How have you found touring with Lostprophets the past few weeks?
Matt: It’s been good, we’ve had a lot of fun. We wern’t expecting to go down well with this kind of crowd but we’ve been pleasantly surprised at every single show. So yeah we’ve had a lot of fun and they’re nice lads and think we’re out drinking with them tonight. They’re in trouble lets put it that way!
What’s been your favourite city/venue to play on this tour so far?
Josh: Ahh can’t really say a favourite.. Yeah we can! Might have been last night for me.
Tony: I thought Leeds was pretty amazing.
Nick: Cardiff for me I’d say.
Josh: Last night was Nottingham mate. It’s different because I like the shows for different reasons. Some of them I like because we have better bass in some of the sound systems. Nottingham last night started off really quite tame and we had to win them over and that’s quite nice when you win over a crowd. Sometimes you go out there and they’re mental from the start and you love them because of that.
Matt: I can’t really put a finger on a favourite city, tricky one – Maybe tonight?! Who knows!
How have fans responded to you on this tour?
Band: Really good.
Josh: They’re so welcoming. Lostprophets fans are so amazing. Lostprophets are so lucky to have them.
Tony: They’re nice loyal people. We usually hang out after the shows, we’re very accessible meeting other people.
Matt: Getting pissed with the fans! We’re never one of those don’t look at us type people.
So there’s been a delay with releasing your brand new single ‘Show Me A Sign’ – Still how’s it gone down with the press and fans so far?
Josh: It’s gone down really well. The crowd seems to go more mad to that than any song we play in our set so far. Big thanks to UKF for that because the video helps a lot and UKF helped a lot with that. Yeah we’ll see how well it does next week. We never really saw it as a chart song so if it does well in the charts, it does well! If it doesn’t, it doesn’t! Support us, help us, if you can.
Matt: Just come and see us play live, that’s all we care about. Don’t judge us by just what we sound like on the radio to be honest.
Nick: I think the crowd can relate to that song more because it’s pretty heavy rock based and there’s Rage Against The Machine rifts at the end.
What inspired the music video for ‘Show Me A Sign’?
Tony: Mine and Josh’s warped brains.
Josh: It’s kind of ironic.
Tony: I don’t know what was it – We wanted a video with sexy girls, weapons, guns, violence and we wanted the execution of a bieber, that is definitely not Justin Bieber.
Matt: Definitely not, definitely not.
Tony: And it’s a bit ironic because we say destroy all commercial music, but we’ve been labelled as commercial music so we thought it would be a bit funny and ironic.
Josh: It’s basically a dig at X Factor, a big old dig at X Factor.
So there’s a full length album in the pipeline.. What can we expect from it and when?
Josh: It’s finished. Whenever the label decide to get up off their er..
Josh: Yeah whenever they decide to release it. Hopefully this quarter of the year. What should you expect – A combination of everything really.
Tony: Very a collective mix.
Josh: It’s got a lot of rock stuff on there, a lot of influences from Pink Floyd to some big Dubstep guys and drum and bass guys. So it’s a kind of.. mix of everything!
At this point in the interview their tour manager interupts us to share out Vodka between the band. Matt – “It’s impossible to do an interview without this”. Josh – “Nah, just give me the bottle” and we carry on..
Who do you draw influences from?
Tony: All different. Mine is kind of early electronic, UK garage kind of people – Tough Jam, big Daft Punk fan.
Josh: All Mowtown kind of things. Also Pink Floyd and I like modern electronic productions like Chasing Shadows.
Matt: Also quite heavily influenced by scat jazz from the 1930′s – Nah that’s a lie, obviously.
Nick: I’m more influenced by more of the old school 60′s rock and roll. Zepplin, Hendrix and obviously playing guitar all the guitar music. Quite similar to Matt I’d say.
Matt: Very similar yes and Pantera just for the power metal element.
What festivals will you be hitting up this summer?
Tony: Loads! Reading, Global Gathering, Wireless, EDC, Starscape, NASS, Park Life. A load!
What one are you most looking forward to playing?
Josh: EDC for me.
Tony: EDC in Vegas and Reading just for the nostalgia the fact it’s the first festival we ever went to. So we’re excited to be on the poster and actually playing there.
Matt: Last time we were there together was er..Phew..A very messy time.
Tony: Me and Matt woke up in drag.
Matt: That did definitely happen.
Josh: They don’t know how it happened. Took them a while to piece it together piecing together the wristbands.
For someone who hasn’t seen you before, what can they expect from a Modestep live show?
Tony: Frenzied energy.
Matt: Kicked in the nuts so hard that you puke blood for a week.
Nick: No, can’t top that!
Is it easy being two brothers in a band?
Josh: I think it makes it a lot easier with contracts and kind of stuff like that – We trust each other, we’re family. It’s much better than some best friends starting a band together and a couple of years down the line they want to go different ways and ends up being a big problem. But we’re brothers – Stuck with each other for life!
You got any crazy tour stories to share with us?
Matt: We went out drinking in Leeds and did gas chambers which is now illegal in several countries (Where you light the alcohol and you inhale the vapors.) We had about 5 or 6 of those and I swung for an invisible man, fell over, smacked my head off the pavement and was briefly unconscious.
Josh: Not briefly – A good few seconds! I’ve got it on video on Twitter.
Matt: I got 19 missed calls from my mother after she see that. It was on this tour. I also ended up in hospital because of my foot, that was fun.
Josh: Yeah, he had to miss out a show.
Matt: I was on the stage dancing on crouches so I was still there in some spirit.
If you could share the stage with one act, who would it be and why?
Tony: For me it’d be Lauren Hill because I love her.
Matt: And how would we go down with Lauren Hill!
Tony: She’d sound incredible on a dubstep tune. To share a stage with – I don’t know, The Prodigy, Pendulum – Someone like that.
Josh: I’d say Pink Floyd to warm everyone up. The Easy Star All Stars doing their version of ‘Dub Side Of The Moon’ and then we go on afterwards.
Matt: Yeah that’d be pretty cool. Good answer – Well done Josh!
And lastly do you have a message you’d like to leave to your fans and our readers?
Josh: Tony always has a message for the fans!
Tony: I do. I want to say a massive thank you. Obviously without you guys we wouldn’t be here and also massive thanks to Lostprophets fans for being so welcoming and so amazing to all of us. We love all of you, thank you very much – Big up! Genuine love.
Modestep’s brand new single ‘Show Me A Sign’ drops on 6th May via Polydor records. Pre-order from Itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/show-me-a-sign-ep/id521784149.
And watch the incredible video for it HERE.