Nathan Robinson

I’m a photographer from Leeds (queue Yorkshire chant). I like Salad Cream on Bacon sandwiches and Sunday dinners and now you all hate me. I can be found in my local dive bar most days catching a local band or just sinking a few pints of cider.

Kazoopa Festival 2017 – Review

The Doors to the Lending Room open at 11:30 sharp to allow people to begin picking up their wristbands for the second Kazoopa Festival. After a great turn out for the first year Kazoopa was back with an even better line up and enough bands to keep everyone busy all day.


We kicked off the day with our top pick of the festival The Elephant Trees, opening The Lending Room seemed a little bit of a small slot for a band doing so well especially in their hometown. That didn’t stop them packing out the venue at 12:30. In retrospect such an opening act definitely set the tone for an amazing day had by all. With their unique sound and extremely high energy performance they proved why they’re destined for great things. Describing themselves as Acoustic led alt rock, they proved you don’t need a heavy sound to have huge riffs and captivating hooks on every single song.


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One of the first bands of the day, coming from Leeds, who were sadly playing their last show that afternoon, was a unique sounding heavy indie duo named KRAM. Their highly energetic set made for a great start to the day. Even though it was early afternoon the venue had a decent crowd, everyone was getting into the vibe of their music, making causal onstage conversation with the band, general positive vibes. This being made better by a solid performance from both members, they work well as the duo they are. Producing loud hard hitting indie rock with strong aggressive vocal work, the songs they played were well structure, catchy and easy to get into. Got a good reaction from audience.



The Brazen, A proggy indie five piece hailing from Yorkshire/ Birmingham areas, solid first impressions of them right from the start, they produced a brilliant instrumental piece and this was just sound check at the time, showcasing a tight performance from all members before their set even properly started. There wasn’t too much of a crowd at milo’s at the time, but that easily was made up for with the amount of energy from the band members, always interact with each other, or giving audience members reasons interact. While I was watching them, I feel like their music adds quite a fresh sound to the genre of indie rock their music thanks to the use of some rather tasteful guitar work. Clear influence from stone roses, queen, stereophonics, etc. Generally just producing some rather enjoyable music to be honest. Probably one of the best audience reaction to a band from the day because of how the venue the was situated, there is a street level window, so even a few passersby were able to join in.



Following on from The Elephant Trees at The Lending Room we have another local band making waves Atlanta House. These guys have a very unique sound which clearly comes from their varied influences, this in turn gives them great blend of different genres throughout their set. As they mentioned multiple times throughout their set they have dropped a debut EP called Home which is available on all streaming platforms.


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My first thoughts while I has watching Furr, was I bet the Foo Fighters sounded a lot like this when they were first starting out, these guys very much have that vibe about them. Straight away, lots of visible energy coming out of their live performance, like that infectious kind of energy, really gets everyone in the mood for them. Constantly talking to the audience, bridging the gap, keeping us engaged throughout their set. Their style of music provides a template which everyone can relate to, to thoroughly enjoy. From what i got from it felt it has Foo Fighters/Queens Of The Stone Age mixed with variations of pop punk. All the general enjoyment that was coming from the band has made better by their absolute solid performance, as a band and as individuals, the songs they played were well structured and catchy.



We’ve heard a lot of buzz about newcomer Tom Lumley so he was a must on our list of acts during the day and he definitely lived up to the hype. After recently winning “Best male solo artist” at the NMG Awards Tom had some big shoes to fill in our minds. Kicking off his set to an unfortunately sparse looking room didn’t stop Tom giving 110%. To the delight of the band and everyone in the venue after 1/2 songs the room filled up to and we were hardly able to move. The silky smooth harmonies and soulful voice definitely dragged people in from the street to see what all the excitement was about.


