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Cotton Clouds Festival ‘In Their Own Words’ – Proletariat

Here at GIGsoup, we have been following Mossley band, Proletariat over the past few months, checking out their newly released EP and catching them play live. They started off the festival season with a bang at Liverpool’s Sound City and a few days after that they announced they would be playing as support to fellow Mossley band, Cabbage on their UK tour. These must see Mancunian punks are also appearing at Cotton Clouds Festival on August 12th so Jane Davies had a chat with Proletariat’s Luke O’Reilly about how they were getting on and their thoughts on the festival season.

Hello Proletariat, how’s it going?

Not too bad thanks! Yourself?

How was the EP, ‘Always the same’ received?

It’s been received really well actually yeah, we’ve had a lot of people praise us for being another young band who’ve begun releasing music that’s a bit more raw and real, which we think in recent years has been missed a bit so that’s cool. Each song on the EP sort of touches on different subjects and issues, whether that be personal or social, and people are beginning to understand that a bit more now, and they seem be enjoying the tunes too because we keep getting bigger and better gigs out of it. Where we are now compared to six months ago is crazy.

Last time Gigsoup spoke to you, new songs were in the pipeline, any developments we can report?

All the songs have been recorded now and we’re really happy with how they’ve turned out. In terms of what you can expect from them, there’s a lot of the same loud, fast in your face moments. There’s a track we’ve done called ‘Nervous Energy’ which we’ve played live a few times now and really gets the crowd going, that’s quite a heavy one; Adam Steele from Hop Pole Studios where we recorded thinks it’s very Rage Against the Machine-esque, so I think if we can live anywhere near up to that comparison then we’ve done alright. And in terms of lyrics I think we’ve maybe gone slightly more political with these songs and voiced a bit of an opinion on current events, which we all feel is an important thing for – especially young bands – and anyone involved in music to do as it’s such a large and influential platform to do so.

Did you have a good time at Sound City?

Yeah we all loved Sound City it was an amazing experience. That was our first outdoor major festival too so it was pretty surreal for us, quite a step up and weird to know we were playing as part of a line-up of so many big names but we really enjoyed it. People seemed to really like our set too – we even had Lee from Cabbage come and introduce us before we came on which was pretty special – and a few of the Cabbage lot stuck around for the rest of the set which was cool and quite weird seen as though we’d just watched them on the main stage. But yeah, the feedback from it was great, and we’re really thankful to Pirate Studios for having us on.

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Was this brokered before you both played at Sound City?

Yeah, Lee actually rang us up a few weeks before and asked us if we fancied doing it. Then their management got in touch and we confirmed it. We had to keep it all under wraps though for a while until the official announcement came out – which was definitely not an easy thing to do!

Did you catch their set?

Yeah, they smashed it as usual, we’ve all seen them quite a few times now they just keep getting better and better. We’re based in the same little town as them too, Mossley, so it’s not that uncommon to bump into them at the pub or wherever, they’re all top guys.

Do you prefer country or inner city festivals?

I think both of them are special in their own right, an inner city festival celebrates a city and all the sounds that come from it and sometimes you get to play in really unique and local venues which have probably harnessed all of the best sounds that city has ever made, whereas country festivals are more like a whole other world where everyone comes together outside of cities and creates something completely different.

Cotton Clouds is at Saddleworth Moor – have you ever been to Saddleworth before?

Well Mossley where we’re from is literally right next door to Saddleworth, and our drummer even went to Saddleworth School, so it’s basically home to us, we’re really excited for it.

Who will you be watching at Cotton Clouds?

Well, it’s such a big line up we’ll be watching as many as we can. Definitely catch Gardenback who we played with at Night and Day Café a few months back, our mates in Shadow Palace, Ethan & the Reformation seem to be doing quite well, The Blinders, The Whip, Sugarhill Gang and of course The Coral… And probably loads more too.

How do you prepare for a festival?

I think you just go into it the same way you go into any gig, you get your set together and practice. We get together at least 3 sometimes 4 times a week to prepare for stuff like that because we know it’s a massive opportunity to play our music to a whole new range of people and it’s place where, especially at our level, people are never going to have heard us before so we’ve got to be on top of our game in order to hopefully get some new fans out of it.

Tell us about any funny or embarrassing festival experiences as a member of the audience.

Our guitarist Connor got really, really pissed at Y NOT festival last year and ended up falling asleep in his chair, this was a really scorching hot day. Connor by the way professes to be a tanner, but this was not one of those times. No sun cream, shorts and t-shirt, game over. He was burnt for a week and a half after the festival ended.

What would you put on your rider, if you could ask for anything at a festival?

Whiskey, whiskey and more whiskey.

What would be your dream festival to play at?

I think for us, and pretty much any aspiring band or musician, Glastonbury always seems to top the list. We’d love to play Reading and Leeds, and even festivals abroad like Rock Werchter in Belgium. But there’s just something about watching Glastonbury on TV or online and it being almost like a ritual to catch as many bands as you can over that three day period… Playing at that festival and actually being there as opposed to watching it on TV would be incredible

The last few remaining tickets for Cotton Clouds are available online. Don’t miss out on a great new festival in the North West.

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