Warped Interview Series: Culture Shock with The Gospel Youth
Weather, Beer, and Bathrooms all surprisingly weird
Since 1995, Warped Tour has been the must go to festival of the summer. One of the coolest things about this summer-long event is those few precious minutes where we are able to catch a quick word with the musicians who make the tour worth seeing. Follow along with S16’s Warped Tour rep Cindy McBride as she tells the tales of bands like GWAR, Alestorm, Fit For A King, and more! Today’s Warped Tour interview is with UK’s The Gospel Youth.
Accents. We all have them, but it’s not until we hear someone else’s that we truly appreciate them. Being a girl from the US, I personally have a thing for English, and Scottish accents (which is kinda weird because Culloden). To my delight, I had the pleasure of interviewing not one, but three men with English accents while I covered Vans Warped Tour. Meet: The Gospel Youth. This was the group’s first time over in the states and the culture shock was unnerving for them but quite comical for me.
“The weirdest thing we have experienced is the lack of privacy in bathrooms. Back home the stall walls and doors go almost completely to the ground. Here though, there is this huge gap between the walls and the floor. There’s nothing more awkward than taking care of business and a then having a three-year-old looking at you from under the door,” drummer Kurtis Maiden laughed.
We conducted our interview under one of the various tents placed out along the backstage area, and even though there was a great bit of shade, the guys in The Gospel Youth were still miserable even in their tank tops and shorts.
“The weather here isn’t anything like back home. If we were shorts there, we have them on for a few hours then back into pants we go,” guitarist Kevin Deverick informed Shutter 16 as he adjusted his chair to get back under the shade of the tent.
“Playing Warped Tour is definitely our biggest rock star experience. This is our first time doing anything like this and although it’s hectic, it’s completely amazing. We drive a van instead of a bus, probably the best part of the tour so far happened last night where we were able to sleep on a bus instead of the van.”
When learning about music, people either teach themselves or attend some kind of school. Deverick attended the British and Irish Modern Music Institute located in Brighton UK, while another member went to university, didn’t like being told what to do, and quit.
True life: “I’m not even attending and I’m still paying it off.”
With having to drive their own van, the guys in The Gospel Youth don’t get to experience the numerous beers and adult beverages that the states have to offer.
“We did get to try one toward the beginning of the tour and it was awful,” the group laughed as they remembered that horrible beer.
Like several other bands we had the chance to interview on Warped, The Gospel Youth was more than willing to do a quick sketch for one of their lucky fans to win. Deverick took the piece first and drew the top part of the sketch, which he folded over and handed to Julian Bowen, and he drew the middle of our mysterious monster. Maiden finished off our creation with several tentacles and told me to name the creature. Thus Dr. Squiggles was born!
The Gospel Youth released their debut album Always Lose on July 14th on Rise Records while the group was playing Warped Tour. The ten-track album is a joy to listen too, with my personal favorite track being one of their singles “Moods Like English Weather.” Always Lose is available on Spotify, as well as iTunes, and Google Play. If you would like to be entered in the drawing to win Dr. Squiggles all you have to do is retweet this article to be entered! Good luck!
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