Blitz Kids interview

BKTGYAhead of their headline UK tour (dates below), we had a chat with Joe James of Blitz Kids about their album, Perfect, and live shows. Check out their current music video below…

So it’s been a fair few months since The Good Youth came out – has the buzz of its success worn off yet?
In a word, No. We’re gearing up for our biggest headline tour ever so I think it’s the perfect send off to celebrate what has been a crazy year.
We have gained so many new fans from this record and it’s incredible to see the growth at our headline shows and at all the festivals we’ve been playing this summer.

The positive reaction to The Good Youth has increased tenfold over your debut. Does this add more pressure to make the next record even better?
It probably does now that you mention it but to be honest, we’re not really feeling the pressure. We’re just itching to get get writing again. We have been writing somewhat on the road but it’s hard to get into the right headspace when life is so chaotic. We’re looking forward to getting back to our little hometown and getting our heads down for a few months.

A few weeks back you dropped the video for Perfect – fans will have already heard the track on the album, so how has this affected the online reaction? You still managed to get it trending in the UK, after all…
Yeah, that was mad. We weren’t sure what the reaction was going to be like when we announced Perfect as a single. It’s been a fan favourite in the live set for over a year now so that it what swayed the decision to release it. I think everyone was just excited to see what we would do with the video and of course releasing it as a single sort of cements the songs place in the live set, which probably please a lot of people too.

Regarding the music video, any funny stories from shooting it?
Well if you’ve watched the video you might notice a shot at the end that is just one long take for about 20/30 seconds. That was tough to shoot because my balance is questionable at best. I fell off the drum kit, I fell off the car, I got caught up in the skipping rope about a hundred times (you can see all these bloopers in the behind the scenes video) and generally just made a bit of a fool of myself falling about all over the place.

You’ve spent a lot of this year on the road, with the likes of All Time Low and Canterbury, as well as having a fair say in the festival season. How important is the live show to you, and how did UK shows compare to those across Europe?
Playing live is the bones of what we do. The only reason we wanted to start a band in the first place is play shows. It’s important to us that we are a good live band. I’ve seen plenty of incredible live bands and plenty of shit ones. The only difference is I’ve only seen the shit ones once.
You have to kill it live to survive in this day and age because there are so many bands ready to take your place if you can’t cut it.
I’ll be honest with you, we used to suck. We really sucked.
But touring with both the bands you’ve mentioned and others over the years, really made us realise that if we were going to compete with the big boys we’d have to up our game.

That’s what this year has been about.
Stepping it up, several gears.

Have you anything special planned for the upcoming UK headline tour?
We’ve spent most of the year playing the new record. We played album release shows in January and on all the support tours we’ve done we’ve only had 30 minutes to prove ourselves so you have to play what you feel is your strongest set.

Now we are getting the chance to headline after what had been our best year as a band, it’s time to give something back to the fans that have stuck with us all this time.

We’re playing songs from our Never Die EP, We’re playing songs from our debut album Vagrants & Vagabonds and we’re going back even further with a couple of songs from our first EP’s. We’re also playing a bucket load of songs from The Good Youth so it’s a great varied set for everyone.

We’re really confident that this is going to be one of those memorable tours for our band.

And finally, after the tour, what’re the band’s plans?
Chill the fuck out. It’s been a crazy year. We’ve got plans to make our way back to mainland Europe to make up for our previously planned tour with Deaf Havana being cancelled. Apart from that, it’s time to sit down, regroup and think about the next record.

Taar very much, and all the best with the tour!

Live dates-

SEP 30 THE HUB – PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 01 TALKING HEADS – SOUTHAMPTON, UK
OCT 02 CLWB IFOR BACH – CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 03 ROCK CITY – NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 04 SOUND CONTROL – MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 05 CATHOUSE – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 06 ARTS CLUB – LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 07 THE KEY CLUB – LEEDS, UK
OCT 09 THE GARAGE – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 10 ASYLUM BAR AND VENUE – BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM

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