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Exclusive: Rise To Remain
15th October, 2011 Photographer: Claire Simmons
Words: Kt Evans Interview: Lauren Peel
Lauren: Hey R2R, how are you all doing today?
Joe: "Absolutely Splendid Thankyou!"
L: You've just been headlining a tour around the UK, how has it felt to play to kids who are there just to see you?
J: "It was Crazy! We had no idea what to expect going into the headlining tour as it was our first, and to see real fans with RTR shirts queuing outside the venues was mind blowing. Its a new thing for us so we were totally over the moon."
L: What's the craziest thing that happened on the tour?
J: "Haha it has to be in Nottingham. The last show we did with Bleed From Within and The Safety Fire we decided to play 'Laid To Rest' by Lamb of God. We had Ally and Goonzi from BFW on drums and guitar, Dez from TSF on guitar, Will from RTR on bass which is crazy, and everyone else sharing the vocals/stage diving. It was a great way to end the tour and...
All hell broke loose on stage and off. It was awesome."
L: You've got a tour coming up in Europe next month, where are you most looking forward to playing?
J: "Ahh thats a tough one as we cant wait to go back to Germany, Holland, Belgium, France. But we have never toured Scandinavia or Finland before, so thats going to be a completely new experience for us. We just cant wait to be on the road again, playing shows and visiting all these amazing countries!"
L: Your album, City of Vultures is now available, how does it feel to have an album out when you've previously released successful, digital EP's?
J: "Its a dream come true.
To walk in to any cd store in the country and see your album is an amazing feeling. Ben Tovey actually just sent us a picture of our cd on the shelves in Amsterdam, so we are still getting used to it!"
L: Who have been the best support bands for you while you've been on tour?
J: "The Safety Fire and Bleed From Within. It was just such a friendly vibe on the road with those guys. Everyone helped everyone out, no bullshit just good times. True Bro-down!!"
L: And what have you got coming up in the next 12 months?
J: "We have The Defenders of the Faith at the end of the year, then a lot more touring all of next year as well. Theres plans to go out to America, Europe again and much much more. Cant give anything away at this moment of time but we will keep ya'll posted!"