12 YOU ME AT SIX PACK AN ARENA INTO A TENT

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reading Leads -

If you want to see five lads try to cram as much as they can Into a tent, you won’t be need­ing to hang In the camp­site YOU RE­CENTLY TURNED 27, SOME­THING OF A ROCK­STAR LAND­MARK…

JOSH FRANCESCHI (VO­CALS):“I’VE made it – some­how I’ve blagged my way through it! It’s weird be­cause we’ve al­ways been seen as the young dudes be­cause our band started hav­ing our mo­ment in the sun when we were 19 or 20. If we were pro­fes­sional foot­ballers we’d be in the peak of our fit­ness, so it’s cool. I know I’m get­ting older be­cause the hang­overs are get­ting harder to deal with.”

HAS BE­ING A YEAR OLDER GIVEN YOU CAUSE TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT YOU HAVE OR HAVEN’T YET ACHIEVED?

“Of course it de­pends on how you mea­sure suc­cess, but I’m def­i­nitely aware of what we’ve done, as well as the am­bi­tion I have for us to do more. My hope is that we con­tinue to write great songs that peo­ple en­joy lis­ten­ing to, and that we keep evolv­ing. I’ve done a lot by 27, but there are still things I’d like to achieve with my friends in this band we’re in, so we’ll see where it takes us.”

YOU’RE HEAD­LIN­ING THE BBC RA­DIO 1 STAGE AT READ­ING & LEEDS, AND HAVE TEASED SOME BIG PLANS…

“We’re bring­ing our head­line show to a tent, which we’ve never been able to do be­fore.we’ve never re­ally been able to bring pro­duc­tion to Read­ing & Leeds, so it’s go­ing to be a show that peo­ple haven’t seen be­fore.we’re also in talks with a bunch of friends about some spe­cial ap­pear­ances, so we’re work­ing it all out. It’s a big hon­our to play that slot, so we’re go­ing to give it some beans.”

YOU TWEETED THAT YOU WERE RE­CENTLY “WRIT­ING SONGS TO SOOTHE THE SOUL”. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THESE SONGS?

“We’ve changed the DNA of our band when it comes to song­writ­ing. It’s an ex­cit­ing pe­riod cre­atively for us be­cause we’re throw­ing the rule­book out. I’d love for us to have new mu­sic out this year if we can, but if not I’d like the al­bum to be out for late spring or early sum­mer next year.we’re work­ing to­wards not hav­ing our fans wait too long.” BBC RA­DIO 1 STAGE; R: FRI­DAY, 10:25pm; L: SATUR­DAY, 9:55pm

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