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Mint were easily by far one of my favourite acts of the evening, the four members produced a lively upbeat performance, full of positive vibes. They reminded me a lot of the band that did the intro music to casino royale. I found quite a uniqueness in the way the guitar pieces composed for their songs, mainly the use of effects pedals, made for a rather intriguing overall tone. The vocal work was wonderful, it was a shared job throughout the band, you were able to pick up on all sorts of different tones. The band’s overall musicianship was fantastic, immensely tight set, huge amounts of energy from all band members made for an incredibly comfortable positive atmosphere for everyone. Heavily engaging with the audience right from the offset of, my favourite part was when they throw an inflatable alligator out into the crowd, the lead singer also did a bit of crowd surfing that was a fun time. It has a packed out venue, they had an extremely strong audience reaction, everyone seemed to love them.



After hearing about the hiccups at the Milo bar venue we were worried we wouldn’t get to see Benson but Kazoopa pulled it back and sorted the venue out meaning we could get our fix of these energetic, crazy bastards. Even though Milos isn’t the venue it once was, that didn’t stop Benson getting everyone on their feet and even dragging in a few people from the street to come join in the madness.


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Blank Atlas was next on our agenda, we just couldn’t go through the day without hearing these guys amazing blend of smooth harmonies shared evenly throughout the band and their heavy riffs perforating our ear drums. Right from the get go, their heart pounding drums had everyone head banging. Breaking two strings on two different guitars didn’t slow these guys down one bit. They powered through and kept their raw sound throughout. Their basslines and fuzzy guitars made the hairs on our neck stand on end. We’ll be keeping an eye on these guys, if this performance is anything to go by, they will be huge.


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The Franklys, coming from London are a all female indie punk four piece, the music that they played felt like it had noticeable unique sound, from my perspective sounded quite fresh in the genre. Even from the offset of their performance it was rather noticeable, it felt like their music had a lot more of focus on the instrumental aspects of their songs. From what I heard there was some rather intricate drum segments, made for some rather interesting grooves, and welcoming change to listen to, however though i did find the vocal work to be lacking in points but has easily made up for in with their performance as a group. The music they were producing was catchy and easy to get along with, just generally enjoyable to the ears, it resonated well the with the audience that has there at the time, especially coming off the back of Mint, everyone was still rather hyped. There wasn’t too much crowd interaction from the band but that was easily made up for it with their performance and energy.



Nova Hands came as a quite nice unexpected surprise for me, I saw three guitars, and thought this could be interesting if they all play well together, but what wasn’t to my surprise is that they absolutely did play well together. Wonderfully solid performance from all members, the music they were producing from their set was musically intricate full of catchy hooks and riffs, it was music that felt rather unique in genre that can feel rather stale at times. Because I felt their music was rather technical, I’d like a to compare their music to bands like Dance Gavin Dance or least the lighter side of them, it felt just generally very enjoyable and easy to get set into the groove of their style of music. The music itself, the crowd reaction and the band’s audience interaction were all met with equal amounts of energy. The high amounts of energy made for a rather positive atmosphere, giving audience members a reason to want to interact, mixed with a highly charismatic front man provided solid grounds for an overall positive show.



We decided to take things down a notch and give our ears a rest so we headed to Bad Apples which was the acoustic stage for the festival. This was about to be headlined by Martha Phillips whom is the lead singer of The Elephant Trees. After a few technical difficulties with the venue PA Martha powered through and showed her excellent vocal range and insane talent with a loop pedal. It was a pleasant surprise to hear The Elephant Trees tracks done acoustically but still hold the huge hooks they’re known for. Martha even threw in a few covers which all went down a charm.


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Kovax provided quite an unexpected show that evening, as well as rather welcome upbeat change of pace. My first thoughts were that they might have been another regular indie band, because that it would fit the rest of the festival, but I was rather mistaken, they probably caught a few people off guard i would imagine to be honest, Kovax came in with big heavy riffs and absolute solid vocal work, made for a lots of energy been produced throughout their set, was infectious energy amongst everybody that has watching, made it very easy to get to keep up with the fast pace of their music. I feel this helped them gain a good relationship with audience, there was laughs and jokes exchanged between the two. I found their style of music somewhat unique as I felt in a lot of the songs that they played contained little bits of mathcore elements which you wouldn’t really find in either hard rock or indie. The music that Kovax played for us was just generally loud, engaging and enjoyable. The audience that was there made for a packed out room and everyone seemed to be taking quite well to the vastly different change of pace in music.



