In honour of the annual Slam Dunk Festival next weekend, we sat down with a bunch of bands playing at the festival to get to know them a little more, and find out just why our dear readers should go and see them at the festival.
Check out our chat with Selfish Things here:
You’re playing at Slam Dunk Festival this year – are you excited?
Beyond excited! It’s a dream come true (as cliche as that is). I grew up listening to Taking Back Sunday religiously and named our band after a Jimmy Eat World song, so I reckon there’s no better year for us to make our SD debut, haha!
How does a festival show differ from a normal gig for you, and which do you prefer? What are your favourite festivals to go to or play at?
Festivals always feel like a bit of a reunion. A lot of the friends you end up making in the industry are on tour when you pass through their respective hometowns, so you end up seeing a lot of familiar faces you don’t usually get to catch up with, which is always nice. I don’t think I have much of a preference between a normal gig/festival beyond that – so long as there’s at least one person there to watch, I’m happy. Favourite festivals would be Riotfest, Taste of Chaos festival (2016 especially – insane lineup), Warped Tour (RIP), and Osheaga.
Have you been to the festival before? What other acts are you looking forward to seeing, and who can you recommend our readers check out?
I’ve never been to SD before! I’m really looking forward to seeing Taking Back Sunday, Crown The Empire, Jimmy Eat World, Moose Blood, The Dangerous Summer and Good Charlotte. Readers should make sure to check out Counterparts, Sleep On It, Can’t Swim, Grayscale, and Cavetown.
The Festival is now on three sites, with one in Leeds, Hatfield, and Birmingham. Which site do you think will be the best to perform on, and which are you looking forward to visiting the most?
I’m going to be neutral (typical Canadian peacekeeper) and say that I’m stoked to perform at all three. I’ve never been up to Leeds before so I’m excited to check it out.
Are you touring alongside the festival? If so, where and when are you playing?
We aren’t touring alongside the festival this year! I fly back home on the 30th and then we have two weeks off before we play Montebello Rockfest in Quebec with Weezer, Five Finger Death Punch, All Time Low, etc! We’re also about to announce a summer tour along with another festival date that will keep us busy for a good portion of July/August.
Are you releasing any new music soon? If so, what can you tell us about it?
We’re releasing a 4 song EP that’s kind of a ‘reimagined’ version of our most recent release, Vertical Love. It has a Drake cover on it, as well as three originals with strings/ambient guitars/piano/vocals. Beyond that, we’re in the process of refining our album material and are hoping to get a new single out from that cycle near the end of the year!
Why do you think people should come and see you perform live, and what can people expect from your show at Slam Dunk?
I think this will be a really interesting experiment, to be honest. I’ve become so used to playing with the band that this will genuinely be the first time I actually try to flip the songs back to their original form. We definitely won’t be doing anything like this again in the near future, so it’ll be a special opportunity for anyone who listens to us to see me take heavier, guitar driven records and move them into an entirely different sphere.
Any last words for the fans?
Thanks for listening! Get your pets spayed or neutered. Brush your teeth. Tell your mother you love her.
By Jane Howkins