listening to your music it’s obvious you have many different
influences but are there any particular idols that any of
Joey: I don’t know really, we mix. There’s very few idols
across the five of us.
And that’s the way it goes really, it’s to do with the
instruments I think.
think we all appreciate the individual musicians of bands
but there’s Pink Floyd. We all like them as well.
Radiohead. But yeah, we’ve all go individual tastes.
You’ve obviously played the O2 Arena in London with Bon
Jovi but is there any particular venues you’d like to play
in the future?
Jonnie: This room?
There’s a lovely room just over there, yeah?
The big room in Sheffield Academy, it’s more to do with the
David : El
Yeah, Paradiso in Amsterdam is probably, yeah is my
favourite venue I think. We all love it, actually, I think
it’s mutual, it’s like an old church.
massively growing our fanbase now but we obviously need
bigger venues to do that.
long as we keep the kids.
Yeah it doesn’t matter where we are really it’s all about
Sometimes it’s better to play smaller venues as well as the
big ones at the same time really isn’t it?
Jonnie: Yeah, absolutely.
heard you’ve got plans for a new album, you must be moving
pretty fast! Is there any particular direction you want to
head in with the new album, are you sticking with the same
sound or experimenting a bit more?
Joey: We’re just letting it grow organically I suppose, it’s
a natural progression all the time and we found we’re always
trying new things out you know? We’re constantly trying to
move forward better than we’ve done. I suppose that’s pretty
much all we can do you know, not look back and just keep
It’s all about evolving.
know this album isn’t going to be a carbon copy of Parade,
it’s going to be a totally different album and different
the same time you can see it’s going to be natural.
We’ve already started working on quite a lot of ideas. We’re
really chuffed with the idea that we’ve got and it’s looking
good! I mean it’s so far so good and we’ve tried it for the
played a new one tonight!
Yeah, we played a new song tonight, Emergency. That’s like a
first new song we wrote, we finished it in Amsterdam. It
sort of started some sort of direction. It’s really tough.
As soon as
you get one or two songs started you can see where you kind
of want to go with something. Yeah, so that song’s kind of
been the key to all of our new ideas.
there any bands you’ve particularly enjoyed playing with
while you’ve been on tour recently?
Jonnie: I think we’ve enjoyed playing with everyone! We make
friends with everyone, we make friends with the bands, we
make friends with the crew. For me personally, going back to
idols as well, when we toured with The Levellers, Mark
Chadwick, he was my idols, that’s when we got into music. So
I mean, for me playing with levellers is perfect. It was
What’s it like touring in that van of yours because you
see most bands touring in massive tour buses. Do you get
into fights with each other or do you seem to get along
Jonnie: We don’t get into fights. There’s no space to fight
really! Yeah, you passed The Alarm’s massive tour bus and
there’s our van. Our’s is the size of there bedroom.
gotta get our gear into our van as well, they don’t! You get
used to it.
You get used to each other’s bad habits.
do your own thing as well.
I’ve grown to love it, I do love it!
don’t get into fights now.
develop a certain order to things, a way you do things like
when we set the beds out a couple get to stay out the van
while a couple do it and somebody gets into bed, then you
set up another bed then somebody else can get into bed
before everyone else can get in.
It’s like boy scouts really!
someone’s really pissing you off you just put your
Are you doing anything for the festival season this year?
Jonnie: We’re doing Bearded Theory tomorrow, we’re on just
before Athlete on the main stage. We’re doing some of this
Forestry Commission festival as well but we’re waiting to
find out what band we’re playing with but we’ve been booked.
they’re waiting on a headliner so…I mean to be honest we’re
gonna be working on the album and this tours pretty much
brought us up to the festival period. I think we’re gonna
work on album number two and catch the festivals next year
so we’re probably gonna be back on the road in September but
I mean we’re doing a few festivals just to keep busy. Trying
new material out aswell.
Do you have any tips for upcoming bands?
Joey: Work hard man!
Get a good manager. It’s not gonna happen over night.
know find your vision, stick to it and get a good manager.
Yeah, you don’t know who’s gonna be happy here and who’s
gonna be good.
Any last words for fans?
Joey: Thank you very much! Thanks for being good fans!
Thank you for your support!