while Water­parks get an­nounced for slam dunk fes­ti­val

THE LIT­TLE FES­TI­VAL THAT CAN JUST KEEPS ON GET­TING BIG­GER. AND WE’RE PSYCHED TO SAY OUR FAVOURITE DAY-GLO POP-PUNKS, WATER­PARKS, ARE JOIN­ING THE BILL!

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - For up­dates on the Slam Dunk line-up keep an eye on Ker­rang.com

SLAM DUNK Fes­ti­val is about to get a whole lot more colour­ful with the ad­di­tion of Water­parks. that’s not all, though! Join­ing the Hous­ton pop-punks in play­ing the three-day ex­trav­a­ganza in May (across Leeds, Birm­ing­ham and Hat­field) are this week’s cover stars Coun­ter­feit, plus Cross­faith, with Con­fi­dence, Decade, Milk Teeth, Puppy, An­drew Mcma­hon In The Wilder­ness, Black Foxxes, Fort Hope and SHVPES! We caught up with a poorly Awsten Knight back­stage at a show in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia (com­plete with sur­gi­cal mask) to croak­ily tell us why he can­not wait…

YOU’RE PLAY­ING SLAM DUNK, AWSTEN! WHAT’S THE LEVEL OF EX­CITE­MENT YOU’RE FEEL­ING COM­PA­RA­BLE TO?

“We are! It’s gonna rule. Re­mem­ber at the end of The Wed­ding Singer when Adam San­dler started singing I Wanna Grow Old With You to Drew Bar­ry­more on the plane? I am Drew Bar­ry­more right now; cry­ing and watch­ing my shitty exboyfriend get pushed around by Billy Idol.we played Slam Dunk last year when peo­ple were just start­ing to get into us in the UK, and peo­ple still showed up and were cool, so I’m ex­cited to see how sick the crowd will be since we’ve grown so much.”

WHAT DO YOU RE­MEM­BER FROM THE LAST TIME YOU PLAYED?

“I re­mem­ber good and bad stuff. On day one in Leeds, none of our equip­ment worked, ev­ery­thing was short­ing and it was aw­ful on the tech­ni­cal front. When stuff like that hap­pens, you just have to go into full ‘Fuck it!’ punk mode and just have fun and worry about ev­ery­thing else later. On day two in Birm­ing­ham I played Sil­ver with a blind­fold on and haven’t done it since – we can have a re­match, though. Also, I re­mem­ber on day three in Hat­field, peo­ple were su­per into it and dudes were pit­ting to us, and we were taken aback be­cause at that time there were still places in the U.S. where peo­ple didn’t go off that hard.we loved Hat­field best, I think!”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LINE-UP IN GEN­ERAL THIS TIME AROUND?

“The line-up is tight! I’d like to see Beartooth be­cause they’re on un­der my head­phones reg­u­larly when I’m get­ting dis­gust­ingly sweaty at the gym. I wanna see Tonight Alive again be­cause they’re sweet­ies. Bowl­ing For Soup will be cool – I’d bet good money that they’ve got at least one song on ev­ery mix CD I made be­tween fifth and sev­enth grade. I’m cu­ri­ous about Don Broco – a few peo­ple have rec­om­mended them to me but I’m dumb and haven’t lis­tened yet.”

OF ALL THE BANDS PLAY­ING, WHICH WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SING ON­STAGE WITH, WHICH WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE DIN­NER IN CATER­ING WITH AND WHICH WOULD YOU FIGHT IF YOU HAD TO?

“Bowl­ing For Soup [for singing on­stage], please. I wanna sing Al­most with them. For din­ner I’m gonna say Creeper, even though they aren’t on the line-up, they’ll still be there and I love them. I wouldn’t ac­tu­ally want to have a fight with any­one, but if I had to, I’d pick ei­ther Caleb [Shomo, singer] from Beartooth, be­cause he’s a giant so I wouldn’t feel bad for los­ing mis­er­ably, or Otto [Wood, drum­mer] from Water­parks. Be­cause he’s a bitch.”

SLAM DUNK HAT­FIELD TAKES PLACE IN A UNIVER­SITY – WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL, THEN?

“I got pretty good grades! But some teach­ers reeeeeally didn’t like me that much at all be­cause if I thought they sucked, I’d mess with them a bit. There were ac­tu­ally mul­ti­ple teach­ers that told me they’d give me an A in the class if I just never showed up again. I still came back any­way and got A’s be­cause it was funny.”

AND IF YOU HAD TO GO TO UNIVER­SITY AND DO SOME­THING OTHER THAN MU­SIC, WHAT’D YOU CHOOSE?

“If I ac­tu­ally wanted to do a good job, I’d prob­a­bly go to a lec­ture on mar­ket­ing. It might sound bor­ing but mar­ket­ing is ac­tu­ally one of the most cre­ative jobs you can have that guar­an­tees a pay­check. If I wasn’t in mu­sic I’d prob­a­bly be do­ing that with my life.”

OB­VI­OUSLY SLAM DUNK MEANS YOU’LL BE COM­ING BACK TO THE UK. WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU’RE ITCH­ING TO DO WHEN YOU GET HERE?

“Buy some choco­late orange candy – that stuff rules! also, I want to eat real food. Our tour man­ager Ol­lie is a but­t­hole and keeps try­ing to make me eat fish’n’chips and cold sand­wiches and

I don’t want it. every­one says there’s bomb-ass In­dian food in the Uk, so that’s what I’m try­ing to find. I think I’ve seen most of the land­marks. where is Stone­henge? I wanna see that.”

MAPS.GOOGLE.CO.UK WILL HELP YOU WITH THAT… NOW, IS THERE ANY­THING ABOUT US BRITS THAT CONFUSES YOU, OR THAT YOU FIND WEIRD?

“I love lis­ten­ing to y’all say ‘alu­minium’, ‘tomato’, ‘vi­ta­min’ and a bunch of other words. also, your roads are ter­ri­fy­ing! they’re back­wards and su­per thin and I feel like I’m gonna die, al­ways.you guys have a lot of orange-flavoured choco­late, which is bomb-as-hell, though – I love that stuff and it’s way more lim­ited in the U.S. so that’s a bonus about com­ing over to the Uk.”

AND QUICKLY, BE­FORE YOU GO, HAVE YOU BEEN WRIT­ING ANY NEW MU­SIC?

“to be hon­est, the writ­ing never stops. I was hav­ing new ideas in the vo­cal booth while record­ing Dou­ble Dare so I don’t think it’ll ever just stop. the first song for Dou­ble Dare was writ­ten the day after the Clus­ter ep was be­ing recorded back in mid-2015. I’ve got a very par­tic­u­lar way I like to start songs, but it in­volves me get­ting to sit at my com­puter, which isn’t a thing on tour. So a lot of the lat­est ideas are just gui­tar and vo­cals or piano and vo­cals, so that’s weird. re­gard­less, they’ll be the best songs in the world be­cause we’re the best band in the world and we can see the fu­ture. Stay blessed.”

“WE’RE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD!” AWSTEN KNIGHT

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