Interview: American Fangs (Download 2015 Preview)

It’s been quite some time since Texas rockers American Fangs crossed the pond to give the UK a taste of their balls-out rock. Download Festival has came knocking though, and like many other bands from their home country, you just don’t say no to the UK’s premier rock event. The band are preparing to release their new record via Best Before Records, so what better time to show the UK what they have to offer. We chatted to drummer Micah Miller.

American Fangs play the Fourth Stage at Download on Friday

American Fangs play the Fourth Stage at Download on Friday

DD: Hello there! First of all, thanks for talking to us. Who have we got here, what do you do in American Fangs, and what are you up to right now?

Micah Miller: Micah here. I play drums, and I am currently tending to some sore/blistered hands from hitting the rehearsal room the last few weeks preparing for our trip.

DD: This is the first time you have ever played Download Festival! Have you heard many stories about the festival? How excited are you to finally make your first appearance?

MM: It’s still surreal that we will be heading over the pond again to play such a massive festival as Download. We’re fucking excited!! The show is gonna RULE, and we get a nightcap with Slipknot. Holy shit!

DD: Are you planning on soaking up the full weekend experience? What bands are you looking forward to seeing most?

MM: Slipknot for sure. As well as some homies of ours who will be “special guests” the same day we perform. I suppose I’m leaving their name off for political reasons, haha! Also looking forward to seeing: Clutch, Krokodil, Counterparts, and Beartooth.

DD: You guys have been no stranger to playing festivals over the years. What would you say is the best festival over in the States, and what are the key differences (minus the chance of rain!)?

MM: There’s a whole new energy in the UK that we’re anticipating feeling again on this trip and that’s most definitely gonna be what sets this festival apart. That and the sheer badass-ness of the line-up – rock on top of rock!! Favourite US festival we’ve done thus far would have to go to Rock On The Range. They really do that thing right! Non-stop kick ass bands, awesome fans, and an overall dope environment. Download though… CAN’T WAIT!

DD: I believe you are releasing your new album this year via Best Before Records. When can we expect the new album to drop, and will you be playing any songs off of it over the weekend?

MM: Yes sir, ‘Dirty Legs’ will drop digitally worldwide via our good friends at Best Before Records on July 4th. Our set list is probably 35% full of songs from the release. We’re looking to bang out, harrrrd!

DD: You’re also playing your first UK headline show in London just before the festival. How excited are you to be playing with your label mates Acoda, and are there any plans for a larger UK tour?

MM: As in playing Download, making a trip over the pond to do our first headliner in London is so surreal. Dream come true shit!! We’ve all been daydreaming about how it’s gonna go down. Looking forward to turning up with them ACODA boyz too!

DD: Do you feel you need to prepare differently in any way for a festival show compared to the average club show?

MM: 100%. At the club show we are digging into the catalog and putting together a fun collection of tunes from Dirty Legs all the way back to our very first independent release from 2009. We’ll be sweating hard for damn near an hour in London, and then scaling the set list back to our utmost favs for the 25 minute Download set. Hope you get to see both!

DD: There’s going to be a whole load of kids making their first trip to Download this year. If you could give three pieces of advice to the festival virgins, what would it be?

MM: Sunscreen, water, and condoms (for the adult kiddos) – you can’t ever be too careful. Get ready to turn up!!

DD: OK, a light one to wrap things up. Imagine you are camping at Download this year. You can only choose ONE of the following luxuries. A) a tent, B) a sleeping bag, C) a stack of beer. What one do you choose, and why?

MM: SIMPLE choice – C) stack of beer. If you’ve got that you don’t need a tent or a sleeping bag. I’d choose stack of beer every time!

DD: That’s about it from us. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions. Any last words to our awesome readers?

MM: We love us some England, and it’s been far too long since we were there last, so come holler at cha boyz from Texas and let’s have an excellent fucking time!! Let’s get it in and leave some sweat on the floor.