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Their Reading Festival performance. Credit: Emer Scully.

Down-to-earth band joke about 5 fans and paying its audience

Up-and-coming self-described rock band The LaFontaines joked about their five fans and how they had ‘paid the right people to come and see us’ during their debut Reading Festival performance this afternoon (Sunday).

Despite the early set time, the band members were happy with the welcome they received from the festival crowd.

Frontman, Kerr Okan, told The Spark: “Everyone’s tired, hanging a bit. For them to show up as they did and be that active is fantastic. I constantly ask for the energy crew and they delivered.”

The band (from Glasgow, Scotland) spoke of how they found playing ‘south of the border.’

Kerr added, “It’s not that we find it hard to make the switch to England, but we’ve had bigger opportunities in Scotland.

“We’ve done bigger gigs up there, and we’re just trying to do the same here”.

Credit: Emer Scully

Speaking of English crowds compared to Scottish, they commented: “The fans that come to our shows let loose; they really go for it.

“I just feel like it is easier in Scotland: like you can go out in Scotland on a Tuesday night and play, and it would be mental.”

Kerr pointed out that English crowds are often soberer than those in Scotland, and without as much alcoholic fuel, perhaps a bit more boring.

He explained, “I think they just like that [pointing to a beer can] more. You guys are more responsible.”

Credit: Emer Scully

The LaFontaines have supported bands such as Twin Atlantic, All Time Low, and The Ting Tings.

When asked about their favourite tour, they said it was Watsky and Anderson Peak in 2014.

He claimed to have lent Anderson Paak €30 back before they had thousands of fans. He continued: “This guy Anderson Paak, we were sitting in Berlin, I remember, about two years ago now, and he was asking if I had €30 I could lend him.

“Six months later he’s signed to Dr Dre’s label, doing songs with Bruno Mars; it was just crazy how things can change like that.”

Speaking of their style, Kerr explained that even though the band has been described as ‘a unique blend of hip-hop, rock a pop. In fact, they are a rock band, plain and simple.

He said: “We’ve been described as Scottish and kind of hip hop, and rock, but it sounds terrible.

“It sounds like a dodgy limp Bizkit, like we’re Linkin Park or something, and it’s actually nothing like that.

“I just now say it’s a rock band, and it’s good music. We are just a rock band but we happen to talk fast on it.”

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