Next we caught up with Andy (drums) from Watford post-rock outfit, Lost In the Riots.
*StrangeForms Festival takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday (19th & 20th April) at Wharf Chambers and features sixteen post-rock, post-metal and math rock acts.*
Bad Owl Presents: Lost In The Riots headlined our second ever Bad Owl gig back in October 2012 (at The Fenton in Leeds). What can you remember of your visit?
Andy: Our first Bad Owl experience coincided with our first experience of Leeds as a band. We got on with yourselves like a house-on-fire from the word go - and met lots of lovely people during and after what was a really awesome show. The sound was excellent and the support from Envoys was hugely impressive!
After spending a lot of time with you guys it became very clear that you like to do things properly, which benefits everyone; from the punters through to the bands, which you don't get very often on the circuit. For us you set the standard to putting on great shows. We never thought a veggie breakfast could taste SO GOOD.
BOP: Your debut album 'Stranger In The Alps',which you produced and released yourselves, came out almost exactly one year ago - looking back, is there anything you would have done differently and how do you all feel about the songs now?
Andy: 'Stranger' was a lot of work, particularly for Adam (guitarist) who was getting to grips with professional engineering whilst producing our album, so the experience was a huge learning curve for all of us. We are really happy with what we've achieved with the album, but have got our eyes firmly set on the future. Adam has a lot more expertise this time around, and with our excellent setup at A-Tonal Recording Studio (high five Kyri Demetriou for the 16 hour sessions that he lets us do!) - we've managed to establish a superior recording environment, which we think is key when trying to get a well-rounded performance across on record. 'Stranger' perfectly captured how we'd evolved as a foursome (giggidy) over our first couple of years together. We've been locked away in the studio since December and are eager to get this new album to as many people as possible - we think it will both satisfy and surprise anyone who's been following us.
BOP: It's been well documented by yourselves that the 'scene' in your hometown of Watford is much more focussed on hardcore bands but, from here in the North, it always seems that the South has far more going on when it comes to post-rock, post-metal and math bands - do you feel that you're part of something or have you always felt more of an outsider in music terms?
Andy: Watford is situated in a bit of an odd location being so close to, but not directly in London. In the last ten years the town has seen success through lots of hardcore and punk bands, but there's been a drought of live music there. We've actually only had two shows on our 'home turf' - both courtesy of our friends at WeJamEcono - but it's been great to finally play locally, and we've had excellent feedback. Sure we stick out in terms of genre, but we see that as a good thing. We're lucky in that London has been very kind to us regarding shows. Huge shout outs to Chaos Theory, Step Sideways, and 1000Hertz who really know how to put on good nights and are lovely people. Overall, we try to play out of London as much as we play in it, therefore we feel as much of a part of the national scene as much as any other scene.
BOP: Lost In The Riots will be playing on the Saturday at StrangeForms - are you planning on sticking around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
Andy: We will be present and gurning proudly at the large amount of riffs on display during both days.
Names of Strangeforms bands that are currently being shouted at me by the rest of the band include: Latitudes, Alpha Male Tea Party, Polymath, Cleft, and of course our northern chums Envoys.
BOP: Lost In The Riots are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
Andy - Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie era)
Jim (guitar) - Cloudkicker
Adam (guitar) - Far too many excellent bands to choose from, but currently listening to vast quantities of BATS and haven't had the pleasure of seeing them live... yet.
Robbie (bass) - You Slut!
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are Lost In The Riots plans for the rest of 2014?
Andy: We're really looking forward to getting back out on the road to promote album two. The booking machine that is Adam has been busy scheduling UK and European tours for April and June respectively, which will see us play in places that we've not been anywhere near before. We're pretty excited about what the summer has in store for us!
Lost In The Riots are due to play StrangeForms at 8pm on Saturday 19th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash, Wharf Chambers & BadOwl.BigCartel.com
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com