oscar’s advice: “I think you have to hone your craft, and if that’s making things in your bedroom and breaking through that way and kind of getting natural attention like that, I mean, everyone has their own method of doing it and there’s no single way of getting through. You just have to do what’s true to you and try not to worry about it too much”.

TGTF’s full previous coverage of Oscar, including his appearance at SXSW 2016 earlier this year, is right back this way.

 

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland 2016 Roundup

 
By on Friday, 5th August 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

When you think of Neverland, you consider the following synonymous: timelessness, youthful vigour and a certain transcendence. In the middle of a forest in Kent, near Edenbridge, Neverland became a reality through the help of Lee and his homegrown festival Leefest 2016. Though the weather was not quite ideal upon first landing, it was far from an issue. The moment you wandered into the main arena, it was clear the only thing that would stop a good time being had would be those adult thoughts that should’ve been, at this point, relegated to the outside world. Neverland’s sole purpose over these 3 days was to be a vehicle for your removal from society and instead to provide you a good time.

Split into three main sections, The Neverwoods (main arena), Mermaids Lagoon (rave central) and Skull Ridge (rock city), you were never far from some form of entertainment. The introductory day, Thursday, saw the smallest of the lineup but definitely the strongest. With only Tootles Circus, your average festival tent, operating as a stage, all four acts were nice and accessible. Peluche and Loyle Carner eased the gaining crowd in, but it was the main attractions of Everything Everything and Ghostpoet (pictured at top) who garnered in the big numbers. With Everything Everything, they perfectly stoked the crowd’s fire and brought their unique blend of rapturous choruses and genre bending music. Conversely, Ghostpoet gave the tent a dark atmosphere with his blend of hip-hop-cum-rock-assault.

Friday brought forth the first full day affair, with Peluche once again kicking proceedings off, but this time on the main stage, aka the ‘Bangerang’ stage. The overall setup of the main arena was easily navigated but with the two stages being centrally located, sound spill was inevitable. Fortunately this didn’t happen frequently, though it’s a dangerous game to play. Highlights from the second day included Corey Fox-Fardell and his brand of songwriter electro melding, which was a particularly pleasant listen whilst grazing in front of the Bangerang stage. Little Simz proved why she is one to watch in the UK hip-hop game, leading the enthusiastic crowd through numerous chants as she dominated the beats surrounding her. In a similar fashion, Roots Manuva brought domineering and commanding beats that just reinforced the entire notion behind LeeFest: you can be who you want, and listen to what you want, as long as you have a good time. Rockers, hip-hoppers and the like were all moving and shaking to the sounds that flowed from the Bangerang stage.

Current London-based pop troubadour Oscar provided his blend of melodic darling instrumentation and baritone vocals. One thing’s for sure, you can’t not have a good time at an Oscar show, no matter the crowd size or venue. Dinosaur Pile-Up sat on top of the kingdom of chaos and noise after a headlining set at the Hook Rock stage in the Skull Ridge. It’s was a venue reminiscent of small clubs, where the noise cascades from all orifices and you’re able to lose yourself in the darkness amongst your other perspiring peers. Barrelling through their grunge/punk hybrid hits, the volume was overbearing at the front. We recommend you watch from a safe distance if you’re stupid enough to forget ear protection (a particular note to self).

The final day started off in stereotypical British style, with grey clouds and intermittent rain, but this didn’t affect the atmosphere. Hannah Lou Clark was a particular highlight: sans band, she used both her pure talents and an iPod to create a wonderfully relaxed and charming environment. Everybody’s favourite indie twosome We Are Scientists provided a particularly raucous set that included singer Keith Murray venturing deep into the crowd during ‘Textbook’, where he proceeded to enlist the help of a particularly fluorescent orange Poseidon who was amongst the crowd. Following these shenanigans was current electro-indie darling Shura, having released her debut album ‘Nothing’s Real’ in July. Delivering a captivating set that never failed to both strike you emotively and melodically, the biggest draw of Shura live is the fact she is clearly there because of the sheer love and devotion for her art. She knows what she likes to dance to and fortunately, we do too.

