“I’M GONNA GRAB EVERY PERSON AND SHAKE THEM UNTIL IT FEELS REAL”
WHAT ELSE DO YOU GUYS REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR FIRST BIG ROCK SHOWS?
DERYCK: “The first concert I ever went to see was The Monkees in 1986 on some reunion tour they did. I was six years old when my mum took me to that gig. I remember that ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic opened up and there were a lot of people smoking weed. I remember asking my mum what it was!” TUK: “My first big rock show wasn’t really that big.there was a festival in Atlanta called the Beer Olympics, it was a skinhead hardcore thing headlined by Anti-heros. It was probably the scariest experience of my life. I was 12 years old and watching 500 skinheads beat the shit out of each other in the pit. Nonetheless, I kept going back and ended up in the hardcore scene. I was playing in bands that sounded like Cro-mags and Negative Approach, and then, after that, loads of different styles of music.” ALEX: “My first concert was Gareth Gates, if you can believe that, or even remember him. But if you’re talking rock concerts, my first big one was Linkin Park at London’s O2 Arena.that was a sick first show for me… once I was over the Gareth Gates bit!”
FINALLY, WHAT IS THE ONE THING EACH OF YOUR BANDS WILL BE BRINGING THAT’S TRULY UNIQUE?
DERYCK: “Well, we’re going to be playing longer! I don’t know, I just go out and play! We tend not to plan anything – crazy jams and covers happen spontaneously, more times than not! Sometimes they don’t happen at all, but there’s a strong chance we’ll be doing something…” ALEX: “We talk a lot onstage.we tend to chat a lot of crap and forget about the fact we’re there to play songs! That’s probably the one thing that makes us different to all the other bands ( laughs)!” TUK: “You can expect a lot of my Southern charm! A lot of the bands that get labelled as rock’n’roll these days sound more like Linkin Park.we want oldschool vibes and that’s exactly what we’re going to bring!” FRANK: “What’s unique about us is me. I’m not trying to be an arsehole, but I’ve got a legacy, and a lot of the kids coming to the K! Tour might not know about Gallows, Pure Love or my part in British music. I’m hoping I can open their eyes to that.and we’re going to bring ferocity, an incendiary type of violence you can only feel with bones getting smashed into bits. I’m going to walk into thousands of people, make them all sit down and sing them a song about a person I love dying. Failing that, I’ll just grab each and every person and shake them until it feels real.”