Interview: Frank Carter of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Known for being one of the most intense and energetic live performers in modern music, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will be returning to Australia in February 2018 for 5 intimate dates that you won't want to miss. Having spent over a decade honing his craft, Frank Carter has solidified himself as one of the most exciting and mesmerising front men in the punk rock scene today. Joining this incredible tour will be none other than the mighty Cancer Bats! Fueled by a burning desire to rage harder, play louder and have more fun than any other band, These will be frenzied, chest-beating live shows absolutely not to be missed. We spoke with Frank over the phone to check in on how much he's looking forward to playing here again and a few other topics.

Hey there Frank, thanks for chatting with us today, we really appreciate it. The tour is about to kick off next month here in Australia, are you excited to get back here for some shows with Cancer Bats?

I cannot wait man. Obviously I've known Cancer Bats for about 10 years, we go way back and we've got a really good relationship with those guys, they're fun dudes, really fun to be around. So, I'm just excited to be sharing the stage with them again, I can't wait, it's going to be chaos. It's good to be able to do that anywhere, but when you're in Australia it's really special because there's something about that place that feels like a home away from home for us. It's going to be madness, I'm actually a little worried come to think of it, we're going to have a lot of fun.

Do you have some good memories of the last time you played here?

Last time we were there we actually came and played a bunch of headline shows, about 6 of them I think? Probably a year ago now or a bit more, it was amazing, we sold out just about every gig we played. We played at The Reverence in Melbourne, then the Bald Faced Stag in Sydney and I can't remember the place we played in Brisbane but it was chaos, the Brisbane show might have been the most violent show we played on that tour. I ended up in the drums at the end of it, like in the actual drums with a hole in my head, I don't know how that happened but I walked off stage with blood pouring out of my head.

Is there anything in particular about playing in Australia that makes you extremely eager to get back and experience certain things?

I mean, the weather and the people absolutely. I'm desperate to get some sunshine in my life but also I've got a really good relationship with the fans in Australia, they're always really kind to us and they're always really positive and always up for having a good time. I think that's just so important, especially with what's going on in the world right now, it's really nice just to see people that are enjoying the good things in life, you know? I can't wait man.

You'll be here right in the middle of our summer so I think you'll definitely catch some sun and warm weather that's for sure.

Fuck yeah man, it better be.

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How's the reception been for the new album? Are you happy with the response it's gathered so far?

Completely. We never expect anything really, we just want to make good music for people and ourselves, but this time around it's been so overwhelmingly positive, it's been difficult to ignore. I feel extremely lucky to be in the position I am, I couldn't be happier with the band and the music that we're making. I never take anything for granted in my life anymore, and for whatever reason the new album has definitely resonated with a lot of people and that's been pretty amazing. Now I'm just desperate to play all the time, I just want to be playing live constantly, and I get that opportunity again soon which I am very excited about. We've had a couple of months off now so I can't wait to get back into it and for the mayhem to ensue.

Whether it was here in Australia or some other place, what's the most craziest thing you've experienced on stage?

I mean, I definitely believe that Brisbane show we played last time we were there was the most craziest and intense show I've ever played in my life. I don't know what happened, but you know when you get to a place and you think that the crowd is going to be decent and they look like they're going to have a good time. But then you stand up on the stage and there's a certain energy that you feel from the people in the crowd and everything just ramps up so quickly and things start to just get crazy. That show was definitely one of the wildest moments that I've experienced. I've played a lot of shows man, I've been on stage a lot and I've played a lot of shows in Australia as well over the years. I've played Soundwave, Taste Of Chaos, I've been there playing in other bands before and all of those shows actually were just so hectic. The last show we played of the last tour was in Sydney and it was in one of the hottest venues in the world, The Bald Faced Stag. They don't have air conditioning in that room, they've just got a few fans on the wall so it's like a brick building that only gets sun and it traps the heat, it was like being in an oven. The fans don't do shit, they just blow the hot air around, you're just melting and cooking at the same time, and I look down and just see like 500 people losing their fucking minds. I was thinking, we've been a band for a year and a half right, how did this happen?

Do you know who just played that venue as a part of their farewell tour? The Dillinger Escape Plan, can you even imagine?

Jesus fucking Christ! Are you for real? I actually can't imagine that. I'm almost certain some people probably lost their lives that night. That's mental.

I'll wrap it up by saying that we're very excited for Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes to return here next month, for those who haven't experienced a live show of yours, what can they expect on this tour?

Well if you're unsure about coming then don't fucking bother, you don't deserve it. At this point, if you're unsure about coming to one of the shows then I don't want you there, we've been putting out the highest level of output and energy for 10 years now, and the Rattlesnakes have been doing the same. You should know by now what to expect, and if you've never heard of my band before then I would describe it as the sonic equivalent to a punch in the face, but from your best mate, you know what I mean? That one you can kind of laugh off and punch him back, sometimes it's a literal punch in the face if you get too close (laughs) it depends. It's a lot of fun.

Tickets are available now via Destroy All Lines.

Written by Steve Jenkins

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