Ant West - Futures Interview
With 2010 coming to an end it wraps up a huge year for Futures. Tonight sees the band travel six hours to the Lancaster Library to play a 40 minute set, but even with the prospect of making the long drive home the band are in good spirits and deliver a faultless set. I managed to catch up with singer Ant West before the show to talk about the band's progression.
Q: So you played Burnley Library last week, you're in Lancaster's tonight. Is this the strangest venue you've been in?
Yeah it's pretty weird, it's cool though.
Q: What do you think of it as a venue?
Yeah it's really cool, big and just cool seeing books everywhere. Totally different when we normally arrive at a cold black room so it's really nice.
Q: Your last album was released through Rocksound, are you doing the next one differently? And when is it expected?
Yeah that'll be actual sale. I really don't know [when it'll be out], we're talking about it at the moment. We've written it, we've got most of the songs and we're going to a house tomorrow morning to write for a couple of weeks over Christmas. But I think we might be going into the studio in January, it's all pretty last minute.
Q: Are you playing any new songs tonight?
A couple yeah, the one we just played [in sound check].
Q: You've announced a headline show, the first batch for the London Barfly sold out in ten minutes, are you looking forward to the whole tour and have you confirmed supports?
Yeah I think it sold out today but the first batch sold out in ten minutes apparently. But yeah it should be nice; we're talking to an American band who I can't say now. It's annoying I really want to say because they're one of my favourite bands so it'll be cool if it actually happens.
Q: 2010 was a big year in terms of recognition for the band, do you have a highlight?
The last tour was pretty amazing, we did a tour in September it was wild, it was pretty crazy.
Q: How do you want to top that in 2011?
[pauses] By becoming the biggest band in the world, probably.