The XCerts make their way to The Georgian Theatre, Stockton this month so Adam Hutchinson caught up with the band to talk about being on the road, Leeds Festival and more.
It’s been a few months since you toured the UK. Are you excited to get back on the road?
Yeah, I especially enjoy headline tours and it will be really good to play lots of new stuff as the album will be out by then. The last UK tour was a pretty special one for us; they were our biggest headline shows to date, the audience response was amazing and it definitely felt like something had shifted.
You’ve recently just finished touring Europe with Nothing But Thieves…how was that for you?
It was incredible! The second show of the tour was in Amsterdam and we played to 6,500 people. It was basically a small arena and I think it’s the most nervous/excited I’ve been before a show. We’ve toured with the NBT boys before, back in 2014, and they are good friends of ours. It’s amazing to see them doing so well.
Being in the crowd at your main stage Leeds Festival performance, it seemed you received a great reception from the festival-goers. How gratifying was this? Especially on the main stage…
That whole experience was so special for me especially as Reading Festival is THE festival I went to as a kid. It felt like a real achievement to finally play there – and on the main stage too! It was a pretty whirlwind few days for us as we only found out we were playing the night before.
To fans’ pleasure, you announced the release of the fourth album ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ which is your first full release in four years. What was the recording process like for you this time?
It was slightly different to how we have done it in the past but it really worked for us. We tracked the guitars, bass and drums at Rockfield in Wales with Dave Eringa, then the vocals, keys and extra production were done in Dundee with our producer, Gary Clark. It was really valuable working with such professionals as Dave and Gary.
As a band, you’ve supported arguably some of the most influential acts in music like Taking Back Sunday and Brand New. Have there been any moments on these big tours which were affirming for the band?
I think supporting Biffy Clyro at The Royal Albert Hall is still a real career high for me. Biffy were one of the first big bands we were lucky enough to tour with and the fact that we were huge fans made it even more of a big deal. Then chuck in the fact you can tell your Mum and Dad to come see you play at The Albert Hall and it becomes a once in a lifetime experience.
You’re set to return to the North East on your latest UK tour, but do you have any fond memories of playing here in the past?
I remember having a great show in Newcastle when we were on tour with Twin Atlantic; it was in the big room at the O2 and it was a blast sharing the stage with our brothers. I also used to regularly play at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton-On-Tees in my old pop-punk band when I was a teenager, so I’m very much looking forward to going back on to headline and see if all the graffiti I inflicted on the dressing room remains!
The Xcerts play The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Sunday 25th February. Tickets, priced at £8.50 in advance, are available at georgiantheatre.co.uk.