13 FRANK CARTER UNLEASHED!
the rattlesnake Is coiled – and ready to strike… HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RETURNING TO READING & LEEDS?
“I’m incredibly excited about it. It’s the festival that I grew up going to, so it’s incredibly nostalgic for me. Of all the festivals we ever play, Reading is the one I have the biggest affinity with.”
YOU’VE PLAYED SOME LEGENDARY SETS THERE, BUT WHAT PERFORMANCES THAT YOU’VE SEEN STICK OUT?
“I remember seeing Slipknot there in 2000 on the Main Stage, and it definitely held a lot of weight in my mind. I saw At The Drive In play in a tiny tent that was completely rammed and it was carnage. I remember seeing Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan take a shit on the Main Stage on a Sunday morning when I was hanging out my arse.that was one of the most visceral, violent things I’d ever seen.”
YOU DESCRIBED YOURSELF AS A “FUCKING RAINBOW” AT ROCK WERCHTER, BUT WHAT DO YOU SEE YOUR ROLE AS BEING WHEN YOU STEP ONSTAGE?
“I just feel that we need to be the best band of the day. It’s a hard thing because quite often no-one knows who we are, and our music is aggressive, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.when I walk out on that stage my job is to have the best time that I can have, and be as real as I can be, so hopefully that will translate to people.”
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NOT ‘FEEL’ IT BEFORE A SHOW? HOW DO YOU GET IN THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND?
“I do get that feeling sometimes, but it usually disappears about an hour before we go onstage. I’m incredibly lucky to be in the position I’m in: I’ve got the best job that anyone could ask for, and I’ve worked really, really hard to get that job and maintain it.the most resounding voice in my head reminds me how lucky I am. Ultimately, the greatest feeling I have is being onstage.” BBC RADIO 1 STAGE; R: SATURDAY, 4:55pm; L: SUNDAY, 4:50pm