Congratulations to Last Edition on beating the competition in Leicester. O2 Academy caught up with them ahead of the Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour to talk about getting the right vibe, Reel Big Fish's influence and celebratory knee-slides.
First things first; where’d the name come from?
"There isn’t really an interesting story here, unfortunately. However, when we had just started out, we used to have a two-hour practice session, then walk across the road and have a 'band' drink at, what was then, 'Time Bar' - the name was probably decided there."'
Talk us through your songwriting process – do you have any strange rituals like picking song themes out of a hat or from fortune cookies?
"There isn’t really a process, as such. We find writing is never a linear process - some of our songs took longer to write than others, so it sounds cliché, but it really is just about seeing if an idea has the right 'vibes'. If we aren’t into it, how are we going to convince an audience to get into it? For example, we have rough demo versions of a 'Fistful of Ska and Status' saved from months ago and the structure hasn’t really changed, whereas, the main riff of 'Million Times' was written when just noodling around on a guitar between songs at practice. 'Last Orders took' about six to nine months to write, we knew there was something about the chord progression - but it took stepping back to really nail it."
We know it’s a tough decision, but who’s your favourite band on the bill?
"We could probably name a handful of reasons on why each band is our favourite, but we’re just going to have to give it to Reel Big Fish. No Reel Big Fish, no Last Edition."
If you were to win Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018, how would you celebrate it?
"I (Matty) love a good knee-slide. So I'd say a band/communal knee-slide on Vicky Park, shortly followed by copious amounts of Fireball."
If you could knock back a Fireball shot with any three people (dead or alive), who would it be?
"This is gonna be soooooo cliché, but I don’t care. I’d have to say my 3 amigos in Last Edition. Sharpie, Topley and Billy."
The Fireball Fuelling The Fire tour hits O2 Academy Leicester on Friday 13 October, tickets here.