Carnation are a three piece indie rock group from Manchester, they were the second to last band I saw that night. Bands like the Arctic Monkeys were easily recognisable influences in their overall sound, which I can imagine helps an audience quite a lot in been able to connect with their music that bit more. They weren’t a massively energetic band, but I felt that has made up for with the overall quality of their music and crowd interaction. Just generally good musicianship from all three members. They produced some interesting music, from the aspect from the instrumental pieces mainly, I found the tones coming from the two guitars to be rather unique and different to what you would normally hear in this genre. They had some solid, well written songs throughout their set, just simple and enjoyable stuff to be honest, digestible for everyone.



Late Night Legacy, a funk rock four piece, hailing out of Leeds, one of our last bands of the night, and quite easily one of the best bands of the night even. Just right off the bat just so much energy and groove, easy to see why these guys are progressing in the industry the way they are. All band members just charismatic as each other, constantly interacting with audience whenever performing wasn’t necessary, a tambourine was handed out to audience members in couple of songs to get things started. They were there just out to generally creating a super positive atmosphere for the venue, making everyone feel like they should be involved. This atmosphere was backed up by an extremely solid performance all the way through their set, even with just picking up each band member’s individual piece of music they sounded fantastic, I couldn’t say anything bad their musical abilities even if I wanted to. There was what felt like a lot of influence from the early funky side of Red Hot Chilli Peppers floating around in their sound. Again though that’s a sound a lot of people can relate, so that’s going to always work in their favour.



Headlining the whole festival, we had the pleasure of seeing the enigmatic The Wholls. We’ve seen these guys a couple of times before and knew they we’re going to one of the highlights of the festival for us. We knew they would pull a crowd but we never expected to see The Lending Room so full. The band entered the stage and greeted the organiser of Kazoopa Mick with a Happy Birthday message then kicked straight into what turned out to be one of the best performances we’ve seen all day. Their raw charisma shone through and had half the crowd off their feet singing almost every word back to them. It’s unusual to see such a varied blend of genres in one band which is clear with these guys with a slight hip hop edge to their indie/Alt rock sound.


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Kazoopa Festival Preview

Kazoopa Festival is returning for a second year on the 25th November. This metropolitan festival held in all your favourite venues around Leeds City Centre and held by your favourite Leeds promoters Double Denim Live. Kazoopa is hitting hard with their incredible line up of indie/rock/alt bands to quench your thirst during the winter months where most bands go into hiding to write new tracks.


Check out the full line up below

Musicology’s Top Pick

We’ve chosen our top band from the whole line up that we think you should check out on the day (or just in general). Along with 4 more that you definitely need to add to your playlist.


The Elephant Trees

The Elephant Trees are a Leeds based band (recently relocated to Manchester) who are taking the scene by storm at the moment. With three tracks currently released all of which are absolute bangers these guys will be huge in no time.

Check out their video for their latest single Open Up below

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The Wholls

Check out their video for their track X21 below

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Check out their video for their track Milk below

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Late Night Legacy

Check out their video for the track I’m an Eagle below

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Check out their video for the track Elise below

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We had a chat with one of the organisers Mick Dolman (Double Denim Live) about the festival and what it means to the scene. Check it out below.

For anyone who isn’t aware of what Double Denim Live/Kazoopa is, what do you do?

Double Denim Live are National promoters putting on the best new bands at venues across the country in cities such as London, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds, which is where we are based, plus many more. Kazoopa is a project of Double Denim Live and its a multi venue inner city festival bringing the best new bands to Leeds for a full day of some serious rock n roll.


What was the main reason behind starting Kazoopa Festival?

We see a lot of festivals of a similar style all over the country but none really focusing on new bands. Most if not all these kind of festivals always have a few big names on playing the big stages so we thought we would create Kazoopa Fest where all the focus is on new music.


Are there any plans to increase the size/location of Kazoopa? Maybe adding a second city to the mix.

