Leeds metalcore newcomers Faultlines have just released their latest single ‘Breathe’ which is their first song with a new line up featuring singer Ryan Booth and bassist Lee Horner. They’ve got a run of dates this July to get out there and show off their new material. This means they get to go on tour in their trusty van so we got the guys to give an insight into what they get up to while touring – check out Faultlines‘ top 10 things you’ll find that them doing on tour.
01.) AVOIDING CARRYING THE HEAVY GEAR AT LOAD IN
This happens at every load in without fail. We will turn up at the venue, find out load in details and position the van as close to said location as possible.
Then without warning, someone will disappear.
The gear is heavy and there is lots of it. Nobody wants to lug it in and possibly up 3 flights of stairs but it’s got to be done.
The person perpetrating the disappearance at load in will be ribbed about their actions for the rest of the day.
02.) BECOMING THE VAN DJ
This is a challenge that everyone’s had a go at, with varying levels of success.
Aux cable in hand and a killer song in mind can send you straight to top dog status in the van but it only takes one poor song choice and your aux cable privileges will be swiftly removed.
Singing along to R Kelly’s ‘The World’s Greatest’ is a band favourite on the road and always lifts the spirits if we are knackered.
03.) BEST BUNKS IN THE VAN
The most important thing for this band is getting to play shows and share our music with people. This means our focus is all about getting to the show and putting on a great one.
As soon as the last chord is played and the gear is packed away, the focus soon turns to either sinking the rest of the tinnies on the rider or fighting for the best bunk in the van.
Middle bunk is the best, it’s not on the floor where all the bags end up and it’s not on the top where it’s hard to get down from.
If we’ve got a photographer or merch guy with us, one of us will have to sacrifice our bunk and sleep on the seats.
Deciding which person that is can be a colourful conversation.
04.) THE DESIGNATED VAN DRIVER DECIDER
3 members of our band can drive the van and all 3 would definitely like to have a drink and enjoy the post gig antics.
One must be chosen to drive, this is decided by a game of rock, paper, scissors.
Best of 3 wins. No ifs no buts.
We’re not savages!
05.) FULLY CHARGED MOBILE PHONES/GEAR
Like everyone else on tour, we spend a lot of time on our phones, cameras, laptops etc
We have spent many an hour in a dodgy Wetherspoon or motorway service station charging our stuff.
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06.) CRACKING OPEN A WARM ONE WITH THE LADS
We love getting a nice crate of beer on the rider, it really makes our day. Sometimes there isn’t a fridge to store them in, so you’re likely to see us cracking open a warm one before the show after the mandatory rock, paper, scissors.
07.) RELIVING TOUR MEMORIES/TALES
We’ve had some great times together in this band and some unforgettable moments. There’s something about being on tour that sparks the conversation of strange and amazing things we’ve seen or done together.
Whether it’s Sie’s story about forgetting to pick up our bassist on the way to our Hands Like Houses support show.
Or the time we spotted a guy in the crowd with 2 full bags of Asda shopping. He must have walked past the venue after doing the big shop.
Priceless, we can’t wait to make more memories on our upcoming tour with Invisions this July.
08.) FAULTLINES KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
Different cities are great for exploring and we enjoy getting to see new places or revisiting old ones.
We try to find a new place to eat each time, but it’s Russian roulette.
Criteria for restaurants is usually just:
How far is it from the venue?
Is it open?
So we’ve had fun sampling the best and worst places on offer.
Do not get a fish butty from the chippy next to Sticky Mikes in Brighton!
09.) “BORROWING” EACH OTHER’S STUFF
We try to pack everything we need for tour and make sure all our gear is ready to go.
However, we are only human and someone will forget their phone be charger, batteries or something else minor but essential on tour.
Luckily for said person they can just “borrow” it off one of the other band members. Do not lend Benji your phone charger or lighter, you will not see it again till the end of tour.
Fully charged AA batteries must be hidden at all times especially just before stage time.
10.) SERVICE STATION SHOWERS
If you don’t have somewhere to stay for the night or a friend to use their shower while on the road.
You’re going to have to brave the service station showers.
Flip flops are essential, do not go in there bare foot and don’t forget your towel.
These are the golden rules.
We’d like to think we’ll never have to use one again but a clean band is a happy band.
Faultlines are off on tour this month with Invisions. Check out the dates below:
JULY 20 – BIRMINGHAM, Subside
JULY 21 – HULL, O’Riley’s
JULY 22 – LEEDS, Temple Of Boom
JULY 23 – DERBY, Sitwell Tavern