At the start of 2013, Mike Kerr returned from nine months of travelling and reunited with his old drummer mate Ben Thatcher in the car home from the airport with no idea of what was to come. A year later they had honed their sound, built around Mike’s unique doctoring of his bass guitar to sound like an entire band of dark, blues-chewing desert rock psychopaths, they found themselves with Arctic Monkeys’ management (and their t-shirt on drummer Matt Helders’ chest at Glastonbury 2013), a major label deal and a spot as the only rock band on the BBC Sound Of 2014 list. As their gargantuan early singles – "Little Monster," "Come On Over," and Figure It Out" - gained traction and acclaim in the UK, they struck out to America. “We spent most of our time over there, slowly going away at it,” says Mike. “We’d just done the Finsbury Park support with the Arctic Monkeys and it was like day one in America for us. It was back to twenty people in the room, there’s a leak in the ceiling, there’s a guy with an American flag tattoo, we’re in the middle of nowhere. I remember thinking, ‘We’ve got to start again and this country is f--king huge’.”
We imagine the crowd might be slightly larger when they play the Roseland on August 10th. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th here.