Starting life as ‘These Reigning Days’, three west country boys have been churning out beautifully crafted rock songs for a few years now. However since losing ‘These’ and becoming the equally enigmatic ‘Reigning Days’ things seems to have taken a turn for the rockier and the better. On the back of their first EP last year and a stint touring with Feeder they have not only landed a record deal with the newly conceived Marshall Records but also recorded chunks of their debut LP in Abbey Road studios, had a child (presumably involving an outside partner) and moved from a 2pm ’emerging’ slot in 2016 to an 8pm ‘just about to hit’ slot at Camden Rocks 2017. GIGsoup spoke to them about Camden, collabarations with soap stars and, rather oddly, my upcoming wedding.
When did your relationship with Camden start?
My love affair with Camden back in 2008/9. I’d never actually been to Camden myself before that, but being in bands it has always been on the bucket list. I was playing drums for an old band back in the day, and we finally got ourselves into a bill at a place called Bullet Bar. I’m not even sure that place is there anymore. But it seemed such a huge deal to finally breakaway from the west country and finally get a shot on stage in the legendary Camden. Making the most of it of course (back then in my career, London shows we’re a huge deal!) so we packed our van full of our gear and filled every conceivable space with mates packed in like sardines. It was the hottest day of the year at that point; 30+ degree heat, in a van that had no electricity or air con. We made a full weekend of it, and all came home broken. It was in the fall out of that one show where it became pretty apparent that Camden is its own murky underworld of rock n roll, spit stained venues and choking in the thick air of opportunity and ambition. Jump on a few years and it’s become a home away from home!
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What was your reaction when you knew you would be playing there this year?
We were stoked to be asked back. We had such a ball last year that it quickly became on the to do list of this year. Funnily enough – we’ve spent such a large part of the last 12 months between studios, dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the T’s that we have been itching to get back out and start showing everyone what we have been working on, and Camden rocks was one of the first to jump up and give us the chance to do so!
From the bands so far who are you looking forward to seeing and who would you hope may yet make it on?
Without doubt the two bands I’m stoked to see are Feeder and The Damned. I grew up heavily influenced by the Damned and have seen them play a ridiculous amount of times, but getting to see them on stage in Camden is just that bit sweeter, and Feeder what can we say? Those boys took us out on the road with them late last year and we had such an amazing time. Eternally grateful for the opportunity. But it’s going to be nice this time to watch them as a punter with a beer in hand and not having to worry about loading out during their set and missing all the bangers!
Have you been to Camden Market, what did you buy?
We have been to Camden market hundreds of times. I’ve only ever bought food though!
Which Camden venue is the best to play at?
We’ve been pretty spoilt to play a lot of Camden, but there’s only one really winner here – The Roundhouse. Such a stunning venue, both when empty and while full with sweaty drunk angry teenagers smashing away their weekly working stress.
Both Mary Shelly (Frankenstein) and George Orwell (1984) lived in Camden, do you know any Camden trivia?
I’m not too hot on local knowledge. BUT I have heard this crazy rumour buzzing around town that our very own Dunny boy here is tying the knot the day before our set… how about that for killing two birds with one stone! (This is true, its ME – GIGsoup)
Why should I as a gig goer make an effort to see you guys at Camden this year?
I think you should make an effort to come see us this year because we’re no replica. We’ve only ever done things our way. No compromise and no bullshit. We’re the result of 5 years sheer hard work and graft, 5 years of life changing highs, jaw breaking lows. Fights, hangovers, lost luggage, lost passports, broke and borderline homeless. We’re unpredictable, engaging and honest. But we know how to throw a fucking good party and just occasionally smash out the odd riff or two. And it’s rumoured that the one and only Ian Beale is joining us onstage for a candle lit rendition of Hokey Kokey. Now, you wouldn’t want to miss that, would you?
So if you fancy putting your ‘left leg in’ with Adam Woodyatt or even just watching three guys who love what they do firing off killer riffs and kicking ass, get yourself to Camden Rocks Festival while tickets are still available HERE
Reigning Days album out on Marshall Records in 2017.