2000TREES YOU ME AT SIX, EVERY TIME I DIE AND MORE ARE COMING FOR YOU!
The first 2000TREES line-up announcement is finally here – and it’s a real tree- t. Say hello to YOU ME AT SIX, EVERY TIME I DIE, FRANK IERO, WHILE SHE SLEEPS and loads more amazing bands!
“FESTIVALS LIKE 2000TREES ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE SCENE…” KEITH BUCKLEY
Sure as the seasons change, 2000trees seems to get bigger and better each year – and 2019 will be no exception. Weybridge wonders You Me At Six will headline the main stage on Friday, while Buffalo’s finest Every Time I Die are set to play their second album, Hot Damn!, in full, along with a bunch of mosh-worthy tunes.
The festival runs from July 11-13 on Upcote Farm in the idyllic Cotswold Hills, and ’trees favourites While She Sleeps, Milk Teeth and Puppy will be making their welcome return, along with first-timers Frank Iero And The Future Violents, Therapy?, Møl, Gouge Away, Groundculture and more. Oh, and if that’s not enough, Jamie Lenman will be hosting the second iteration of his personally-curated Lenmania within the festival as well. Phew.
With that in mind, we grabbed You Me At Six’s Josh Franceschi and Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley to talk about the importance of independent festivals, revisiting formative albums and how they plan to survive the great outdoors. Or not…
Both You Me At Six and Every Time I Die will be making their first appearances at 2000trees this year. Have you heard much about the festival from other bands? Josh Franceschi, You Me At Six ( vocals):
“Yeah, I’ve heard that it’s a festival with a nice vibe in a very pretty location. We kind of wanted to do festivals we hadn’t done before this year, and 2000trees is one our friends have done and really enjoyed themselves. It’s an opportunity to do something a bit different, so I’m looking forward to going down there, doing what we do and giving people a good time.”
Keith Buckley, Every Time I Die ( vocals):
“I haven’t, actually, but I’ve been looking at some previous line-ups and they seem to have some really good bands come and play. The last place we belong is on a strictly metal festival. We’ve done our fair share of those and we don’t go over well. We don’t carry ourselves like a metal band, and we don’t play traditionally heavy metal music. I mean, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes played here. At The Drive In played, and that’s cool. There’s a good mix of bands this festival has had, for sure, so I think we’re going to be right at home.”
You Me At Six have been announced as the first headliners. Do you approach that with a different mindset than to one of your own shows, Josh?
Josh: “We try to take the same mentality that we have with our headline shows. We think, ‘Right, even though they’re in the room and they obviously want to be here, it’s now time to give them their money’s worth.’ So it’s a similar ethos and mindset at festivals. Even if you suspect you’ll have a decent crowd or historically at a festival you’ve had good crowds, there’s always that opportunity as soon as you go out to win new people over. This is kind of uncharted territory for us. We know we fit in as a Reading & Leeds band and we know we fit in at Slam Dunk or Download or T In The Park, so to go to another festival will be interesting to see how they take to us. I don’t think 2000trees would have asked us to headline if they didn’t think we were a good fit, so I’m hoping that’s the case and everyone enjoys it!”
It’s early days, but do you have any thoughts on what kind of set list or show you’ll be delivering? Josh:
“I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what kind of show we’re going to put on at this point. When you’re headlining a festival you obviously want to put on a good performance, and for us production-wise it will depend on what else we have going on during that weekend. If there’s an opportunity to bring in some cool stuff then we will. We’re hoping to have some new music out by the summer as well. We’re obviously still going to be plugging away at [latest album] VI, but we’re also hoping to introduce some new material into the set as well, so we’ll see.”
As for Every Time I Die, you’ll be playing Hot Damn! from
start to finish. How did that come about? Keith: “We kind of offered it as a suggestion to make it novel and different from any other show for the people who have seen
us because we’ve been playing a lot recently. But [the festival] seemed to like it and ran with it. We’ve played these songs randomly throughout the last few years, brushing up on them, and they’re fun to play. But what is it, almost 20 years old? Sixteen? I’m really hoping there are going to be people there who have been into us for that long, because if you haven’t been into us consistently since then and you go back and listen to Hot Damn! you’re going to realise it’s a terrible record ( laughs)!”
