Blacklist Royals are an enthusiastic and authentic band formed by brothers Nat and Rob, after a difficult past the guys are dedicated and have learnt to channel their troubles into their music. We caught up with a Frontman whom seems truly grateful to be at Leeds, and this is what he had to say..
Your first Leeds festival experience how are you finding it? And how did was the set?
The show was amazing, it’s kind of overwhelming how huge this festival is. But it’s been great so far! To be honest we got here, we played, I ate lunch and I’ve spent the rest of the day walking around trying to find press. So I’m looking forward to watching some bands and stuff, but it’s massive- it’s amazing.
You seemed to draw a pretty decent crowd, especially seeing as the tent wasn’t that full at the start. Does having a smaller starting crowd make it hard going?
Yeah, I mean that happens sometimes especially when you play early. A lot of time people are just coming in, so you’ve just gotta push though it but it’s kind of tough to start off that way. But I thought it ended well.
You’ve been on a fairly extensive European tour, how’s that going?
It’s been amazing man, you know I love touring Europe and I know I said it when we played but I meant it, there was a time when I didn’t even know if we’d be able to come back over here. So the fact that we did, I’m at fucking Leeds and we’ve been able to play these amazing festivals with bands we grew up listening to- it’s been incredible. And people over here in general seem more excited about music, like the fans are a little bit better than in the states.
Any bands you’re planning to see whilst you’re here?
I want to go see The Flatliners probably, and I want to see Blink-182 and I’m going to try and see Schoolboy Q. There’s so many people playing, I took like fifteen pictures of the schedule just so I could remember all the different stages and stuff.
Your sound is very unique, seems to be combine old school rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock, how would you describe it?
Yeah, I mean we started out more as a straight forward punk rock band, and over the years we’ve been trying to hone into our own sound. But we try and shoot for that time just before punk broke, like the time when it was still in the garages, like late 60s rock ‘n’ roll. But yeah, it’s more straight forward aggressive rock ‘n’ roll, but we have some fast songs some slow songs.
You’ve released your new album this year, where does your future lie? Is it a case of touring this album for a few more months and then back into the studio?
Ahh man, I think we’ll probably be touring the album for like the next year and a half. I’m planning on being out quite a bit.
What would you like to be remembered for?
My music I’d say.
Dream dinner guest (dead or alive)?
Oh fuck! I don’t know Paul Newman.
Favourite swear word?
Best excused you’ve used to break up with someone?
We were dating??!
Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
(Laughs) I don’t think I could answer that.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t actually remember!
Last time you were starstruck?
I guess earlier today, I watched Blink-182 sound check and I was like “holy fuck, Blink-182 sound checking?!” it was pretty cool.
What band would you like to hear cover one of your songs, and which song?
Erm, lets say Bruce Springsteen and Die Young with Me.