With the first of May’s Bank Holiday weekends a thing of the past, we’re now on the run-in to this year’s Slam Dunk Festival…so it’s naturally time for our first preview! We caught up with Templeton Pek this week…
The Punk Archive: Hey guys, how’s your 2018 been so far?
TP: Really great thanks! We dropped our new album in February and have been touring ever since; so far so good. We are currently on our way to our first festival of the season in Austria.
The Punk Archive: Are you excited to be playing Slam Dunk this year?
TP: Absolutely! This is our first time playing all three and we’re stoked to be on a line-up with a lot of our touring friends. We played the Birmingham leg a few years back as a local opener but it’s great to do all three and be part of the tour.
The Punk Archive: What do you make of the line-up?
TP: The line-up is a nice mix of different types of rock, there’s something for everyone. We are very much on the party stage I think, but we will definitely watching other bands like Comeback Kid and Jimmy Eat World as well as having a few beers with our friends in Zebrahead, Guttermouth and Save Ferris.
The Punk Archive: Have you started planning your setlist yet? Are there any surprises in there for fans?
TP: We’ll start rehearsing for it in a week or so as we have a few club shows and a festival before it so we’re still testing out what new stuff works, but generally so far it’s gone down great. I’m sure it’ll be our strongest set possible whatever though.
The Punk Archive: You released Watching the World Come Undone in February: how’s the response been to that?
TP: To be honest we’ve been a little blown away by the response. On Spotify alone we’re nearing 300,000 plays in just over two months! It’s our most listened-to material already on there. The goal was to make our benchmark record and I think we achieved that. Two of the three singles got “Single Of The Week” on Kerrang! Radio. Even bands and peers have been telling us it’s our best record to date so that’s a good feeling when people say that unprovoked.
The Punk Archive: How would you say your sound has differed over the years and how would you describe it in the new album?
TP: I think genuinely we have just grafted and learnt the craft, it’s a combination of all our experiences. From working with different producers, in different types of studios and bringing in ten years (our touring live experience) too. Davey Warsop who produced this album was integral in pushing us on all fronts of performance and writing too.
The Punk Archive: What else do you have planned for 2018?
TP: Lots of touring and festivals. We’re heading to some new territories and back to some we haven’t been for a while both as support and eventually a headliner at the end of the year.
Slam Dunk Festival takes place across the three days of the bank holiday weekend at the end of May: 26th, 27th and 28th.