This is the second year for kazoopa and we have increased from 5 venues to 8 which is a big step forward. As for taking Kazoopa to other cities, we have spoke about it and maybe its something we could look at in a few years, i think we need to build its reputation first and then see where it takes us, but yeah, its definitely a possibility.


How did you decide what bands you wanted to play this year’s Kazoopa Festival?

It was a tough one this year, we had over 1000 applications which is madness. We wanted bands who work hard in promoting themselves by constantly playing shows and making a name for themselves. There would be no point booking a band that plays once or twice a month because there would be no buzz about them. Look at the likes of Sheafs or Avalanche Party, every week there’s something up on social media about a gig they just played or tour dates etc, as a promoter thats what you want to see when putting on something like Kazoopa.


Where would you like to see Kazoopa go in the future?

It would be fucking insane if we got to a point where we would need to book a venue like O2 Academy or Stylus for the main stage. When we do get there we will still give you a press pass dont worry.


Any last words for the readers?

Yeah, keep supporting the scene, keep supporting live music because when its gone you will all be moaning, especially the ones that stay at home and watch x factor instead of coming out to a venue and enjoying the atmosphere and smell of sweat at a proper gig. Support small venues. If you do go to gigs dont just go to the venues where its cool to be seen, go visit small venues because trust me, some of the best gigs i have been to have been in 100-125 cap venues….and last but not least, please buy a ticket for Kazoopa Fest 2017. We are totally independent with no financial backers so we rely solely on ticket sales to keep kazoopa going.



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King No-One – The Church – 14/10/17

Live: Fireball Fuelling the fire tour, 02 Academy Leeds 15/10/17

A huge show filled with amazing punk and ska bands awaits the 02 Academy in Leeds on this cool October Sunday evening.


First up we have local competition winners Eat Defeat, although their set was quite early and not too long after doors the room was reasonably full with more people still coming in due to the extensive searches upon entry. Their unique blend of ska and pop punk sounds resonated with the audience quite well.  Being a relatively small unknown band didn’t stop them from interacting with the crowd throughout their set. They even managed to get a singalong of their lyric “I think we’ll be ok” during their final song.


Following on from Eat Defeat we have Sheffield based band Sweet Little Machine whom were recently voted Fireballs Hottest band for 2017. Their 90s pop punkesque sound had a large portion of the crowd singing along and egged the crowd on to do a “Yorkshire” chant. The whole performance was very crowd orientated with frontman Alex discussing with the crowd how everyone hates someone and asked an audience member for the person they hate. Which turned out to be his ex-wife Melanie, this was then used as a lyric in the next song to the amusement of everyone in attendance. Ending their performance with Alex jumping off stage and running around the venue with his guitar getting everyone pumped was an amazing way to end an incredible performance.


Ska legends Mad Caddies were next up to take the stage. With very minimal effort these guys had the whole crowd in the palm of their hand. With sing-along’s all the way through the set from the new songs to tracks that were 20 years old such as Monkeys. The First pit of the night even broke out to Monkeys.


Next up we had punk legends Anti-Flag bringing their angry anti-establishment, anti-hatred sound to Leeds. Their huge energy performance filled with jumping guitarists and bassists got the crowd extremely pumped. The band even managing to get a circle pit opening up to almost the whole width of the room. To add to this outstanding performance they even brought out the brass section for Reel Big Fish for a quick guest spot during a song. Bassist Chris also decided to jump into the crowd for one song to the excitement of the devoted fans at the front row.


Now time for the headline act, Reel Big fish enter the stage to the roar of the eager fans of this almost sold out event. The crowd were clearly pumped (the free fireball whiskey shots may have helped) and the band matched them all the way through. The whole set was ridiculously fun for not only the band but for the audience too, with fireball beach balls flying around the venue throughout the whole set. On top of their outstanding back catalogue the band threw in a mash up of covers including Nirvana, Weetus and Journey among others. Their set ended on their infamous cover of Take On Me.


Live: King No-One – The Church, Leeds 14/10/17

A church is not the first place you think of when you hear three indie bands are playing. But as soon as you walk into this incredible venue you’re greeted with beautiful stain glass windows and a massive stage to go with them.


