16 AMITY TAKE A BOW

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HOW’S AMITY AF­FLIC­TION’S NEW MU­SIC COM­ING ALONG?

JOEL BIRCH (VO­CALS):“IT’S def­i­nitely – and I would say fi­nally – tak­ing a pretty big step away from what we’ve been do­ing for our first al­bums. I know that a lot of peo­ple said that [fifth al­bum] This Could Be Heart­break was very for­mu­laic and typ­i­cal of us, and while we’re care­ful not to take things too per­son­ally, there was some truth to it.we still feel it was a much more re­fined ver­sion of what we were do­ing, and I’m per­son­ally still re­ally happy with that al­bum.this new change is some­thing we’re all re­ally stoked on, which has never re­ally hap­pened be­fore, us be­ing on the same page.”

YOU DID A COVER OF THE WEEKND’S CAN’T FEEL MY FACE FOR THE PUNK GOES POP COM­PI­LA­TION. WHAT HAVE RE­AC­TIONS BEEN LIKE?

“I haven’t read them. It’s a cover, and I don’t give a fuck about cov­ers, so I don’t give a shit about peo­ple not lik­ing it!”

TELL US ABOUT THE MAK­ING OF THE ZOM­BIE-THEMED VIDEO…

“It was filmed at an aban­doned men­tal asy­lum in­vic­to­ria [Aus­tralia].we were try­ing to fig­ure out what to do with the video, be­cause we didn’t want to do a typ­i­cal pop thing, or make it a su­per­funny piss take one, and we couldn’t make it about the ac­tual con­tent of the song – be­cause it’s about co­caine. I re­ally like this movie called Warm Bod­ies [2013 zom­bie rom-com], so thought it would be cool to make it a zom­bie love story where you get to the end and they can’t even do any­thing, they’re just stood there star­ing at each other.”

WILL THE SONG BE MAK­ING AN AP­PEAR­ANCE AT READ­ING & LEEDS?

“Never! That’s some­thing that the band agree on, and if they did want to do it then I wouldn’t be per­form­ing – let’s put it that way (laughs)!”

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF PLAY­ING?

“It’s bucket list stuff: pretty daunt­ing but amaz­ing. It’s so iconic.any band who’s any­one has played that fes­ti­val, so to even be asked is crazy and amaz­ing.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT VIS­IT­ING THE UK?

“I don’t feel as home­sick when I’m there. Ob­vi­ously be­ing a colony of Great Bri­tain there’s go­ing to be some cul­tural over­lap. I feel there’s a gen­eral at­ti­tude that’s shared be­tween the UK and Aus­tralia in terms of not be­ing afraid to take the piss out of our­selves.the weather is so shit there, though, but you can’t change that!”

ANY­THING ELSE YOU’RE NOT KEEN ON?

“The food is ex­pen­sive. Ev­ery­thing is ex­pen­sive! I’m hop­ing that Brexit smashes the value of the pound… Well it has, but I hope it con­tin­ues to do so. Sorry!” THE PIT / THE LOCK up; R: FRI­DAY, 9:15pm; L: SATUR­DAY, 9pm

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