Interview: Lower Than Atlantis
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Fast-rising British band Lower Than Atlantis have just begun their 2013 UK tour, and we catch the band before their set at Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton. After being stopped in the street for a photo with a fan, and a desperate search for a McDonalds, vocalist Mike Duce talks about their year so far, festivals, and what fans can expect after The Fuck It To The Man Tour. So your new album has been out since October, and it’s a bit of a change in sound from World Record, was that a conscious decision? It never is really, we listen to all types of music, we listen to absolutely everything and it just seems to happen. It keeps it interesting. I think, if you’re a music fan, you can appreciate anything as long as it sounds good and a lot of our fans are quite open minded. We do have certain fans that just like one album, but we play a bit of everything. It wasn’t conscious at all; it’s just what comes out. Have your musical influences changed over the past few years, or do you still find inspiration in the same kind of places? There’s a few core artists that will always be there with us, but we keep up to date with what’s going on in the musical world and check out new artists, and I guess it has changed. You’ve got to look at what is current and what people like, not that we’d ever change what we’re doing but you’ve got to incorporate a little bit of that, to keep yourself relevant. Do any of you have a particular favourite song from the new album? I don’t know, you always put so much into each one of them so it’s tough. So no, they’re all bloody great! Earlier this year you supported All Time Low on their UK tour, how was that? It was cool, it wasn’t something we’re used to because we were playing to a younger crowd and the idea was to go and play to a different demographic and pick up some new people. I don’t know if kids are interested in what we play, like ‘children’ kids, because some of them are like twelve and there with their mums and dads, so I guess they want to hear about girlfriends and other crap, but we don’t play that kind of music. Did you get along well with the guys in ATL, and would you be up for doing something with them again? Yeah we did. We’ve been a touring band for six years, we’ve been everywhere and we meet so many people that, when you tour with another band that’s been doing that for as long as you have then there’s a kind of mutual “Hey man, how’re you doing?”, but you can’t possibly be best friends with everyone the whole time. There’s just not time for it, we get along really well but don’t call each other up all the time. If they asked us [to go on tour] again then we’d probably think about it, it all depends on what you each have on at the time. As well as that, you’ve just started on your new tour too! What is the best thing about being on the road, and the worst thing (besides the lack of McDonalds’)?
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