October Drift and Luka State are a pair of alternative rocks bands who have never met. This will however, change on March 18th when they both play at The Monarch in Camden as part of the ‘Camden Rocks presents’ build up to the main festival. Despite being strangers from opposite ends of the country there are certain serendipitous coincidences in their history. GIGsoup spoke to them about the festival and found out about acts of public indecency, famous friends and Ben Murray’s shameful past.
When did your relationship with Camden start?
(LS) We actually shot our first ever music video down in Camden. It was a domestic violence love story with our friend Thomas Sangster (from Game of Thrones – GIGsoup) taking the male lead role. Google ’30 Minute Break’. You’ll find it. Since then we’ve always hung out there when we go to London.
(OD) I think it was probably growing up and hearing about the acts coming out of Camden at the time, and the hype the whole area had around it. Like Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty were both massive at the time, and I think it was just a really cool place where loads of stuff was happening. I remember when we were at school, we went on a year 10 school trip to Camden market. It was really cool to see the place and we all fell in love with it. It ended with one kid buying a load of poppers and smashing the whole lot on the floor of the coach on the way home and getting bollocked by the teachers.
Have you played in Camden before?
(OD) Yeah we did Camden Rocks last year, which was awesome and we’re actually doing a show at The Monarch on the 18th March.
(LS) Our first ever gig in London was the Barfly (God rest it’s soul) and we loved it. The crowd was really receptive actually and we had them going after a few songs. Great memories.
What was your reaction when you knew you would be playing there this year?
(OD) Yeah we were really happy to be put on this year, Camden Rocks is a great festival, especially for up and coming bands so we’re chuffed to be included!
From the bands so far who are you looking forward to seeing and who would you hope may yet make it on?
(LS) Apart from Feeder headlining, we’re really looking forward to seeing some of the bands we’ve featured on our YouTube new music show, Listen To This. The Blinders and Cortes especially. Bit gutted October Drift aren’t on the bill though. Incredible band. (It would seem the organiser agrees, they are now on! – GIGsoup)
(OD) I’m really looking forward to catching Avalanche party, Asylums and Pulled Apart By Horses, we’ve been listening to their new album in the van and it’s really cool. I’d like Trash to be added to the bill, they’re awesome.
Have you been to Camden Market, what did you buy?
(OD) Yeah, on that infamous school trip! I think I bought a black and white stripy trilby, which looked painfully awful on me but I wore it with pride for months later. Ben Murray however, bought poppers… fucking loads of them!
(LS) Probably shouldn’t say this. Ha! Sam and I bought some some really strong salvia in the market when we were 19 and and tripped out in Hyde park for the day. Never gonna forget that one.
Which Camden venue is the best to play at?
(OD) Well we did the Dingwalls front bar last year which was cool, but the actual venue looked amazing! So although we haven’t played it, I really wanna play there. We’ve heard the Black Heart’s awesome too so can’t wait for that one!
(LS) Playing the original Dingwalls would be a dream but that’s long gone now. Such a shame. But yeah the Barfly, or the Camden Assembly as it’s know is a great venue. Would be great to play the Electric Ballroom one day though.
Do you know any Camden trivia or even some entirely unsubstantiated rumours?
(OD) Our mate once had sex with someone he’d just met on the bus home down on Camden lock!! So that can be added to the list of trivia.
(LS) I once saw two people fucking at a cashpoint. Wasn’t even that late at night. But that’s Camden for you.
Why should I as a gig goer make an effort to see you guys at Camden this year?
(LS) We treat every gig like it’s Wembley. We feed on that invisible connection between a crowd and the stage and make sure everyone in the room is engaged and having fun. Just bring ear plugs with you.
(OD) I’m the worlds worst salesman! Honestly if this band relied on me selling us we’d literally go absolutely no where! So I’m definitely not going to be able to come up with an elaborate description as to why gig goers should come down to our show. But maybe it’s like a great car, maybe I don’t need to sell it. Like do the people that work at Rolls Royce really have to do any pushy sales techniques to flog a phantom? I don’t think so. Maybe October Drift is a Rolls Royce? Maybe not, but you should probably come to The Black Heart and find out!