I haven’t been that excited for the Reading and Leeds lineup this year. Other than maybe Fallout Boy, there hasn’t been a ‘shut up and take my money’ band announcement.
… Until now. The announcement this weekend of:
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Sleeping with Sirens
Fearless Vampire Killers
Dillinger Escape Plan
Has absolutely, 100% made me U-turn on my decision not to go.
I mean, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are seriously hot on the scene right now, despite the marmitey love-hate relationship I’ve had with Frank Carter over the years. Sleeping with Sirens crept up on me; I heard ‘King For a Day’ a few years ago and didn’t love it, but bought With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear’ on a whim and it’s now made it’s way onto several of my playlists, so I’m excited to finally see them live.
I won’t comment on how I feel about Asking Alexandria. Maybe in another, rantier post.
Fearless Vampire Killers are a band I saw play, and lose, a battle of the bands competition in my local youth centre about a hundred years ago. They were good sports about losing the battle despite being the best band, and I gained a lot of respect for them after interviewing them here on the site. I love bands who love music, and see it as a calling or a passion rather than a way to make money and get super famous. Fearless Vampire Killers are that band. They got to where they are through hard graft and sheer willpower, as well as through one of the most dedicated fan-bases I’ve ever encountered. Seriously, if you’re friends with one of them on Facebook, you’ll know what I’m talking about. *cough* Facebook Invites *cough*.
Creeper. Creeper, man. They work so, so hard at what they do. Their music is a little something different, not new but a reboot of the horror-punky vintage goodness from before I was born. Creeper is a band that make you feel really cool when you listen to them, and that’s something I am always interested in.
The last band I’m really, really, interested in is Dead!. I’m a little late to the party on this one, having seen them opening up for Counterfeit in December 2015 at the O2 Academy Islington. I got to the show late, deciding to ‘skip the support bands’ and work a bit later. Luckily traffic was non-existent and I couldn’t be bothered to do anything fancy with my hair, because I got there just as Dead were taking to the stage.
I’ve been looking for a band to have a bit of a love affair with in a desperate attempt to recreate the experiences I had when I first fell in love with music. That was another band in another lifetime, and I might make a post about it one day if I’m feeling nostalgic enough. (I definitely will because I love talking about the good ol’ days like an actual elderly person) Dead! tick all the boxes for me. They sound good, look good, and have that DIY attitude that is so sorely lacking in a lot of younger bands. They don’t expect anything to be handed to them and they aren’t doing it for the payouts and the freebies. They’re doing it because they love the music, and they make you love it to. I’d probably go so far as to say they’re the act that made my decision to go to R&L2016.