June 26, 2017 |

Download 2017 interview: God Damn!

Download 2017 interview: God Damn!

June 26, 2017 |



British alt-punk trio God Damn return to Download 2017 on the back of their 2016 release of album Everything Ever. We caught up with the band at the festival to talk clashes, touring with some incredible artists and the inspiration behind It Bites.

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

All: Yeah!

Ash (drums): It’s great! We did Download about 2 years ago in 2015 and it was amazing! We had such a good time so it’s great to be back!

Thom (vocals/guitar): I never had us down as a Download band but we went off last time! We clash with everybody today! So we’ll see how we go today!

Everybody seems to be clashing today!

Thom: Maybe that’s the idea! Clashload!

Are there any bands you’re looking forward to seeing?

Thom: System Of A Down, Krokodil, Red Fire if we get to come another day.

James (guitar): Mastodon, Biffy Clyro, Prophets Of Rage, Baroness are awesome as well!

Thom: We’re on the same time as Baroness so fuck them (laughs).

You’ve recently played across the UK and Europe with the likes of Thrice, Jamie Lenman and Frank Carter etc, how have they been for you?

Thom: They’ve been great, it’s nice to know that your heroes and the music that you’re into digs your music. Onstage I said that when we were kids we used to listen to his band (Jamie Lenman) and wanted to make music like him and when he was on stage he said he listened to God Damn and wanted to make music like us and it just all goes full circle and it’s really fucking cool when we’re still this relatively small band compared with a lot of bands. It’s nice to know that we are impacting on a diverse musical society.

Ash: It’s been great because they are people who make great music.

Thom: We wouldn’t go on tour with anybody that we didn’t like!

James: Nope! That’s why we ended up touring with so many bands that were so different. We played with The Cribs one day, Thrice the next and then Jamie Lenman. They’re all so different but this band is eclectic enough to play with so many different bands. It’s great because you grow up and you don’t just listen to one thing, you listen to lots of different stuff.

Thom: I think that’s the world we live in now isn’t it really? We’re a product of that!

You’re heading out to play Download Madrid later this month…

Thom: I’m just imagining our leather waistcoats in the sun…Bring me joy, give me fun, leather waistcoats in the sun!

I like what you did there!

James: That’s the next single!

Ash: It’s good to be playing it because it’s the first ever one in Spain so to be playing it is incredible!

Thom: It’s a big multinational corporation now!

James: When we played with Thrice, there was a few people at the Nottingham show that we were talking to afterwards and they’d cover over from Spain to see Thrice and they were like “oh we’ll see you guys play Download Madrid!” They do definitely have a culture in mainland Europe, they go to a lot more effort to see bands so it’s going to be really cool to see what playing in front of that crowd is like because everyone’s going to go fucking ape shit over it!