Earlier this year, Whitburn’s The Snuts became the first Scottish band to achieve a number 1 album in 14 years as they took part in a very close chart battle with American pop giant Demi Lovato. The odds for ‘W.L’ were vastly out of their favour, until they began to receive incredible support from all over the UK. Over the course of the week, number 1 became less of a pipe dream and more a possibility, as their campaign snowballed into a national statement of intent to see a four-piece guitar band reach the heights of chart success, which is largely saturated by major pop artists with endless promotional budgets.
We caught up with Jack and Callum of The Snuts at Leeds Festival as they came off of their Saturday mainstage slot, which was one of their first live performances since not only the lifting of event restrictions, but also since the album was released.
So Reading & Leeds MainStage. How’s that for a milestone?
For sure, it’s always something. The first time we came to play Leeds we played the BBC Introducing Stage and that was as much as a big deal as today is. Seeing people down here connecting with our music is truly beautiful for us.
It’ll have been one of the first chances for fans to have seen the album ‘W.L’ in the flesh too. So how did it feel to properly celebrate it?
So special. Having that record done for so long and being actually able to now share it with our fans feels fucking amazing.
Those 4-5 months have been long enough for them to digest it for themselves, so they’re feeling every song and singing every word back, and you just can’t account for that time. It’s just so fucking special hearing that back from a crowd, especially at a festival.
There were a lot of Scotland flags in the crowd too.
It’s all English guys as well! *laughing*
I imagine that you are still riding high from the number one album?
It was one of those things. It was something we always aimed towards since we were kids, we always wanted it but it was never something that we felt would change our lives or cement us, it was more a personal achievement. For us, it’s about taking risks and continuing to adapt our music and keep connecting with people. I don’t think any kinda accolade does that the same way coming out and playing live does, or saying things that people wanna hear. That’s way more important to us.
What a humble sentence that fucking was. *laughing*
During the pandemic you were up and out of the house for a walk at 6AM every morning, which is when a lot of the album was written.
Certainly, when the pandemic hit we got a few songs because we were like forced to write. That comfort of being able to play live, being in the studio jamming with friends and making music, was taken away. So a lot of artists were looking at their songwriting and how they could adapt it, trying to make sure it stayed genuine and not kinda too heavily based with what was going on with the pandemic.
I don’t think a pandemic is a particularly nice thing to write about. But along the way there was a few moments of beauty musically that we managed to take from the lockdowns.
You’ve a tour coming up haven’t you?
Yeah man. We’ve been trying to squeeze like two years worth of gigs into like four months because theres been a lot of rescheduling. You know we never really experienced progressing through venues. We thought one was a three hundred cap, and it’s been upgraded to a 1500 cap when it’s rescheduled.
It is so great to be back out again, it’s like a baptism of fire. It’s like starting again.
For a second you forget why you do it, till you’re out there and remember what it felt like. So it’s nice to get back out there to do these venues and festivals. We’re coming back to Leeds and doing a bigger stage than we played before and thats what its all about. The more people involved, the better.
Are you sticking around for the rest of the festival?
We’re playing Victorious Festival in Portsmouth so we’re headed down there.
That’s quite a drive then.
Everywhere’s a big fucking drive man.*laughing* This weekend we’re going from Glasgow to Reading to Leeds then to Portsmouth!
Then we’re supporting our homeboy Lou Tomlinson on Tuesday.
Big up our man Louie T! We would fight and die for Louie T. He is one of the sole reasons that we got a number 1 album. He was tweeting out “Big up The Snuts” and shit, so we’re going to support him. He’s putting on a free festival with a few young bands on.
So you can’t put your feet up just yet!
Nah man, never.