First up we have the incredible Honey Arcade, these local lads may be the first on the bill but with an already packed room they weren’t about to disappoint. The crowd began screaming as they entered the stage, with a loyal fan base shouting almost every word back to them the night was off to a great start. Harry (lead singer) was charismatic as ever wearing some questionable sunglasses and interacting with the crowd in the front row extremely well.  With a unique gritty indie sound these guys have got something special.


Next up we have The Indigo Project whom were also on their own mini tour to promote their new track By Your Side. With three guitars adding a huge kick to each song these guys went all out. Frontman Joe had a slight stumble while rocking out but that didn’t stop the show, they simply shrugged it off and continued their amazing set. The crowd singing along to 99% of the set proving the traction these guys are getting recently is definitely deserved.


Finally to end the night we have the incredible King No-One, the screams of the adoring fans began as soon as a stage tech began placing bottles of water on the stage and didn’t end until the music began. This is the biggest show to date for the band and they can’t help but show their appreciation throughout the set. Their cool indie sound echoing out throughout this amazing venue. Stopping before each song to explain what they were written about definitely helped the crowd empathise with the band. Frontman Zach stopped occasionally to read hand written notes from the devoted fans stood at the front, and also used a borrowed rainbow flag as a symbol to introduce the song Antichrist, which as he mentioned, was probably the first time a song named Antichrist was played in a church. They ended their set after playing every single song they have but the crowd wanted more, they returned to the stage and explained they don’t like encores when they’re faked but as they have no more songs they will replay a couple more as requested.


Warbringer – Interview

We had a chat with Warbringer a while ago after their tour with Havok.


For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Warbringer? 

Warbringer is completely lethal metal, like a bomb going off in your face. Fast, aggressive riffs and drums with plenty of searing guitar leads and ferocious vocals. Thrash metal, but a rather extreme hybrid strain with many elements from different styles of metal.

You were previously on tour with Havok, how was that experience?

European tour with Havok was great, we also brought along Exmortus and Gorod. We didn’t have a single bad show, so many awesome fans came out and all the bands had a great sense of camaraderie on the whole trip. A really excellent trip to be a part of.

What was the craziest moment on the tour?

The whole thing has been really smooth. The shows themselves often got pretty crazy, many stage dives and some absolutely insane pits. That’s the best part.

You also have recently release a new album, how has the release been received?

Woe to the Vanquished just came out, and it has been a great release cycle so far! Reaction to the new material both on record and live has been immense, and we are excited to be playing the whole thing live in the near future.

Who were your main inspirations for the record? 

The best of all styles of heavy metal. We aim to write a style of thrash metal that is fast, ripping, lethal, but also with more thoughtfulness both in arrangements and in lyrics than usual, as well as a willingness to weave between different metal styles a bit to create a brand that is distinctly our own.

What are your favourite tracks on the new record?

I really love how all the songs on this record came out, but my particular favorites are “Silhouettes” due to the cool rhythmic thing and the eerie concept, and “When the Guns Fell Silent” just because it’s so grim and epic.

How does the new music fair in comparison to your older material?

Better I think. Faster and more vicious, more technical and complex, stronger arrangements I think, less rooted in pure old school thrash (more extreme metal influence) but equally inspired by the spirit. Lyrically I think it is a big step forward as well.

What got you into wanting to be in a band?

Hearing the sound of metal, seeing my first concerts on stage and wanting to conjure riffs and pure power like they did. In my late teens the idea spawned in my head and grew until eventually I just went for it.

What was your first shows like as the group in comparison to now?

Totally different, it was our first band so the early shows were very amateur and not anywhere near the show we give now. The one common ground is that we always gave 100 percent on stage and I have always been the same frontman.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the band and personally?

I have improved in a lot of ways as a person in doing this, and definitely wouldn’t be who I am now without this experience. The ups and downs of our 10 year career have made me a stronger, wiser person, and I am really thankful to have this perspective in life.

What advice would you give to upcoming bands?

It’s really tough right now. Try to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse before any shows, make sure to make a really strong first impression. Have the mechanics and logistics of the show worked out well, minimize dicking around on stage, make each second count. Don’t tour as a buy on, it is rape.

