“I’m never worried about Europe, I’m usually more worried about the UK.”
We managed to have a brief chat with Matt Rogers, the guitarist from Deez Nuts before their show at the O2 Islington Academy. Matt spoke about the current tour and the relationship Deez Nuts have with Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid. We also touch what to expect with the new album and the plans the band have for the rest of the year.
Broken Arrow: How has the tour been so far?
Matt: Yeah, it’s been fun so far man, really good shows all round.
Broken Arrow: Have you had a chance to explore London?
Matt: Yeah, we’ve been out, I went out to get food that I like. Today I went to Chipotle. I haven’t been home in like three months so I’m like “Fuck this, I’m going to Chipotle.”
Broken Arrow: Do you like to go around Camden at all?
Matt: I love that Camden, I haven’t been there in about a year or so but I love going around there. I love London in general.
Broken Arrow: It’s a pretty hefty lineup, have you toured with any of these bands before?
Matt: Well, we’ve toured with comeback kid in most places, Australia, Europe, Canada, America. Same with First Blood too. In fact, most of those tours have probably been all three of us together. And Andrew from Comeback Kid produces our records, so we have a lot of history with them. Andrew is like the fifth member of Deez Nuts, he’s one of my best friends.
Broken Arrow: Do you get to hang with guys while on tour?
Matt: yeah pretty much we hang out all day, some of them are in our room right now. We’re very close, we bullshit, go eat, just chill out.
Broken Arrow: Who’s been putting on the best sets each night?
Matt: Deez Nuts! No, I’m kidding. It depends on the night! Some nights its Comeback Kid, some nights its First Blood or Hellions
Where has been the best place you’ve been on this tour so far?
Matt: Probably Karlsruhe in Germany, all the German shows are always off the hook for us. I think the best one is still to come and that’s Hamburg. It’s sold out and we usually have fucking wild shows there. I’m never worried about Europe, I’m usually more worried about the UK.
Broken Arrow: Do you follow much of the scene over here?
Matt: Yeah man, I really like that band Grove Street Families. I love other bands like Lower Than Atlantis and Deaf Havana, those are my boys too, they are on a bigger scale though. We have a lot of history with other UK bands like Architects and Bring Me The Horizon. We’ve toured all over the world with them and Horizon gave us a big start, they kept bringing us on tours, they’ve helped us more than most bands.
“There’s like some bouncy songs, but there is no fun stuff lyrically”
Broken Arrow: What can we expect from the new album?
Matt: It’s heavy as fuck, no party songs.
Broken Arrow: It seems like you have gone a lot darker over the last couple of albums
Matt: yeah, so it’s like the jump between ‘Bout It!’ and ‘Word Is Bond’, not it’s a bigger jump between ‘Word Is Bond’ and ‘Binge & Purgatory’
Broken Arrow: Is there a reason for this?
Matt: It’s because we’re getting older and we wanna write shit that’s punk-rock as fuck.
Broken Arrow: Is there a mixture of the fun and dark atmosphere?
Matt: There’s like some bouncy songs, but there is no fun stuff lyrically. Maybe there is like one song that could fit on the last record, everything else? No way.
Broken Arrow: How have the setlists been for this tour, are there many new tracks?
Matt: We’ve been playing three new they’ve been received ok. Obviously only one of them has been released, so with the other two, I can’t really say, “oh it’s been the best”, but I can see kids bobbing their heads and shit, so that’s cool. We’re just trying to get some new material in people’s heads before the record comes out. I think people will dig the rest of the material.
Broken Arrow: This seems to be a very extensive tour, you are doing Russia soon too aren’t you?
Matt: Yeah, we’re headed out there directly after the mainland Europe shows. I love the shows over there, there always seems to be packed venues in Russia, like the shows are almost always sold out
Broken Arrow: Where do you plan to after Europe and Russia?
Matt: We’re planned out until the end of the year. We’ll be back out in Europ again twice, back in the summer and back in November for a tour I can’t say just yet. We have Australia in April, Canada in May, hopefully South America in August and some festival runs in July.
Broken Arrow: Do you have any last words for fans?
Matt: I just want to thank all the fans for letting us be in our 30s and still playing music, you know, doing it for a living. We couldn’t do it without them.
Check out the video for ‘Binge/Purgatory’
‘Binge & Purgatory’ is out on April 17th on Century Media Records
Check out our review of the Deez Nuts show at the O2 Islington Academy here