Interview – Beartooth – Reading & Leeds 2015 Preview

Beartooth took the UK by storm in February on the Kerrang Tour and have well and truely won themselves a large following with their passionate, energetic, exciting Metalcore. With tracks such as ‘I Have a Problem,’ ‘Beaten In Lips,’ and the outstanding hit ‘In Between’, Beartooth are ready to return to the UK to tear apart The Pit / Lock Up Stage at this years Reading & Leeds Festival! We caught up with Beartooth’s Axeman Taylor Lumley (Centre right above!) to talk all things Reading & Leeds Festival!
Hi Taylor! How has 2015 been so far for Beartooth?
It’s been pretty rad, we’ve recently gotten home from spending all summer on Warped tour and now we’re just relaxing before we come over to play Reading and Leeds.

We caught you guys earlier in the year on the Kerrang Tour across the UK, how was that?
It was pretty awesome. It was a cool, diverse lineup and we got to hangout with our friends in Bury Tomorrow and make some new friends in Don Broco, We Are The In-Crowd and Young Guns!

You guys are known for an energetic show, how do the UK crowds compare to those back home?
They’re awesome! Definitely great in the US, as well. Just different. Crowds in the UK definitely are more into singing loudly and getting crazy. Crowds in the US definitely mosh way harder and love stage dives. We love playing both a ton.

Reading and Leeds Festival is around the corner, what does it mean to you to be a part of such an iconic UK festival?
It’s pretty unreal to us. We’re stoked to play, but we’re even more stoked that we get to watch Metallica haha.

You’re playing The Pit / Lock Up Stage, do you guys prefer playing smaller more intimate stages at festivals?
Absolutely, it makes it feel like a more natural show for us while still having that festival atmosphere and size.

 What can we expect from your set? Any surprises?
Maybe we’ll throw a curveball or two in there…

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at a festival?
I watched Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots climb a like 50-foot scaffold. The entire time I thought he was going to fall or jump off and I was terrified because those guys are friends of ours.

Who are you looking forward to seeing over the R&L weekend?
Metallica 100%

If you could pick three headliners for the ultimate Reading & Leeds Festival line up [excluding yourselves!] who would they be and why?
Metallica is definitely one of them. I would also say Rage Against the Machine and a reformed NWA would be awesome.

Finally, what are your plans for the end of 2015?
We come home, do a tour with Atreyu and then another with Slipknot and that’s all for us for awhile!

You can catch Beartooth before they head back to the US to tour with Atreyu and Slipknot on The Pit / Lock Up stage at Leeds Festival on Friday 28th August, and at Reading Festival on Sunday the 30th August!
Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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