Much like we endeavour every year before Bloodstock, this year, for Scotland’s Wildfire Festival which kicks off on 22nd June, we’re interviewing every band set to play the stages of Wiston. You get to hear (or read) right from the horse’s mouth who you should be watching over the course of the weekend.
Previous years have seen some excellent acts grace the stages as our reviews can attest to and trust us when we say this year is no different! So get reading and listening so you can plan your coffee/beer/food breaks accordingly…
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Those Damn Crows
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We’re from a small town called Bridgend, South Wales.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
The band has been together for 3 and a half years now but Dave came and joined the line up around 2 years ago.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Ronnie’s dad was out in his allotment one day and would shout at the crows, for nibbling at his veg…he’d shout “Those Damn Crows”. Ronnie brought it to the table as a song idea, but we all thought it was a wicked name for a loud rock band. Could almost imagine the older generation shouting “Those Damn Crows” with a raised fist for being too loud!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music has many influences, we love the classic rock bands, like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin etc. but growing up in the 90s we grew up with bands like Nirvana, Green Day and Alice in Chains. Then came Foo Fighters, etc. Throw in some storytellers like Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash and it’s a mixture of it all.
What’s your live show like? Why should people watch you?
It’s loud! It’s energetic, it’s fun…that’s the way it should be, right? There’s plenty of chances for the crowd to get involved, we have breakdowns in our songs to get the crowd going, singing and cheering. There’s no better feeling than when the crowd sing your songs back to you!
Have you played Wildfire before? If so, when?
Yes! We played last year and we loved every second of it!! Cannot wait to get back to Scotland and play to our Celtic brothers and sisters!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
It will be a 45min set including songs from our debut album Murder and the Motive but there will be a few new songs thrown in, as we have not played them in Scotland as yet!
Which band are you most looking forward to seeing?
There’s so many, it’s such a great line up this year, but we’ve done a few shows with our label brothers Massive Wagons (they know how to put on a show) Aaron Buchanan, Mason Hill – it’s a great lineup!
What have you got planned for the second half of 2018?
It’s a really exciting time for us Crows; we have lots of shows and festivals on the card: Planet Rockstock, Steelhouse Fest, Ramblin’ Man, just to name a few. We’ve literally just signed a record deal with Earache Records so it’s a new chapter for us as a band and we can’t wait to share it with the fans!
What’s been the highlight for the band’s career so far?
Obviously, signing a record contract with Earache has to be top of that list, but so far…playing at Planet Rock’s Winter’s End was a big deal just because of the reaction and response we had from the crowd during and after the show – it was immense! Being asked to play Hard Rock Hell in Ibiza was also a highlight for the same reasons but it’s the first time us Crows have left the UK to play a show!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Right now? It would have to be supporting Foo Fighters, not just cause we’re huge fans of their music but they just seem to kill it (performance wise) every show they do. And to hang out and party with them after the show would be carnage! ‘Cause one thing our band can do after the show is party!
What day/time are you playing at Wildfire? (If you have your slot yet!)
We’re playing on the Friday and we cannot wait to hit the Wildfire stage!
Pistonhead Lager, Cloven Hoof rum or Thistly Cross cider? And yes, we’ll be counting the votes!
Cloven Hoof…but to be fair, any alcohol will do!