What has been on your iPod/MP3 player recently/on this tour? 

Honestly nothing music wise. I have been in a dry spell with listening to music the last several months… since making the record, I don’t know what it is. On the plus side I have really dove into a lot of books and podcasts for historical knowledge in this time but I haven’t got my swing back with listening to music actively. I kind of just listen to whatever other people put on right now.

Is there any projects you would like to work on as well as Warbringer musically?

Not really, for me Warbringer is my band, and I just think of what Warbringer will do next for the most part. I have thought of doing some NWOBHM covers or something but nothing serious.

What would be a dream tour for your band?

Honestly for some of the heavy hitters of the old generation, like the Big 4 or Iron Maiden, to take us out. This would be the kind of push a band like us needs to reach real established success, that kind of mass exposure.

What items would you associate with your genre? 

Riffs, speed, aggression, violence, energy, and also honesty and integrity. People who make this music are doing so because they love it.

If your entire band was involved in a horror film, who would be killed off first and who would be the killer?

I’d imagine Adam would be the killer, and I think me or Jessie would get waxed first. Too trusting and nice, haha.

Would you take $1,000,000 but every time you walked past someone you found attractive, you threw up in your mouth a little bit? 

Nope. The purpose of money is higher quality of life. So if I were to take the money but permanently reduce my quality of life in a big way, what’s the point?

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Tour, tour, tour. This year is the “Woe to the Vanquished” year, and we intend to make the most of it! European tour July-August, and a USA tour with Dark Tranquillity and Striker to follow in September-October.

Any final words to your fans?

Come out to a show and get your head blown off! Thanks for supporting and we hope to see you guys out there on the road. Cheers!

Live: The Gospel Youth/Milestones co headline – The Key Club Leeds 24/9/17

As the co-headline tour with The Gospel Youth and Milestones comes to a close. The final date is held at The Key Club and pop punk fans are out in force tonight. The room began filling up as soon as doors opened.


The first band to hit the stage is Homewrecked hailing from South Yorkshire these guys are no stranger to playing Leeds. The band’s influences are abundantly clear with singer Joe showing off his tattoos of Neck Deep and Blink 182. Although the crowd seemed quite unresponsive during the beginning of the set this changed quite quickly when the band announced the next song was Never Say Never. A group of fans began shouting every single lyric back to the band for the remainder of the set and the band responded by keeping their high energy performance going throughout. Joe even jumping into the crowd for a couple of songs and lending a hand with singing from some members of the audience.


Next up are local lads Vexxes, they’re definitely not the first band that springs to mind for this line up but that doesn’t stop them giving it 110%. Kicking straight in with their huge riffs and heart pounding drums, you knew this was going to be a great set. Unfortunately, the crowd didn’t seem too interested, except for a few people nodding their heads down the front.

Now for the first of our co-headliners The Gospel Youth, they enter the stage to the roar of the crowd. They greet the crowd and kick off their awesome set to the screams of their lyrics back at them. Their emotional Pop Rock has everyone off their feet and the band don’t hold back with a huge energy performance. Introducing every song with a little back story for the crowd to understand the meaning of each song and to involve them in the performance. The band are not usually accustomed to crowd surfers due to the more emotional side to the music but this doesn’t stop people getting involved.


To finish off this incredible line up we have Milestones, although these guys only have 5 songs released they have managed to gain a loyal following. Some of which are down at the front shouting back at the band. Unfortunately, a good portion of the crowd seemed to leave after The Gospel Youth, it may have been a better choice to have Milestones on third instead but nevertheless the guys put on a great show. With their unique heavier pop punk sound these guys will definitely be going places. Half way through the set they announced that they would like to do something they’ve done in every single city and every country they’ve played and asked the crowd to get on the floor. Everyone obliged and once the song kicked up everyone was in the air jumping along.


The Gospel Youth – Interview

We caught up with The Gospel Youth before their final date at The Key Club on their co-headline tour with Milestones. 


For the people who don’t know you, who are you and what do you do?