Originally announced to take place on the Thursday, after a mishap with the programs and the cat being let out of the bag early, the not-so-secret secret set from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Saturday evening was the perfect climax to this weekend of escapism and release. The pure fury that comes with any Frank Carter show is cathartic enough to make sure you leave with a weightlessness, one that can only be achieved by taking part in both a circle pit and storming the stage, two things this fortunate writer was seen doing.

After all is said and done, the aforementioned sole purpose of LeeFest was achieved. With pirates and lost boys running around shooting each other with water pistols and climbing aboard the decorative dens around the stages, it was impossible to not get lost in the affair. A festival that catered to both families and those of all ages looking to simply cut loose, the promise this event holds is even grander than its current fasthon. Considering this was Leefest’s largest year yet, the sky’s the limit. And with the lead lost boy at the helm, LeeFest could very well be a major player for years to come.

 

Leefest 2016 Interview: Michael Spearman of Everything Everything

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 at 11:00 am
 

“I guess it’s something we’ve had to learn, the learning of having to try and fill the room and when it’s an outdoor space, especially a big stage like The Other Stage [at Glastonbury], you have to sort of throw it to the back and exaggerate things a bit more”. Everything Everything drummer Michael Spearman (second anticlockwise from far right in the header photo) is currently discussing the band’s approach to playing festivals, especially after last year’s triumphant set at Worthy Farm. Spearman continues: “we’re still at that quite nice stage where we do sometimes play arenas with other bands or we play a small show, it keeps it interesting to mix it up. I think in general (singer) Jon’s always kind of adapting what he’s doing, working the space with a certain amount of charisma, which we like, [seeing] that in other bands that we see live. Watching Foals [their recent European tour mates] a lot, touring with them, they’re not stood there looking at their shoes, it’s quite an active engagement”.

Watching Everything Everything live is where you see the nature of their sound come to life. A live show filled with presence and projection, the band have no issue in staking their claim. “It doesn’t feel like we’ve trapped ourselves in to like a corner or anything. In a way, we’ve kind of made it so we can be unexpected, and people cannot necessarily know what they’re going to get from us live or on the record, but on the whole, we feel we’ve got a lot of freedom in these different areas”. This is a natural evolution for bands, especially as they release newer material. Elaborating, Spearman offers, “we’ve done three albums now and people know, for better or worse, what to expect with us a little but and I suppose that’s quite liberating in a way. We’ll also tweak the set list maybe a little bit just to make a slightly more direct engagement because some of the very small intricacies can get lost, kind of like in an arena. So I think we’ll always have our essence to us even if we play a totally different set list, we are who we are”.

Everything Everything performing live at the Low Four Studio launch in Manchester, May 2016
Everything Everything performing live at the Low Four Studio launch
in Manchester, May 2016 (watch here)

The power of Everything Everything has been strengthening since 2010’s ‘Man Alive’. Last year’s ‘Get to Heaven’ showed the band at their most unrelenting, something that Spearman agrees with. “I think the last record in particular, we didn’t want any let up until maybe the last song, and that was quite a conscious thing. The one before that (2013’s ‘Arc’) was a little bit more evenly paced, it had a bit more sort of time to it”. As their sound develops, so does the approach to give a lot more respect for those aspects that might even go unnoticed. “You know the Coen Brothers [film directors], they always talk about directing a film is totally tone management. You can’t have one scene that’s one thing and another that is too far the other way and still have a constant flow. We kind of think about that, not at first, because that’s just let’s write some songs, and then it just starts to crystallise and take some shape and you think ‘okay, we feel we want to have these songs on the record [and] not those songs’, so that we can do this with the record and that’s quite a nice feeling”.

In terms of the next natural progression to more new material, Everything Everything are already at work. with Spearman not revealing too much. “We haven’t really gotten to the lyrics yet, we’ve started writing, it’s coming quite easily, definitely easier than the last time”. Retrospectively, he remembers the process for ‘Get to Heaven’: “the first few months of the last record was a bit of a slog, and we were kind of starting to wonder what we’re doing. Then we had to sort of discard all of the songs that we had and start again, that was quite tough. This time, we kind of want to have fun with it and enjoy ourselves a bit, and so far that’s happening. We’re trying to be a bit more relaxed and easy going and, not to say the lyrics will end up like that, but in terms of the writing process, we’re trying to not put too much pressure on ourselves”.

