SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Not Advised

Following a UK tour supporting VersaEmerge, Southampton’s Not Advised are set to perform on the Atticus stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Their debut EP ‘After The Fight We Won’ has helped to establish the band securely in the underground pop-punk scene of the UK, and with work beginning on their first full-length soon after the festival is over, it seems the quintet are going to make a name for themselves very soon. Guitarist Jack Fairbrother was nice enough to give us the lowdown:

Zach: How are you guys looking forward to your set at Slam Dunk Festival?
Jack: We’re really excited, it’s always a great festival. We’d all been to Slam Dunk as fans before we’d played it and had a great time, so we know it’s going to be a good weekend. It’s also a great chance for us to catch up with friends from other bands who we don’t see all the time.

Zach: You played a set there last year, how are you going to step up from that performance this year?
Jack: We always give it everything we’ve got on stage and try to put on the best show possible. We’ve toured quite a lot this past year and feel that currently we’re playing the best we ever have, so hopefully it’s naturally a step up from last year. We’re also playing a couple of new songs which we feel are the best we’ve ever written, so that naturally brings more excitement to the set for us.

Zach: You’re performing on the Atticus stage alongside the likes of 3OH!3, Framing Hanley and A Rocket To The Moon, how does it feel to be sharing a stage with those acts?
Jack: We feel very lucky to be asked to play on such a big stage, it feels like a reward for how far we’ve come in a year. I think sharing the stage with “bigger” bands just makes us more geared up to give the best possible performance, and make sure that anyone who takes the time to come watch our set leaves feeling like it was worth it.

Zach: For those who haven’t had a chance to listen to you guys yet, how would you best describe your sound?
Jack: This is always a tough question to answer. I’d say we’re a UK rock band with big choruses and tons of energy, but rather than read this we’d rather you came and watched us live and made up your own mind!

Zach: Why should those who are going to Slam Dunk this year come and check out your set?
Jack: People should come check out our set (5:00pm – Leeds / 4:50pm – Hatfield) because we always try and make sure everyone who watches has a good time, and who doesn’t like having a good time?

Zach: Are there any bands that you guys are planning to catch whilst you’re there?
Jack: I definitely want to catch The Starting Line, they’re one of my favourite bands and I’ve never seen them tour since the first album, so I can’t wait to hear some of the later songs live. Also, we all like The Dangerous Summer, so hopefully we get to see those guys, and also our friends in Deaf Havana.

Zach: Will you guys be chilling out at the aftershow party afterwards?
Jack: Yes, we definitely will. It’s not very often that we get to see so many of our friends bands in one place, so it’s a good chance to have a few beers together. The afterparty is definitely one of the best alternative club nights of the year.

Zach: What’s planned for Not Advised once Slam Dunk is over?
Jack: We head out to Europe to play shows with VersaEmerge and Mayday Parade, then we have a month in our practice studio finishing up writing the album before we do a regional UK tour with Deaf Havana.

Zach: Anything else you guys would like to add or share with our readers?
Jack: Anyone who hasn’t heard us before, check us out on YouTube, and if you like what you hear, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

LEEDS SET TIME: 17:00 – 17:30 (5:00pm – 5:30pm) on the Atticus stage.
HATFIELD SET TIME: 16:50 – 17:20 (4:50pm – 5:20pm) on the Atticus stage.
RIYL: Futures, All Time Low, Out Of Sight
LISTEN TO: The World’s Not Ready, A Red Light Situation, Right Now