BlackWaters rocked the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival 2019.

Ahead of Reading Festival, Sheffield punk-rock band BlackWaters released new single ‘Long Way To The Sun’ following the success of their last single ‘I’m Not Your Man’ that came out earlier this year.

I chatted to Frontman Max Tanner, lead guitarist Dave Carpenter, bassist Ollie Franklin and Drummer James Watkins after their set on Friday.

How did you guys first meet?

D- We actually all met at college and kinda just formed the band from there really! We wanted to move out somewhere less shit so we moved to Sheffield which is dead cheap and has a really good music scene. 

Tell me about your new single ‘Long Way to the Sun’?

M- We just released it, I’m trying to think what our inspiration behind it was.

D- Oh I can answer that! I was listening to Fidlar and the riffs were really different and unique! I wanted to create something like that.

M- Yeah the riff actually comes out more grungey! A lot more of our other stuff is fast and this one has a totally different vibe to it

D- We’ve never really done that before so we found it very interesting 

Do you have a favourite track to perform at a festival?

D- It always changes for me! 

J- I do like performing ‘I’m not your man’… that’s a pretty sick song to do 

M- I like that and ‘Long Way to the Sun’

Have you had any embarrassing moments on stage?

M – On stage? We’ve all nearly fallen over multiple times

D- Oh I’ve done that loads of times

Sophie Bird backstage with BlackWaters at Reading Festival 2019

If you could party with any artist or band on the lineup, who would it be?

M- Fidlar

D- Fidlar, straight up 

You can catch BlackWaters on tour with Yonaka and The Libertines here:

NOVEMBER w/ Yonaka
8th Brighton, Concorde2
10th Bristol, SWX
11th Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
12th Oxford, 02 Academy
13th Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
15th Birmingham, 02 Institute
17th Newcastle, Riverside
18th Glasgow, The Garage
20th Sheffield, The Leadmill
21st Manchester, Academy
27th London, Electric Brixton

DECEMBER w/ The Libertines
3rd Bournemouth,  O2 Academy
4th Leeds,  O2 Academy
6th Dundee, Caird Hall
7th Glasgow,  Barrowland Ballroom
10th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
12th Nottingham, Rock City
14th Birmingham, O2 Academy
16th Bristol, O2 Academy
18th London, O2 Academy Brixton