Since 2007, 2000 Trees Festival has been showcasing the best in up-and-coming UK bands and established international artists all in the beautiful rolling Cotswolds hills. The 10,000 capacity event has created a community atmosphere and is once again back in July for another dose of rock and indie.
At the helm this year sees headliners At The Drive-In, Twin Atlantic, and Enter Shikari headlining the main stage, with other major highlights from Creeper, Basement, and Turnstile to name just a few.
Brighton progressive rockers Black Peaks hugely impressed with their debut record ‘Statues’ in 2016, so much that the fact that they’re still in their infancy has all been forgotten.
Album number two is just round the corner and the band will be preparing for the release on The Cave stage on the Thursday of 2000 Trees this year. We caught up with the band to talk about all things Black Peaks and their slot at the upcoming festival this summer.
DP!: Good day, chaps. How are things going in the Black Peaks camp at the moment?
BP: Very well, thanks! We’ve just got back from an incredible few weeks supporting Marmozets plus a few festivals and headline shows to kick off the year.
DP!: Well, let’s cut straight to second album talk. We know it’s all done now. How much more prepared were you for the second time around making a full-length?
BP: As much as any band/artist would be going into the second one I think. There was a ton we learned from ‘Statues’ and, although I know we are all still really proud of what we achieved with that record, I think we felt a lot more focused musically going in for this one.
DP!: We’ve heard one single so far in ‘Can’t Sleep’. Would you say it acts as a good flagship track that’s indicative of the rest of the album?
BP: Actually no, not at all! Haha. I would say it’s a very small part of a much bigger picture. We are definitely an ‘album’ band and when writing try to look at as one full piece as opposed to a bunch of different songs. That’s not to say that this is going to be a concept record by any stretch, but I think ‘Can’t Sleep’ is just the tip of the iceberg with this album.
DP!: We know you’ve been showcasing a few other cuts on the road – ‘Electric Fires’ and ‘Eternal Light’. We assume that these will both be making it onto the final album?
DP!: When are we going to be getting our ears fed with your second album? They’re feeling pretty malnourished with new Black Peaks material.
BP: All in due course! Let’s just say, we are not about to slow down.
DP!: Well, you’ve also got a hell of a summer coming up, including a slot at this year’s 2000 Trees Festival. How are you going to step up from your set last year?
BP: It’s something we are continually working on honestly, and now that we have a big bag of new songs in the arsenal, you can definitely expect to be hearing a bunch of those.
DP!:The 2000 Trees Festival has built up quite a steady and solid reputation over the years, which is now clocking in at over a decade. What do you personally think helps it stand out from the competition?
BP: Somehow they manage to deliver one of the best line-ups year in year out. I think they listen to the audience also. It’s quite clearly not just set up to make a ton of cash; it seems like it has been carefully designed with the aim of giving everyone the best weekend imaginable.
DP!: Have you got any bands on the bill this year that you’re particularly looking forward to catching as a fan whilst you’re there?
BP: Always.. we’re really looking forward to seeing Basement and At The Drive-In particularly, though.
DP!: With the vast array of bands that are performing with you at a festival, especially those performing at the same time, what efforts do you go to in ensuring that any potential fans in the crowd come to you instead, and hopefully go forward as a new born fan?
BP: Whatever show we’re playing we always go in with an attitude of giving it everything we have, and I think that’s all you can do really. We love and believe in what we’re doing, and I think as long as we are having fun with it that will always translate onto a larger audience. If you dig it then great, and if you don’t then that’s cool too.
DP!: Other than a festival of summers and a new album, what else is in the Black Peaks pipeline for 2018?
BP: So much that I wish I could tell you about… it’ll be worth waiting for.
Black Peaks will perform 2000 Trees Festival on Thursday July 12th 2018 on The Cave stage.
Tickets for the festival are available now from the official website.
Interview by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)