SUMMERJAM 2013 PREVIEW: Heights

As one of this year’s sponsors for Manchester’s own SummerJam, we’re carrying out some preview features for a bunch of bands featured on the line-up. This time we spoke with Alex Monty, the rather erratic vocalist for British hardcore troupe, Heights. You can check out what he had to say and why you should catch the band’s set below:

DP!: How are things going in Heights at the moment?
A: Good, thanks! We’re getting into the summer mentality, playing lots of festivals and writing in our down time for whatever our next release is going to be.

DP!: You guys are set to play at this year’s SummerJam festival weekend, excited?
A: Of course. Manchester is always a good place for us to play. Earlier this year on our tour with Your Demise, we played NQ Live and it was probably one of the craziest shows we’ve ever played in the UK. So yeah, we’re pretty excited for this one, especially as we’re headlining a stage.

DP!: For those who are yet to see you guys live, what can they expect from your set at SummerJam?
A: Live shows are the rare part of music now where you don’t have to explain what you’re doing or the reason why. Try not to expect anything from a band’s set and just come and watch it and have a good time and forget all the other bullshit that’s involved. It’s not hard!

DP!: You also have a set at this year’s Hevy Fest in London’s Brixton O2 Academy, how are you feeling about that?
A: Personally, mostly nervous, haha. I’m really excited though. Getting to play with bands like Comeback Kid and Killswitch Engage is pretty cool, but getting to do it at Brixton is another level. It’s a rare opportunity and we might never get a chance to play a venue as big and as prestigious as Brixton, so I just want to take it all in and remember it all.

DP!: What do you guys have planned after SummerJam is done and dusted?
A: We’ve got a little south coast tour with POLAR. booked. It’s a good opportunity to visit some places that we don’t usually do and haven’t been to before. Then there’s Brixton, a couple of festivals in the UK and Europe, and then our first ever UK headline in the autumn with Black Dogs and The Catharsis. We’re doing ten or so dates all over the country. Then heading back the studio for whatever is next.

DP!: Do you have any final words for our readers and SummerJam attendees?
A: Yeah, come down to one of our headline tour dates in the autumn. Dates can be found over on our website (here). Come to some shows and we’ll break some stuff and hurt ourselves, it’ll be great.

Heights are performing on Sunday July 21st on the Second Stage at 9:00pm.

ALSO LISTEN TO: ‘Eye For An Eye’ / ‘These Streets’ / ‘Dead Ends’