Bury Tomorrow: “Playing Reading And Leeds Is A Dream For Us”We chat to south coast metalcore mavericks Bury Tomorrow in our spectacular new issue, out now, and because we’re lovely to you lot, we thought we’d give you a look at what the guys had to say about coming back from the brink and getting to open up the main stage at Reading And Leeds this year.
“We’d had issues with our management to the point where we decided that we’d be better off without them,” explains bassist Davyd Winter-Bates of the difficulties the guys were experiencing back in 2011. “We took the lead and parted ways, and it just all went to shit.”
“We felt that we were being made into something that we didn’t want to be,” adds singer and Dav’s bro, Dani. “It put a lot of strain into the direction that we wanted to go. We wanted to be a very English metal band. Obviously, we have no disrespect for the American bands out there doing their thing – that’s what sells and that’s awesome – but we wanted to take a different route.”
Take it they did, and the result is that, just over two years later, they’re opening up Reading and Leeds on the main stage! Not fucking bad, right?!
“Playing Reading and Leeds is a dream for us,” says Dani. “We thought we’d be on the Lock Up stage, which would still be huge for us, but then we got an email saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we put you guys on main stage?’ Four days later, they told us that we were doing it!”
“When you start a band, you have a dream,” adds Dav. “Our dream was to make fans, write the music that we wanted and maybe get to play festivals. Now we’ve got that opportunity, we need to find new dreams! If you become a band, get to a certain level and then drop off…90 per cent of bands that get to that point will never get the chance to rise again. Well, we’ve risen again.”
Bury Tomorrow play Reading and Leeds in August and hit the following venues this Autumn on their UK tour:
Sep 26 Southampton Mo Club
Sep 27 Bristol The Fleece
Sep 28 Birmingham O2 Academy2
Sep 29 Manchester Academy 3
Sep 30 Newcastle O2 Academy2
Oct 1 Glasgow Garage
Oct 2 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Oct 3 Norwich Waterfront
Oct 4 London O2 Academy Islington
Support comes from Feed The Rhino, Heart In Hand and Empress. Not bad, eh?