Leicester weekender Handmade has a top line-up this year. From indie faves Drenge, Circa Waves and The Big Moon, to some of rock’s finest including Black Peaks, Future of the Left and The Wytches. There are also some buzz up-and-comers, like Gender Roles here, who have a brand new EP too.
Hey Tom, what are you guys up to at the mo, do you have a lot on?
So at the minute, we’ve gone from playing relentlessly to planning restlessly. Just getting prepared for the rest of the year really. A lot more shows, writing, recording and a lot of trying to keep up. It’s going to be busy but super exciting and a heck ton of fun.
Tell us about your new EP, what’s it about?
‘Lazer Rush’ is the latest EP, we’ve been releasing songs from it every few months, and now the 7″ is ready to meet the world along with a cheeky digital download included. It’s about a lot of different things in its entirety, each song has it’s own story, but funnily enough, it’s not about lasers. Weird, right? It’s generally about everyday life, problems that we run into and thinking differently about situations. Having said that, I guess most songs are about that, unless you’re Radiohead.
You’re heading out on a free-entry tour before festival season, aren’t you? What a neat idea.
We are indeed! Cannot wait to get back on the road. It’s a really neat idea, the best things in life are free, unless they cost something, in which case, some things that are free are good, just like our tour. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it will be more fun for more people if it has cost them less. It’s basically one giant win-win situation. We’ll be playing nine shows from Brighton to Glasgow and some in-between. We’re going back to places we’ve been and loved and going to places we’ve never been to so should be a right laugh.
Do you mix up your set for festivals vs your own shows, or is that not really a thing?
We’ve never had to really think about that before! The ones we have played, we’ve treated the same as any show really just based it on how long we have and what equipment is working at the time. It’s nice to feel prepared, but it’s good to chuck in a couple of surprises to keep it juicy. Like if Jed’s bass stops working me and Jordan will just play something, or if I break a string, the rhythm twins step in.
Are you looking forward to Handmade this May? There are loads of great bands on the bill.
You bet your blooming banana bread we are! Not had the opportunity to go, so to be playing is great! The line-up looks so good. The stage we’re playing (Scholar) alone has some belters. Overall really stoked for Get.Cape, Black Peaks, Dinosaur-Pile Up, Protomartyr, Kamikaze Girls and The Wytches!
Are there any essentials you have to pack when you head out on the road?
– Bubble Wands
– Printed out memes in case there’s no chargers or signal
– Couple of pipes
– Backup crate
– Banana (only one though, it’s mainly for throwing)
– Condiments case
Who else are you looking forward to seeing at 2018’s festivals?
We’re playing quite a few festivals this year that have some rad line ups. Really looking forward to catching At The Drive In, Touche Amore, Hell is for Heroes at 2000 Trees, Boston Manor and itoldyouiwouldeatyou at Truck. We’re playing a couple with Nervus, Delta Sleep and The Big Moon so should hopefully get at least one each of those rockers! But yeah there are literally loads of bands playing loads of great festivals, and hopefully, we’ll get to see as many as possible in between playing! *insert busy emoji*
Do you have anything else coming up that we should know about?
Well, we’re about to get back into playing relentlessly, so there will be even more shows/tours we’ll be announcing over the next few months. There will be a lot, but they’ll be posted all over the internet, nice and easy to find. Who said European Tour? It definitely wasn’t me.