With Glasgow’s music scene currently saturated with indie bands, The LaFontaines are a breath of fresh air with their unique blend of rock and hip hop. This has allowed them to gain fans from all across the spectrum and they’ve supported fellow Scots like Twin Atlantic, pop punks All Time Low and rapper Tinchy Stryder.
Upon returning from Download Festival, vocalist Kerr Okan told us how much it meant to sell out the Barrowlands and why he’s never been to one very popular noodle restaurant.
How are you feeling about playing the first ever TRNSMT festival?
Pretty hyped! It’s always great to be part of something new and exciting, and with such a strong lineup, you can tell it’s going to be special. With the absence of TITP this year, Scotland’s been crying out for a premier festival – hopefully TRNSMT will fit the bill
Who are you most excited to see?
Obviously the likes of Radiohead and Biffy will be class, but I reckon I’ll spend most of my time at the King Tuts stage. Having seen bands like The Amazons and Clean Cut Kid live recently, I’d urge anybody with a ticket to go and spend some time there over the weekend.
What’s your favourite thing about Glasgow?
The people. There’s a reason we are loved all over the world, and it’s not just because we like a drink. Best atmosphere, best folk, best patter.
What’s the best Glasgow venue you’ve played in or best gig you’ve done here?
The Barras, hands down the best venue in the UK! Selling that place out on our last headline run was the pivotal moment of our debut album for me. It validated everything we had been building up to over the years as a band. Going from King Tuts to Classic Grand, to selling out the ABC then finally the Barrowlands was something special.
Where’s your favourite place in town to party?
Finnieston. The less said about where we party, the better I think…
Which is your favourite track to play live?
At the moment it’s probably the track that we open with ‘Slow Elvis’. As soon as the bass starts to drive on that song, it suddenly feels like it’s gig time for me. Although having just wrapped up recording on our second album – I think it will be replaced pretty soon.
What are The LaFontaines’ plans for the rest of the year?
Put out this next record, then tour until the wheels fall off! Timelines and shit are still up in the air as to when it will be dropping, but without a shadow of a doubt, it will be out this year.
What was the first festival you went to as a punter?
T In The Park. Heading to that as a punter, to eventually opening the main stage on its first year at Strathallan was total class.
Tell us something people may not know about you?
I’ve never been to Wagamama, I don’t really know why. Just looked it up there to make sure I had spelled it properly, and I think it’s the sign that puts me off. Just looks boring AF (as the kids say).
Why should people go see you at TRNSMT?
Genuinely, and I feel pretty confident in saying this, we are fuckin unbelievable.
The LaFontaines play the King Tut’s stage at TRNSMT on Saturday 8th July. Tickets are available now.