This week also sees the band take to North America. With a sound such as theirs, Spearman describes the difficulties in translating such extremities to newer shores. “We’re quite specifically British, eccentric sounding, but I think some Americans like that. We’ve maybe made our lives a bit more difficult by being weirder than some bands, but then we wouldn’t feel like we’re not being true to ourselves. To be honest, we have a lot of work to do in America still, and we love going abroad and playing to different people, but we’re not at the same level that we are in the UK. And that’s okay, but it’s just a case of chipping away at it really.”.

If you happen to live on the American side of the pond, you can catch Everything Everything starting tomorrow night in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
Thursday 4th August 2016 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Saturday 6th August 2016 – TIME Festival – Toronto, ON, Canada
Monday 8th August 2016 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

 

Interview: Danny Todd and James Smith of exmagician (Part 2)

 
By on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at 11:00 am
 

In Part 1 of my interview with Danny Todd and James Smith of exmagician, we discussed the pair’s new album ‘Scan the Blue’, which was released in March on Bella Union.

Following the late March release of their debut LP ‘Scan the Blue’, Belfast alt-rock duo exmagician have planned a full summer of live appearances to promote the album. They recently played at Festival SOS in Murcia, Spain as well as making a stop this past weekend at The Great Escape 2016 in Brighton. Following The Great Escape, exmagician headed to continental Europe to play in Amsterdam, supporting Australian surf rockers Hockey Dad. Looking ahead to the middle of summer, the band are scheduled to play at Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival and the exclusive Tunbridge Wells festival LeeFest Presents: The Neverland in July. “We really love playing festivals,” said band member James Smith. “Certainly my favourite type of gig is a really good festival. July is a lot of festivals, the sort of smaller, boutique festivals in England, which look really good fun. We’re looking forward to them.”

Between those festival appearances and a handful of upcoming UK and Irish headline dates that are still to be announced, Smith and bandmate Danny Todd are currently working on a complete remixing of ‘Scan the Blue’. The new versions of the songs will be pared back performances of the tracks on the album, similar to the ones they recently performed in this live studio session with Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music.

The next official single from the album proper will be ‘Bend With the Wind’, which our own editor Mary remarked upon as a standout track, and Todd revealed plans for a new video to accompany its release. “It’s an animated video by an Irish artist called Eat the Danger. That should be coming out in the next month, maybe, or so. So we’re really excited about that track.” Asked which other songs from the album the band are eager to share, Todd continued, “I think they’re all quite different in their own way, which is what we try to do. But we’ve just come off tour, and it’s been nice to play ‘Smile to the Gallery’, because we’ve only really started playing it in the last 3 weeks. So we’re doing that one and ‘Feet Don’t Fail’, James’ one. It’s really nice to play that.”

Songs from ‘Scan the Blue’ have been receiving radio play on the American side of the pond as well as in the UK. Seattle public radio station KEXP featured the album track ‘Job Done’ as its Song of the Day back on the 17th of February, before the full album was even released. In the same blog entry, KEXP also shared the official video for ‘Place Your Bets’, which you can view just below.

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Todd hinted that exmagician might be considering a run of tour dates in America to support the album, though he also remarked that the outcome of the American presidential election might preclude a visit to the United States. “If Trump’s president,” he said, “I don’t know if we’re going to come out.” Though I’ve spent some time pondering the state of the current American presidential contest myself, I hadn’t previously thought about how the election might affect tour plans for artists from abroad, and I wondered aloud about the possibility of bands boycotting America entirely, refusing to tour here. Smith sadly concurred with his bandmate on that point. “Yeah, that’s a possibility. I think a lot of people are very scared. But that’s one of the things, to get over there, because our album is out in the States, and we’d like to get over and support it and tour a bit over there.”

Keep your eye on exmagician’s official Web site and Facebook page for updates on live show announcements and festival appearances. (And if you’re in the United States, keep your fingers crossed for that American tour!) TGTF’s preview of LeeFest: The Neverland, which included a mention of exmagician, posted earlier this week; if you missed it, you can read it right back here. Our full collection of coverage on exmagician is back this way.

Special thanks to Jamie and Luke for kindly arranging this interview.

 
 
 

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