We were recently lucky enough to ask Decade vocalist Alex Sears some questions about the upcoming Kerrang! Awards, Slam Dunk Festival, their tour with Lower Than Atlantis tour and future plans. Here’s how it went!
How does it feel for Decade to be shortlisted for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards?
Well, I know every British band probably says this, but when me and the other guys were younger, Kerrang! was hugely influential to us. A lot of the bands that I love now would probably have passed under my radar had it not been for seeing them in the magazine/on the TV channel or whatever. I always wanted to be in Kerrang! but I never imagined being nominated for an award! It’s a great feeling.
So you recently played Slam Dunk, what’s the best part of playing festivals like that?
For me, it’s always the fact that you have such a concentration of your fans in one place. People are reluctant to travel miles and miles for a headline show (which is understandable), but if they can see a dozen of their favourite bands in a day, then they are more inclined to make the trip, I think. I love talking/hanging out with fans and when you have that many in one place it’s really cool. Plus you get to see other great bands for free!
What was it like having your lyrics screamed back at you all over the UK?
It always takes me by surprise if I’m honest. I always try to get the crowd involved with singing along, then when they do I feel overwhelmed! It’s a very strange feeling. It’s like, you write some words in your bedroom a hundred miles away, and then you’re in a room with 200 people and they are singing them. It’s surreal. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it’s surreal!
Which band/band member did you bond most with at Slam Dunk?
I wouldn’t say that I bonded with anyone new at Slam Dunk, but I got to see our mates in Marmozets, Blitz Kids, Save Your Breath, Light You Up and a bunch of others which is always great. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and so rarely get to see friends in other bands (they never play in/near my town), so it’s always great to catch up!
It was recently announced that decade are supporting Lower Than Atlantis, how did that come about?
As far as I’m aware, they asked us to tour with them. It’s really nice when that happens because often your booking agent will submit your music to a bigger band in the hope of touring with them and they may not have heard of you before. I’ve always been a fan of LTA and particularly of Mike Duce’s songwriting, so for them to ask us was really cool. I’m excited for the tour!
What are the current plans for Decade? Working on anything new or just chilling out?
Right now we’re just playing as many shows as we can. Good Luck has only been out five months so we plan on playing it to as many people as possible. I’ve started writing music towards another album, but we have no plans in terms of recording or anything yet!