So, a couple of weeks ago I had the chance to ask a few questions to Jono and Joe from Blitz Kids. Here’s what they said …
Why are you guys named Blitz Kids?
JONO: We were talking about our favourite biscuits over a few ales in the pub, and Joe mispronounced the word and said ‘blitzcuits’ instead. We all looked at each other and said ‘NEW BAND NAME’ at the same time. It was written in the stars.
JOE:My grandad was in a gang called blitz kids back in world war 2 when the Germans were bombing us.
If you would have to describe your music in one word, what would that be?
You’ve toured with Mayday Parade, We The Kings and Tonight Alive. What was it like?
JONO: Touring with other bands is a fun thing to do and often we enjoy it quite a lot.
JOE: It was great, we relish the oppurtunity to play to as many people as possible and to spread our music as far and wide as we can.
Is there any of them you would share the stage with again?
JONO: Every single one of them. At the same time. In some sort of hybrid supergroup called We The Kids Parade Tonight.
JOE: All of them if they’d have us. I’d have to say we had the most in common with tonight alive as we’re both animals for the game and by that I mean we like to party.
Speaking now about your music, you’ve released two albums Scavangers and Vagrants & Vagabonds, what’s the major difference between them?
JONO: Scavengers was an EP. So it has less songs. V&V was recorded in 48 hours so it’s a lot more rough around the edges.
JOE: We’ve also released an EP called ‘Never Die’ that’s a lot better than both those records. We we’re a completely different band back then. Toddlers learning to walk.
Your single “Run For Cover”, why have you chosen this track as official single off the album?
JONO: We picked songs out of a hat. This came out second, so we released it as our second single.
JOE: Picking singles is always difficult, but this one just stood out as a really ballsy rock song. It’s got a lot of punch and is sonically aggresive. We’re trying to get your attention.
You’ve supported Mallory Knox in the UK, would you like to do a track together? (Fan Question)
JONO: I don’t really see the point in collaborations unless the artists are from completely different genres.
JOE: That could be fun. We’re talking about something along those lines with a few other bands so keep your ears peeled.
Is there any British band you would like to go on tour with? (Fan Question)
JONO: Loads. Deaf Havana, You Me At Six, Young Guns. Going out with our mates is always great fun.
JOE: Yes. Young Guns. We played a couple shows in Ireland with them and we have a sick time. It wasn’t long enough. We both share a passion for 80’s classics and jägerbombs
What do you think about the relationship between social networks and bands to promote their music? (Fan Question)
JONO: Unless you have the best marketing team on the face of the planet, and the music to back it up with, you need to be active on social media.
JOE: It’s a vital relationship in this day and age but one that has to be respected and used wisely. Over exposing yourself is the danger. Everybody needs to know when you’re announcing a tour. Nobody needs to know when you’re having a poo.
What do you guys do when you’re not on tour? (Fan Question)
JONO: Sit in the pub and watch football.
JOE: I try and stay as active as possibly creatively be it writing, drawing or just practising singing at home. It’s really the only thing I enjoy doing.