July 6, 2017 |

Download 2017 interview: Drones

Download 2017 interview: Drones

July 6, 2017 |



We caught up with Drones vocalist Lois McDougall and bassist James Kerr following their set at Download festival to talk creating their own line-up, Territories and what they would do on a Punk Goes Pop record.

You’re at Download! Are you excited to be here?

James: We’re really excited yes!

How was your set?

Lois: It was great, a really good turn out! It’s the first time I’ve been to Download so it was really nice! And good weather! Everyone was like “it rains for the whole of Download”.

This is probably the best weather there’s been at Download for god knows how long! Is there anyone you’re looking forward to seeing?

Lois: I’ve wanted to see Sum 41 since I was about 12 years old so that’s been a long time coming! So I saw them yesterday and they killed it. It was awesome!

James: AFI are on later today, I’m really looking forward to it! Biffy Clyro as well, I’m quite excited to see them because they’re not really the sort of band I’d go and see normally but I think they’ll be really good live. I haven’t seen them before so I’m looking forward to it.

That’s awesome. You recently released Territories, which has a bit of a political theme to it. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind it?

Lois: Basically, its more of an idea that to have one person ruling a country is a strange concept to me, I just find the whole idea is absolutely bizarre. You kinda then start looking at their personality and it just gets in the way. So it’s kinda about that as opposed to actual political parties. It’s kinda an idea to rearrange the system because it just doesn’t work.

Yeah it doesn’t really work. If you could create your own Download main stage line-up, who would you pick?

Lois: US! We’ll headline!

James: Definitely Sum 41 again.

Lois: Sum 41. Rise Against, Thrice.

James: Green Day. I’d love to see Rancid at something like this as well!