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Interview: Steven Ansell of Blood Red Shoes at Reading 2012

 
By on Friday, 14th September 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Steven Ansell, one-half of Blood Red Shoes, is about all that TGTF can handle at Reading Festival. The man is a walking, talking dynamo. You can’t keep him still!

Literally, keeping eye contact with the man is task enough! But we nevertheless tied him down on day 2 of the festival and had a brief chat with him backstage.

“Playing the Main Stage with the two of us was just wicked. With just two of us it was a bit daunting, but we went out there and did great I think. It’s great to play at Reading; I mean this is one of those festivals when you start out as a band you think, that is where I want to be playing. On THAT stage.”

Now while Blood Red Shoes are just a two-piece, let’s just say they didn’t seem like it when they absolutely ran the Main Stage earlier that day. Laura-Mary Carter looked ever the rock chick poster girl she is quickly becoming. Sorry Hayley Williams, just not a ginger fan!

“I don’t feel like it is difficult being a two-piece, it’s what we know and we love doing it. The music we play is what we are passionate about, so when we are going onstage, we just kind of, zone out and play away.

“We still get a great reception for older songs like I wish ‘I Was Something Better’. But the new ones are getting a really good reception too, I mean, it’s just great that what we are doing is being appreciated on the scale it is.”

Now while Blood Red Shoes have been around for a while, it has been a slow build up for them. But breaks have popped out in their own way. One such break was in 2010, the band’s song ‘It’s Getting Boring by the Sea ‘was featured in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

“We want to keep on growing as we both just really enjoy what we do together. The plan for the future is to really just hit the road, hammer the promotion of our newest record and just enjoy life!”

Special thanks to Steven for chatting with us and Joe for sorting this interview out for us.

 

Interview: Alex Rosamilia of the Gaslight Anthem at Reading 2012

 
By on Thursday, 6th September 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Say what you want about this band playing with the Boss and everything, but without a doubt the Gaslight Anthem have earned their place on the Reading Main Stage. Their set earlier in the day was a triumph of their own fist-pumping brand of garage rock, which saw soaring singalongs and a raucous reception from the Reading Festival crowd.

After such a high octane, energy filled set TGTF was lucky enough to catch up with co-founder and lead guitarist of the Gaslight Anthem Alex Rosamilia, to ask him how it felt to be back at Reading.

“The set today went really good I think, I’d say it went really well. Yeah, of course it was special playing at Reading and I thought it went really well up there on the big Main Stage.

“It’s special also because Reading was our first-ever festival as a band, we were playing the Lock-Up Stage on the Friday. We were just surprised how many people turned out for it.”

Little did they know that playing to huge crowds was going to become a thing of routine, as the rose through the ranks.

Success in the UK kind of kicked off though when the band played their now-infamous set with Bruce Springsteen. My question then was, what was it like playing with the Boss.

“It was alright.”

Oh, okay. Do you hang out with him a lot?

“Nope.”

RIGHT! Was it just that set?

“Yup, pretty much.”

So with that over with, we get down to why on their own merit they really have taken off in the UK. One factor has to be the huge success of single ‘45’, which came out earlier this year and has been a regular on Radio 1 playlists.

“I think it’s done really well so far, it’s awesome that it is a big radio hit now; I mean Ian’s mom called him up one day at like 1 in the afternoon when she was listening to the radio to say she’d heard him!

‘It’s really cool, to be able to show the parents. SEE, I HAVEN’T BEEN WASTING MY LIFE! My Mom is proud now that’s for sure!”

Acceptance from your parents, that’s what we all strive for isn’t it?

So The good ship Gaslight seems like it is well on the right course at the moment and with the backing of the British public shored up they’re off to America to play some hometown(ish) shows.

“Touring America, no there isn’t really anywhere special, America is America really! Nothing much else to say! I mean there are cities I like but, I wouldn’t say there is like one spot which is really special to me.’

‘The plans are pretty much touring, we’ll be playing with Rise Against and Hot Water Music at the end of this year which will be cool. Then we come back over here with Blood Red Shoes, I like those guys a lot, so that will be a lot of fun.”

Many thanks to Alex for the interview and Kat for sorting this out for us.

 

Interview: King Charles at Reading 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 11:00 am
 

King Charles is one of those men at a festival like Reading 2012 that all you have to do is just have to look at him to make out that he’s not just a regular punter, he’s an artist.

“I am king of a new sound, calling on a new generation towards revolution.”

When an interview starts like that, well, it’s difficult not to realise that we have something special in our midst. Looking like a trustafarian mix between Bob Marley and Jamie T, he’s an interesting prospect when questioned to say the least and that’s just with a look at his special ‘waxed moustache’…

“There are many advantages and disadvantages of having a waxed moustache, of the advantages are you can groom yourself more efficiently; you can get a good height and shape.”

But with the success of debut single ‘Lady Percy’ and the release of his album ‘Love Blood’, confidence is brimming from the moustachioed monarch. His influences are wide ranging, from Adam Ant to Neil Young, and the genres sampled in his debut album are vast in their diversity.

“My musical influences? Well, it started with Bob Dylan, that’s what made me want to be an artist of any description. But then there was country music as well, people like Dolly Parton, because ‘9 to 5’, well, it’s the bomb isn’t it?

“People like The Rolling Stones as well influenced me, so I would say I gathered different influences and tried to make a sort of sound that I could express as big as possible.”

His music is, as I said, as eclectic as anyone could want. And with bands like Animal Collective, Django Django and alt-J taking plaudits left, right and centre, it seems there is no better time to mash genres together. However, with King Charles’ career still in its infancy, it’s understandable that the festival circuit is rather, well, idealistic in his view.

“This is the first time I have even been to Reading Festival, let alone played at it. It’s felt really good so far, I was trying to describe it earlier, but couldn’t! It’s got such a pleasant atmosphere of dreams and there are like so many 15-year old boys that come here that dream of being rock stars and want the life around that.

“Then you come back here and there are so many people living that dream and I just think it’s wicked.”
So with the King living the rock star dream, the question on fans’ lips is, what is up next for the monarch?

“At the end of the year I’m going to tour a lot and then I expect a long part of that I will be promoting my album ‘Love Blood’ as much as possible. Then I really wanna go do Australia and America next year and then I want to come back and do lots of festivals here and in Europe.”

Many thanks to the King himself for taking the time to do this interview and Paul and Chris for sorting this out for us.

 
 
 

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