GIGsoup took some time out from the busy line-up on the Friday afternoon to ask local Kensters Get Inuit about their experiences at LeeFest, their upcoming single and how they found their surfy punk sound.

You’re local boys aren’t you? This is your neck of the woods- how does it feel to be playing in your own back yard at LeeFest?

It’s quite exciting. The line-up for our stage is filled with bands that we’ve done a lot of local shows with before. It’s nice being at a really well established huge festival and seeing all of those people scattered around the crowd. We’ve only just got here, but we’ve already seen The Bay Rays and had a chat with them and thery’re all people that we’ve done local shows with and we’re all here together. It’s exciting as well, because we’ve been on the road for a while, so this is like bringing our brothers to meet our new brothers so to speak. It’s really cool.

You’ve had a massive year; you’ve had quite a bit of airplay on Radio 1, which must be exciting. And you’re releasing a new single, “Teriyaki” on September 2nd. Not to mention a tour supporting Spring King. Can you fit any more in? Are there even more plans this year?

I think there are! Because the Spring King tour is pretty much the whole of October, which is in itself amazing and I don’t think we’ve ever done a tour for that long! But Septembers quite busy with the end of festival season, which is exciting. We’ve still got two months to fill though haven’t we? We’ve got to find some more bands to support.

Are you doing a release party for your single?

We’re planning on doing a local one, cause we’re from Kent. In Canterbury- nothing too fancy, just a nice venue that we’ve played at before and there will be lots of friends and family that will fill it up for us. A nice homecoming.

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Your sound has been described as gritty surf pop- how have you arrived at that? Kent isn’t really surf country!

No, not at all! A lot of us are really inspired by The Beach Boys and bands like that where they’re really melodic and the harmonies are really nice. At the same time, we all kind of like punk bands and sounds like that. It felt like a really great progression to do that. I don’t really have a voice that can be like ‘rah rah rah rah rah’ I kind of have to sing or I’ll sound like a chiwawa. Just doing melodies and me and Rob do a lot if harmonies- that’s him over there, but he’s doing a completely separate interview! Always singing together! It’s an inspiration born of being die-hard fans of The Beach Boys and similar bands.

If you could stage invade one act at LeeFest, who would it be and what would you do?

It would have to be at the right time, but James from Spring King does the best hugs. They’re like caramel, so everytime I see him I have to get a hug. So it would be Spring King, just to get a killer hug.

Cause you and Spring King are quite good friends. How does it feel to be going on tour with them?

Well, we think we’re quite good friends- I don’t know if they would say the same thing! It feels nice and we’ve played quite a few festivals with them, so every time it feels like a reunion and there’s lots of hugging. So they’re playing tonight quite late. It’s going to be quite late and I don’t thing there’s much else going on, so it will be a heaving show. So if we’re going to stage invade it will be then!

Do you have any other plans for your time at LeeFest? Which other bands do you particularly want to catch?

We’ve got to do a lot of interviews, it’s a killer line-up. It’s a shame we won’t get to see The Bay Rays- they’re literally playing right now, I can hear them from here. Me and Rob are going to see Clean Cut Kid- I just saw Mike walk past right now, so I’m a bit worried about saying it too loud because I’m a massive fan, also Will Joseph-Cook who’s on just before us and Otherkin who are on just after us. It’s a great line-up so much to see!

This Get Inuit article was written by Fraisia Dunn, a GIGsoup contributor. Header image by Lisa Furness.

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