AllUsOnDrugs Download Festival

AllUsOnDrugs – Download Festival: Interview and Live Review

British newcomers AllUsOnDrugs made their debut appearance at this years Download Festival.  The band have been making quite a splash on the UK rock scene after touring with Enter Shikari earlier this year.  I caught up with the band before their set and then caught the show.  So how did they get on?

I caught up with AllUsOnDrugs before their set on jake’s stage at this years Download.  The guys were incredibly excited to be playing at the festival and were really hyped for their set.  Writer and guitarist ‘Daymo’ acknowledges that they leaned a huge amount from touring with Enter Shikari, stage craft and the amount of work that goes into producing a major tour were high on their list of lessons leaned.

The guys cite a wide range of influences on their sound, Oasis, Blur amongst them but Daymo claims My Bloody Valentine as his biggest influence though they were keen to point out that they very much create their own sound and that each member of the band brings something to the party.  The band are often pinned with a psyche grunge label and they do acknowledge that there are elements of grunge in their sound.  They are reluctant to be typecast as they are a young band, still developing their sound and learning their craft.

When writing and recording Daymo is normally the one to bring an idea to the table but everyone in the band has a say in bringing the song together to from their unique sound.

Onstage it is clear that AllUsOnDrugs are tight and that they enjoy working together and they love being on stage.  The energy is palpable and they work the crowd into a heaving sweating mass in no time flat.  The sense of excitement comes in waves from the stage and sweeps the crowd along with a maelstrom of driving guitars.  The band lose themselves in the moment, frontman Jason twitches and jerks around like a modern day Ian Curtis whilst “Daymo” gets lost under all that hair.

AllUsOnDrugs are clearly feeling the love and they give it back in spades.  Like Enter Shikari before them Download could just be the platform that pushes them on to bigger things.

The band have recently been in the studio with producer Tim Atack and have some songs laid down for a new release at the end of the summer.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for an album but their relentless touring schedule is likely to get in the way of that especially as it has now leaked that they will play the Vans Warped Tour at Alexander Palace in October alongside the likes of Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria.

If excitement, energy, enthusiasm and hard work count for anything in the music industry the hype might just be correct in claiming that AllUsOnDrugs are British rock musics “next big thing.”

AllUsOnDrugs are on the internet here.  They are on Facebook and they tweet as @allusondrugs

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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