1.Cakes & Cookies
There are so many times people bring us cool shit like cakes or cookies with our names on or our album artwork. There’s a few girls, I think from Southampton, that always bring me gingerbread men because they know they’re my favorite, even if they do give them to me after the show once they’re melted and a pile of crumbs it’s still awesome. We recently went to Europe and one of the promoters mums had baked us a cake with our full album artwork hand drawn on the top on of it in icing, that was insane!
2. Giving us a place to stay
A lot of times in the beginning of the band, we wouldn’t have any money for hotels or accommodation for the night and often would just ask the crowd if anyone could hook us up with a place to stay. Often we’d end up with 2 or 3 options of different people’s
houses to stay at and it’s just amazing to receive that support when we really need it. On our first US tour we were out in Ohio with As It Is, we were sharing a van at the time and our van just broke down, 2 fans stepped in and took us into their homes for the best part of 3 days whilst our van was fixed, they’d make us food and gave us all beds and it was just awesome to not have to shell out loads of money on fixing the van and accommodation whilst it was being fixed.
It’s always awesome seeing fans cover our songs, knowing that they’ve taken the time to learn it, either on guitar or vocally. A lot of the time they end up showing us up and making the covers better than the original which is always nice to see. There’s been a few covers done just with vocals and piano and those are always awesome to see, it’s really interesting to see how people can change up our songs a bit.4. Flags
Over the past 2 years we’ve managed to tour quite a few different countries, luckily with mainland Europe just on our doorstep we’re able to go to a lot of cool places. I think one of the coolest things our fans do is bring a flag from their country with our name written on to the shows. We’ve started collecting them all and encouraging people to bring them to the shows. We’re starting to hang them up in our van and band practice room and its just awesome to see so many different fans from different countries.
There are probably a small group of around 30-50 real hardcore fans that come to as many gigs as physically possible on any given tour. It’s amazing to see kids come to 4 or 5 shows on a tour and come so far from home or spend 8/9 hours on public transport just to get to see another show on the same tour. We’ve got a few really close fans who now have been to over 15/20 shows and I think there’s even a few kids who’ve been to well over 30/40 shows which is amazing.
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