Interview: Slam Dunk 2017 preview – Counterfeit.

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – Preview Interview – Counterfeit

Off the back off an energetic UK club run, Counterfeit are returning to the stage at this years Slam Dunk Festival this weekend to make their festival debut! We caught up with frontman Jamie Bower for a quick chat before the big weekend!

How does it feel to be joining the Slam Dunk Festival lineup this year?
It feels amazing, most of us have been to Slam Dunk before so it’s going to be weird being on the other side of the fence. I think the first time it properly hits you is when you see your name on the lineup next to all these amazing bands. It’s insane.

Having just completed a UK and EU tour, which city gave you the wildest show?
Every show was amazing, the fans have been so incredibly supportive of us, but if we had to pick one it would have to be Hanover, Germany. The venue vibes, the fans, the location. German’s know how to party.

Known already for your energetic performance, why else would you suggest someone check out your set over the weekend?
I think that seeing a band live should be an experience and it should different from listening to them on record. We’re here to create memories so come down and get involved, or hear about it all from your mates after the show and regret it forever…

What plans do you have for the rest of this album cycle having just released ‘Together We Are Stronger’?
Well, we’ve got a bunch of festivals this Summer, the most we’ve ever played before which is great. We’ve started to plan some things towards the end of the year so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Can you peel an ear?

What goals did you set yourselves with your recent release?
There has only ever been one goal; World domination. Tick, tock.

Could you explain a bit about the concept of ‘Together We Are Stronger’ and what it’s about?
Each song on the album came from a place of relative despair and pain, i favour the cruller side of life, i see music as a form of release. An exorcism if you will. I wanted to address our flaws and faults in the hope that maybe somewhere out there may be someone who feels the same as me and visa versa. So taking into account those things the overall feeling that i think the record gives is hope. Hope that maybe tomorrow will be better. Hope that perhaps in this weird fucking time and being the person i am, was or will become someone out there may share in these flaws and perhaps we’re not as alone as we seem to be.

What bands or artists would you like to be joining on a tour in the future?
This feels like writing a letter to Santa. We’d love to tour with the likes of: Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Foo Fighters, Marmozets, Decade

How would you describe a counterfeit show? For those who haven’t had the experience yet.
The fire emoji. ????

Did you set your sights on playing Slam Dunk Festival or did it just come together?
We’ve always wanted to play as many festivals as possible and Slam Dunk was high up on our wish list so it was really nice to be able make it a reality. It’s our first UK festival this year, so we’re really looking forward to it.

Finally, which bands on the lineup over the SD weekend are you most keen to see?
Oooh, there’s so many. Beartooth, Decade, Crossfaith, Stray From The Path, Enter Shikari, Against Me. It’s like Slam Dunk have just picked all our favourite bands and just so happened to have asked us to play too!

Counterfeit. will be playing the Impericon Stage at this years Slam Dunk Festival on the following dates:
Birmingham – May 27th / Leeds – May 28th / Hatfield – May 29th
TICKET INFORMATION – Advance tickets £44 or £49 with after party are on sale now.
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