2000 Trees is a festival for discovering your new favorite band, if you’ve not seen Black Peaks live yet they will be your new favorite band. I caught up with Dave for a quick chat about the rest of 2018 and his recommendations for 2000 Trees.
Hi Black Peaks, how’s it going?
Great! You’re speaking with Dave, I’ve just stepped through the door after a flight home from Oslo where we supported A Perfect Circle, which has been a total dream. They’re a favorite band of all of ours and a massive inspiration.
We’ve been crazy busy over the past week – released our new single ‘Home’ and announced the new album ‘All that Divides’ so it’s all go!
How has your 2018 been so far?
It’s been a whirlwind, we started the year having just finished recording the album at the tail end of December, so it’s been all about getting that finalised and out in the world. We’ve also had a few warm up shows and some awesome shows supporting the incredible Marmozets.
What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
Lots of live shows and a brand-new album! We’ve got some more shows with A Perfect Circle in Europe in June, a load more festivals, and our own UK / Europe headline run in October. We’re lucky enough to be playing with favourite bands in Bossk, Gold Key, Ilenkus, The Prestige and Tusky.
What can we expect from your set at this year’s 2000 Trees?
We’re honoured to be closing The Cave on Thursday, so it’s a bit of a dream for us. We’ll be playing a healthy mix of the new and old. Plus, we get to finish up and then run over at watch At the Drive In. Score!
Are there any surprises in store?
For sure … and as they are indeed surprises that’s all we’re gonna say for now! Let’s just say 2000 Trees is our spiritual home, and we couldn’t headline The Cave without pulling something special out of the bag …
How hard is it to balance a set list with so many fan favourites to squeeze in?
We tend to focus on our set list having a constant flow of energy. We’re very lucky in that people tend to understand that we’re a bit of an ‘album band’, and our songs thematically link and flow together. A lot of thought goes into our set list so that it has that same flow. A lot of people who like our band also have different favourite tracks, which means there’s always something for everyone.
Do you have any top tips for this year’s line up?
As always 2000 Trees have smashed it out of the park. I personally grew up in Cheltenham, have been going to Trees for 10 years now [showing my age] and the line ups have always been stellar. A small handpicked selection of our favourites are Arcane Roots, Turbowolf, Palm Reader, Brutus, Press to Meco, Sœur, My Vitriol, Jamie Lenman, And So I Watch You from Afar, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Gold Key, Bitch Falcon,
InTechnicolour, Phoxjaw, Basement, Sikth, The Xcerts, Frauds and Haggard Cat.
What does the rest of the festival season have in store for you?
We’re also at Fat Lip Festival [Bristol], ArcTanGent [Bristol], Reading and Leeds, Macmillan [Nottingham] and Underground Festival [Gloucester].
You have a reputation for being an incredible live band; how hard is it to embrace this in recordings?
we treat the two as very separate entities. When we’re recording the goal is to make each track the best it can possibly be, so we don’t tend to limit ourselves to what we can or can’t perform live. After recording we then do some pre-production and work out how to recreate the recorded sounds live.
You’ve just put out a new single, does this mean there is more new music to come?
I think you could safely say that …
Where can we find out more and pick up some records?
Our website [www.blackpeaks.com] has preorder links for the album!
You can still pick up tickets here and save 10% with the promo code ThirstyandMiserable