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Leeds festivals. That year, the band played two nationwide tours; which reached a combined audience of 65,000 people.

Loud! spoke to lead singer Josh Franceschi.

Tell us about the new album? It’s Produced by Garth Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and recorded at the famous Sound Factory studio in Los Angeles. We’ve explored different sounds and ideas. It keeps our sound but there’s a lot of transition on changes. We don’t write songs for radio we write for ourselves, we don’t write to please the masses. We are really excited about the new record.

Why do you think you stand out from other current rock acts? We don’t take success too seriously, we believe in what we do and we want longevity in music, not to just follow trends.

What was life like for you growing up? We all grew up together in Weybridge. There isn’t a great deal to do round there, but I played football, went to house parties and hung out with friends.

we believe in what we do and we want longevity in music, not to just follow trends

How did you get the band started? We’ve always worked hard and have never had things handed to us on a plate. My family is really important in that. Unlike some bands who just seem to have rich parents my dad would do things like help us sell merch and then use the profits to help promote the band. We had to go to play in gigs on buses and trains and sleep on friends’ floors, but I think that sets us apart from other bands. It should never be just about the money. Now we have some level of success we get offered thousands for bands to support us, but we always choose good bands we like. Everything shouldn’t be just about money.

Who are your main influences?

I listen to a whole range of things nowadays. Things like Incubus, Morrissey, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl are all strong influences. But I’m not just into pop punk; my taste is much more diverse now.

Do you have any plans to break into America? It’s definitely something we want to do. It’s such a big place to break for a rock band. You need a huge budget to tour there. Having said that I think there’s a real space for us in the US as there is a trend there for very heavy music and I think a credible pop rock band would work.

If you had a super power what would it be? I like that question. I would have the power to absorb the power from everybody else.

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