Interview: Trash Boat (Download 2015 Preview)

Despite their short existence, it would be safe to say that St. Albans pop punkers Trash Boat are on the verge of something huge. With a number of infectious tunes and a hard work ethic to boot, the quintet have been catching the eye of fans and music industry big wigs alike, which has seen them recently acquired by the very reputable Hopeless Records. We had a long chat with drummer Oakley to discuss Download Festival, and a whirlwind year for the band.

Trash Boat play the Red Bull Tent of Sunday

Trash Boat play the Red Bull Tent of Sunday

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

Oakley Moffatt: Hey, I’m Oakley and I drum in Trash Boat. Actually just been finishing up some demos, now settling down with a nice cup of chai tea.

DD: This is going to be the first time you guys have graced a stage at Download Festival. How excited are you to finally make your début appearance?

OM: It feels strange! I think we were all shocked when we got the call from our manager, it was something we could never turn down. We have only been around for about a year and a half and getting to play Download Festival is a dream come true. I’m pretty excited now but might be a bit nervous on the day.

DD: Have you been to Download before in the past as punters? If so, what has been your most memorable moment at the festival?

OM: I actually haven’t been before so this will be my first time. I know some of the other guys have been. I’m not sure how happy they’ll be if I tell you the things they’ve gotten up to!

DD: What other festival plans do you have over the summer, and how does Download compare to these other festivals?

OM: We’ve got a few little all dayer festivals like Pinky Swear, Fury and Empire coming up but nothing on Download’s scale. Download is definitely going to be the highlight of our summer I think.

DD: Are you planning on soaking up the full weekend experience this year? What bands are you looking forward to seeing, and what bands are you looking forward to hanging out with?

OM: We really want to, I don’t know how well we’d play on the Sunday if we went full out over the Friday and Saturday but we can try! I really want to see Slipknot and Yellowcard, I haven’t actually seen either of them live so that’s something I want to do. Oh, and Dragonforce… because DRAGONFORCE! But the line-up is super huge, so there’s so many bands I’d really like to see over the weekend.

DD: Needless to say, it’s been a huge year for you guys with the recent announcement that you have signed to Hopeless Records. Can I just get an idea of what went through your head when you found out the label were interested in Trash Boat?!

OM: When they hit us up it was strange to say the least. We’re a tiny little band from over the pond and they wanted to add us to a roster with The Wonder Years and New Found Glory!? Bands we had looked up to for so long. It was an offer we just couldn’t turn down, an offer we would never expect not even in the years to come.

DD: Your signing to Hopeless puts you in that roster alongside Enter Shikari, Roam, Milk Teeth and Neck Deep. It’s obvious that American labels are starting to really take a keen interest in UK bands. Why do you think this is?

OM: Yeah, it’s really cool to see those big American labels taking an interest in the UK scene, really giving it the boost it needed, I think. I feel Neck Deep really got the ball rolling and to see the scene growing bigger and bigger is cool and really fun.

DD: Signing with Hopeless obviously opens up the possibility to make your mark in the States. Are there any plans to cross the pond and get in people’s faces over there?

OM: There have been talks here and there but nothing really close to happening. We do really want to, it’s a huge dream of ours! The US always seems to get the best tours as well as Warped so I’m pretty jealous about that. To get to play just one US tour would be incredible.

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?

OM – BRING BOOTS! Don’t bring your new pair of shiny Vans just to be cool. It’s probably going to rain and it’s definitely going to be muddy so just man up and buy some wellies.
- Be prepared to eat beer and drink weed to survive the weekend.
- Make sure you mosh out all of your friends to the point where they don’t want to chill with you anymore. It’s all good though because there’s still two full days of tunes before you have to apologise.

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?

OM: Easy! Always the beer. The more you drink the more you’ll forget the fact you’re probably sleeping in a puddle tonight and have been smelling like arse for the past few days which has ruined your chances of sharing with anyone else.

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?

OM: Thanks for having me! If anyone’s going to Download come check us out and chill after and have an awesome weekend.