Punching words of unapologetic lyrics and ruthless guitar-laden imprints; The LaFontaines cite a mixed-genre sound with no label attached.
They do as they please, wear their hearts on sleeves and take hits at Gary Barlow (featured only in one track Slow Elvis, so far.) Dual vocals swerve round different subjects – paranoia, heartache, regret and desolation to name a few.
As their headline set on the King Tuts Stage (Saturday) approaches, we spoke to Kerr of The LaFontaines to talk Don LaFontaine, festival tips and what’s coming up in 2017.
For someone just discovering you guys, how would you sum up your sound for them?
I wouldn’t even try to describe our music to someone, if I did, I just know it would be the worst! But I’d maybe say we’re a good band that make music that is very different and engaging.
Where did the name, The LaFontaines, come from?
I was looking for a name and just happened to be watching a YouTube video with an ad that had this voice over and the guy that did the voiceover was called Don LaFontaine. So, we found his email address and emailed him basically saying ‘we think you’re a ledgend, can we use you name for our band?’
We didn’t expect a reply because he’s a Hollywood Star and all that, but he said he’d blown away if that was the case! So we took his name on and then I asked him if he would do a wee script to play at the start of our songs and he said to give him a few weeks and it’ll be done. But a few weeks later, a notification popped up saying Don Lafontaine had died of a throat infection! So effectively we are just a tribute act.
Best and worst nickname you’ve ever had?
I don’t really have a nickname, I wish I did though, I’ll take yours, just call me Barry!
What was the first record you ever bought?
The first record I ever bought was All Saints – Pure Shores; that was a tune!
The last song you were listening to?
It was May I Have This Dance by Francis & The Lights.
What excites you most about TRNSMT Festival?
The fact it has no vowels in its name!
Best and worst festival tips you’ve ever been given/and or told?
Best tip is to take a dioralyte beforehand, keeps you in good health ha! Worst tip would be that you don’t need wellies – you definitely need wellies.
Top 3 moments you’re still to tick off the bucket list?
I wanna play Jools Holland, I wanna play Glastonbury and I’d like to fly.
Your ultimate guilty pleasure?
I think it’s Nickelblack, yeah I’m gonna say Nickelblack.
What’s up next?
We’re headlining the King Tuts Stage at TRNSMT, we have an album coming out this year, a couple singles before that, Reading and Leeds and just touring really, before the wheels come off!