Thursday, 6 September 2018

Interview: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line Burn It Down Festival The Foundry Torquay Interview

UK-based pop punk band The Bottom Line have been busy in the studio and on the road, with all of their hard work paying off in successful feats including performing at Download festival 2018 and supporting Waterparks on tour. Most recently, they made an appearance at Torquay's new creation, Burn It Down Festival, taking to the stage at The Foundry to unleash new tracks from their soon-to-be released album. After the show, I caught up with them backstage to find out some juicy info about the future for the boys...

SS: First of all, congratulations on playing Download Festival this year! Getting such big names involved in your music video for 'Reasons' was a really clever move. Are there any possibilities for collaboration with other artists, especially when your new album is released?

Tom: Well, I think Bury Tomorrow are keen on doing a pop punk track... haha, absolutely not.

Max: We pretty much harassed and chased down every single person so it's more likely to be a restraining order than a collaboration, haha!

Tom: We were all genuinely fans of the bands so they were all sound when we were going up to them, nobody was arrogant and every single person was keen.

Callum: To be fair, everyone was really lovely. Anyway, we can't get a collab now as the album is already finished. Next time maybe?

SS: Upon release of your new album, can we expect a similar sound to 'Reasons'?

Callum: Good question! Actually, Reasons is probably the most 'Bottom Line' you'd expect from that album I'd say.  Everything else is a little bit more updated which is nice.

Tom: I feel like that song bridges the old Bottom Line from the new direction, that's why it's the first one we've put out.

Max: There's also a lot more electric drums and loads of things which we wouldn't normally do. We usually play it pretty safe but now we're pushing ourselves out there a little bit. Even with the new stuff, we're still not in any aspect like a mainstream band.

SS: You have played quite a few festivals, headliner shows and supported some pretty popular bands like Waterparks. What has been your favourite so far and why? 

Callum: I would say that my favourite tour which we've ever done would be the one we did in January for our headline tour. It was so good! We had the best line up with us, all of the good bands and all of our friends on the buses. It was the easiest tour we've ever done. Everything worked, people actually came to see us. Also everyone was really into it, we'd never expected a reception like that at a headline show, especially across the whole tour, it was so sick.

Tom: Everyone who came to the shows were just there for us which was great.

Max:  There's so much pressure when you're the headline band in case no-one turns up, it's a massive downer, but we were so surprised with the amount of people who turned up. We were amazed, we were blown away, it was really cool.

Tom: On the other end of the spectrum as well in terms of supports, being the main support for The Offspring in an ice hockey venue, that was just stupid. It was an amazing experience.

Max: All of our tours have been so unique for us, each one has been a new experience from a big European bus tour, then Waterparks was this big, amazing hyped band. Then our headline tour was just incredible.

SS: You released your first album ‘Role Models’ in 2012. Before it’s release, how did you meet and decide to form The Bottom Line?

Tom: Prison. Haha!

Callum: Becoming The Bottom Line? We already were The Bottom Line! But Tom wasn't even in the band, it was just us three, me, Max and Matt are the original members. We were in another band but we wanted to change the name. We already had shirts made that already had 'TBL' on them...

Max: We then decided to make a new name which already had the initials as TBL because we were that lazy. Yet I should probably point out that with these shirts, we bought some pieces of paper which printed the design onto the tops for about £10 and thought there was a lot of value in them so we ironed them on ourselves and thought 'We need to change our name, based on this".

Callum: We made the t-shirts for fifteen quid and sold them for about £8. Great marketing tactics, right? That's how The Bottom Line came out! That was back in like 2011 and we didn't really take ourselves very seriously at all.

SS: As a band, do you feel a big difference in the way you’ve grown into a recognisable name, building yourselves from scratch?

Callum: Oh definitely, yeah. Back then we used to see how drunk we could get before a show (the answer is VERY). Now we take our live shows really seriously, without that we wouldn't be a band right now.

Max: Yeah, we're just a bunch of idiots but once it becomes show time, it's quite funny to watch the idiots turn into these actual serious people.

Callum: We still have a couple of odd shows though. There was a time in Italy though where you were absolutely wrecked *points at Tom*. He was so wasted he was just lay on the floor on stage.

Tom: I fell over!

Matt, Max and Callum: You did not fall over, we watched you lie on the floor...

Max: You thought you were AC/DC, then you started rolling around on the floor. You were trying to catch the lights as well. It was Rome where you fell over. 

SS: Anyway, you’re all clearly extremely passionate about music. Which artists inspired each of you to learn to play and want to perform, specifically with the pop punk genre? 

Callum: I would say Home Wrecked. (Points at Ben from Home Wrecked who decided to drunkenly join in on the interview). I had this weird dream when I was 13 of this band called Home Wrecked and we decided to take over the world. I wanted to follow in their footsteps before they were even a band, so I met them in a past life and now we're all in this interview, it's full-circled! No, seriously I'd say it's an impossible question to answer as there's so many artists which have inspired me from a young age.

Max: Now it's a serious question, why are all eyes on me? I'd say this is a really tricky one, the first song I really listened to and thought 'This song is incredible' was Red Hot Chili Peppers, By The Way. That song sort of carved my way into the rock and pop theme. As well, of course Blink 182, Enema of the State. My Godfather bought it for me and  I was like 'Holy shit, this is incredible!' and from then I was sort of stuck and that's where it all started for me.

Ben (Home Wrecked): That was his turning point from his hardcore rave moment, he listened to By The Way. He had glow sticks, it was going off, but then he listened to that song and that was it. He picked a bass up and decided 'I'm not going to be a DJ anymore'.

Tom: The people who made me realise that I wanted to be a musician was actually Macy Gray and Shaggy. Oh no, seriously it changes all of the time. New Found Glory and A Day To Remember will always be important ones for me though.

Callum: There are so many different bands that one week it's one band then the next, you have a new favourite. Back in the day you could go to a gig like New Found Glory and they were the days. In this day and age, music has changed so much in the last 5 years it's sometimes hard to tell which is the right way of doing things as well as which footsteps to follow. It's very hard to catch that wave and be on it.

Max: I guess it's just important to be organically inspired, you know? Like you hear something and you just like it. Don't listen to something because of what genre it is, if you like something just listen to it and that naturally comes out in how you write music, play music and even how you act on stage. You take loads of bits from different artists and make it your own. 

SS: Every year you organise Teddy Rocks Festival to raise money for supporting and researching Children's Cancer. What should we expect in terms of sound for the line up in 2019. Are there any big names signed up that we can look out for?

Tom: It's really hard because we're not a massive festival at all, it's really hard to get a line up confirmed at this time of year. Basically, everyone holds out until they've had their big offers from the likes of Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, Download, 2000 Trees and all of those. Once bands know what they're doing with their main festivals, that's when we can start having those discussions. It's difficult though endorsing it as we have to try and put something on for everyone. My personal favourite is the Second Stage, the Vocal Sound Stage because that's where we get the punk, punk rock, pop punk and metal sort of stuff. So we'll definitely have some real heavy stuff and fast stuff on the Second Stage. That'll be like The Pit type of sound at Reading and Leeds. Main stage will be a mix of everything really, a bit of pop, a bit of radio rock and some heavy stuff as well. But, we'll see. 

You can check out The Bottom Line over on Spotify and explore the band here.

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