Samuel – We’re trying to be a band, We’re emotional pop rock with a hint of soul. Trying to make a living.


How has your co headline tour with Milestones gone so far?


Samuel – 50% of it has been great, the other 50% with Milestones has been terrible but our bits been great.

All – (laughs)


Samuel – It’s been wonderful, they’re great guys and it’s been cool to see people turning up for two small UK bands and the response has been incredible.


What are you expecting from tonight?


Kurtis – I don’t know, every time we’ve played Leeds it’s always been really good. Last time we had our first mosh pit. We sing sad shit and it’s really cool to see.


The last time you were at The Key Club you were supporting Seaway, now you’re here headlining, how does that feel?


Samuel – It’s pretty cool, we’ll see how it goes, we might be headlining to 10 people. It’s cool to see the progression and it’s been really beneficial to us to realise that people are paying an interest and we’re not just doing it in vain I guess.


Where would you like to go from here?

Samuel – Japan….Home first, then Japan. We’ll always keep working and pushing. We’d love to do huge shows but as long as we’re still doing this in 10-15 years’ time, that’s kind of where we want to be, we want the long game.


What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on this tour?


All (splitting story telling between them) – The funniest thing that happened was when we were walking through Leeds before our show today and we were approached by an elderly woman. She was mumbling something under her breath all we could make out was “die”, “over” and “end”. It was really weird and we asked if she was okay, she then began shouting at us. She began stating “Everyone will die, the world is over, in the end there is only blackness”. She then walked away, we stood there stunned, we’re still unsure whether this was a threat or some form of prophecy.


You seem to have been blowing up recently, what is it like getting so much recognition for all your hard work?


Julian – It’s quite hard to see from the inside. This tour we’ve been finding out where we’re at. It’s hard to gauge how much recognition we’re getting.


Samuel – It’s probably quite transparent but we’re all quite self-deprecating when it comes to it. We’ll walk off stage and even in London when there was 150 people singing the words back to us. We’d walk off and be like “We could have done better”


James – It’s hard to realise how it’s doing when you’re in a band yourself. When you first start being in a band you’re just playing shows but you don’t realise that what we were doing, not a lot of people can do that.


Samuel – This is 24/7 for us. If we’re not doing thing all the time, we feel bored and we feel like we’re not doing enough. But to people externally it looks like we’re doing loads. I guess it’s a good way to be as we’ll always be working our hardest.


Always progressing is good.


What are your plans following the release of your latest album?


Julian – We’re trying to stay as busy as we can, without touring too much at the minute. Kind of take things steady.

Samuel – We’re going to do some live studio sessions which are going to be cool, we’re really excited for that. A lot of people on this tour have been like “we didn’t realise you would be as good live as on record” because I guess some bands aren’t as good live as they are on record. So I think to do a little studio session for the people who can’t get out to a show and see us will be really nice.


How did you get started as The Gospel Youth?


Julian – It started with me and Sam, we were working shit jobs a couple of years ago and got bored and started writing music for fun.


Samuel – I was listening to a lot of Dashboard Confessional and was recording with Jules and I was like “ I want to record something like this”. Then a couple of days later I had the demo for Kids sitting in my inbox and was like “This is sick!” and then we recorded it.

Julian – We never really intended for it to be a band, we just did it for fun.

Samuel – When we put Kids online we never thought anyone would care and it was just for our friends and family then we had emails from around the world who were like “What’s happening with this? Who are you guys?” Then the boys in ROAM hooked us up with our first show, which was awful.

Julian – The show was great, we were awful. They were amazing.


Samuel – 9 billion line-up changes later, here we are.


What would be your dream venue to play?


James – Brixton Academy.


Kurtis – There’s loads in London, Shepherds Bush Empire


Samuel – I’d love to play KOKO.


Kev – The Greek Theatre and Red Rocks


Samuel – We’ll play anywhere


Is there anything else you’d like to say?


Kurtis – Thanks for checking us out.


Samuel – Thanks for listening and supporting this crazy little dream of ours. We’ll hopefully see you at a show soon or you can tweet us funny puns about dogs and cats