Artistic Echoes recently had the pleasure of catching up with Allusondrugs before Leeds Festival this past weekend.
Could you tell us a little bit about Allusondrugs what’s the story behind the band?
Allusondrugs is a group of 5 guys from around an ex-mining town called Castleford. We play a kind of music that ranges from dirty fuzz rock to atmospheric noise. We’ve been together for about 2 years making music in a mould ridden cave and assaulting people’s ears in various venues up and down the UK.
Leeds and Reading Festivals are only days away how do you prepare for such a big event?
We’ve been practising a lot. Due to the unpredictable weather we’ve been having we’ve thought it best to prepare for anything mother nature might throw at us at us during our slots this weekend. We’ve been having band practice out in the middle of a field in the pouring rain wearing heavy rain coats and wellies and wrapping our equipment in cling film. It seems to be working, we feel fairly confident now.
Do you have any special rituals before you go on stage?
Nothing special, make sure there’s plenty of water around so we don’t turn to dust on stage, check Facebook and Twitter, me and Jason sometimes use vocal pastilles so our throat’s don’t explode. Sometimes I’ll read a few pages of my bible, I love a bit of pre-gig fiction.
What is the daftest question you have been asked in an interview?
“What’s with the name maaaaan? Are you really all on drugs maaaaan?”
What has been your most memorable moment as a band so far?
It hasn’t happened yet, it will be playing Leeds and Reading this weekend. That’s going to be amazing.
Do you have any advice for young aspiring artists?
Work very very very hard, even when it doesn’t seem worth it.
Leeds was the 2nd Festival I ever went to (after glastonbury) do you have any special festival memories as a band or as a punter?
I saw Radiohead at Leeds Festival a few years ago, that was probably one of the best gigs I’ve ever experienced. I was stood in the middle of thousands of people for ages waiting for them with a massive hangover and no water feeling like death, a husk of a man, then Radiohead came out and made it all better. Their light show was great too.