Young Guns Singer Gustav Wood on the UK Band’s Plans to Invade America
"What's great about being a band here in the U.K. is how small the country is in comparison to the States. Everything seems so much more connected here and you can get out and tour quite easily. It's actually not all that difficult to get something going here if you go out and tour," says Young Guns vocalist Gustav Wood.
The singer is on the phone with Noisecreep discussing the band's upcoming American debut tour opening for Seether. "America is obviously massive and the way rock radio is set up so differently, so it's daunting for a U.K. band to go play there for the first time, but we're thrilled! We're excited for the challenge."
Over the past few years, Wood -- who Kerrang! magazine recently named one of the "50 Greatest Rockstars In The World Today" -- and Young Guns have emerged as one of the U.K.'s brightest hopes for American domination. Their dynamic brand of alt-rock has clearly connected with a huge audience, finding the band playing to packed venues across Europe. They've even conquered the famed Reading Festival, where they performed as part of a lineup that included Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N' Roses and Modest Mouse.
Although they only recently signed a major record deal with the folks at Wind-up Records (Creed, Evanescence), Wood tells Noisecreep the band's grassroots approach has been paying off for the band this past year."Even though we hadn't played the States till this year, we've had a lot of people discover the band through Facebook and YouTube. I think social media has been huge for us in that way."
On Sept. 4, Wind-up Records will be releasing Bones, Young Guns' latest album, in the States. "Once we heard Bones and then saw Young Guns play live, we knew we had to bring this band to the U.S.," says Wind-Up CEO Edward Vetri. "They've built a very passionate fan base across the U.K. and we look forward to amplifying their success on this side of the pond."
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"I've always dreamed about releasing a record in America and getting to tour here. I'm honored that Wind-up believes in us and our music. We hope everyone gives Bones a chance there and comes out to the shows," Wood tells Noisecreep. We have a feeling they will, Gustav.
9/14/2012 Fri Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO
9/15/2012 Sat House of Blues – Chicago, IL
9/16/2012 Sun Montgomery County Fairgrounds - Dayton, OH (WXEG Xfest 2012)
9/18/2012 Tue Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY
9/20/2012 Thu House of Blues - Boston – Boston, MA
9/21/2012 Fri Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
9/22/2012 Sat Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2012 Sun The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
9/25/2012 Tue Jannus Live! - St. Petersburg, FL
9/27/2012 Thu Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
9/28/2012 Fri Pop's- Sauget – Sauget, IL
9/29/2012 Sat Diamond Ballroom (OK City) - Oklahoma City, OK
10/1/2012 Mon The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
10/2/2012 Tue The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
10/3/2012 Wed Modesto Centre Plaza – Modesto, CA