Erm, what made you pick that record to play in its entirety then?
Keith: “Oh, I mean that tongue-in-cheek, but when I have to go back to study it I’m like, ‘Why did I do that here? Why are there so many fucking lyrics in these songs?’ I think the difference is I was really young and excited to be in a band. It was so new so I was like, ‘I’m going to maximise my experience and write fucking thousands of words per song!’ I’m 40 now and these are tough songs to pull off. But I just kind of feel that’s where we really started. I know we put out [2001 debut album] Last Night In Town previous to that, but Hot Damn! has always been the one that put us on people’s radars and it was the one that was out the first time we came to the UK, so that’s a nice little throwback. I think other than [2016 LP] Low Teens we play songs off Hot Damn! the most consistently at every show, so it will be a good time to break it out of the vault.”
Josh, did you find revisiting and touring
debut album Take Off Your Colours a
valuable experience last year?
Josh: “For sure. We just kind of went with our gut to celebrate 10 years of Take Off Your Colours, even though we had just put out a new record. But it was an interesting challenge going on tour and one night playing one set and the other night playing a different show. It was also cool because I felt like we had people who were coming to see the band for the first time in a few years, and so it was an opportunity after playing the album in full to play some of our new shit and show them what’s going on right now. And in general the response and the feedback of the shows was pretty insane. So it was a special tour, and one we will look back on fondly I’m sure.”
Is it encouraging as both bands and fans to see independent festivals like 2000trees grow year-on-year?
Josh: “Of course. There are a lot of festivals that are currently in a bit of a stick-or-twist place where it’s like, ‘Do they ride the wave of what’s going on culturally?’ Without naming names, I saw a lot of line-ups last year that I still like, but I think, ‘Well, what is the DNA of your festival now?’ So I think the reason festivals like Slam Dunk, for instance, have succeeded is because it’s always done exactly what it says on the tin. It’s always offered ska, pop-punk, punk and over the years it has incorporated sections of hardcore and metal. They’ve embraced it without shoving it down people’s throats. I think that’s why Slam Dunk has been successful, and no doubt why 2000trees has been successful.” Keith: “I think it’s the future. At least in touring music, those are the things that are going to get bands going. When a band is trying to get on its legs, nowadays you need to start playing clubs, but unless you already have a built-in audience it’s still hard to fill a club. So these festivals that are able to do something like this and get such a diverse line-up and secure a venue outdoors, it feels like something big. When you’re going to one of these as a fan of music and your whole surroundings feel so much larger than life it makes you want to enjoy the music. It makes you really open to hearing new bands. You’re going to need these festivals, whether it’s to feed a fan base or to make one. So I think it’s extremely important for the scene.”
2000trees also boasts a load of extra activities, from late-night karaoke to early-morning yoga. Reckon you’ll be indulging in either? Josh:
“Probably not the yoga! I’m just not that flexible, but I’ve always got a bit of time for karaoke, for sure. I did karaoke a few weeks ago and I did Drake, but maybe I’ll do something like All Saints’ Pure Shores – an absolute ’90s classic that will get bums off seats.” Keith: “Nowadays I honestly would be more likely to do the yoga! With the late-night stuff – especially karaoke – my voice is just like an eggshell right now that I have to cradle and be very careful with, because if I don’t get enough sleep or I talk too much it affects the show. I’m not as invincible as I once was! But that’s always something about the UK festivals with everybody camping all the time. You guys are partying non-stop, so there’s as much to see if you’re watching a band or not.”
The festival is held in some beautiful surroundings, but if you got stranded in
the middle of the woods do you reckon
you would survive?
Josh: “I think it would be a stretch, but I’d give it a go. I don’t think I’d last very long. But then again it’s one of those things where life has a weird way where just when you think you’re in the bin, you find a new level to tap into. On paper I would be absolutely fucked, but I think there are some other levels in me that I could rely on.” Keith: “Oh, God no! I would just curl up into a ball and cry until I passed away. I don’t think I could kill an animal, first of all. Secondly, I have to have a comfortable bathroom. I would just fuckin’ fill up with my own toxins and explode! And I can’t start a fire. So I’m totally useless in the woods.” K!
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