Like Pacific hail from Toronto, Canada and the pop-punkers have been building a name for themselves since 2010 by developing their own unique sound within the genre. Last year the band released a new album called Distant Like You Asked after embarking on a huge US tour with State Champs, Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck. It wasn’t until the later end of 2016 that the band made it onto our shores but soon after their first shows they were added to the ever growing Slamdunk Festival lineup.
Having never played – or attended – the festival before we had a quick chat with bassist Chris Thaung to discuss expectations and what bands’ they’re looking forward to catching.
Mosh: There’s only about 2 months’ to go until Slamdunk Festival, how are you preparing for the festival?
Chris: Well we’ve been on tour with Senses Fail for the past 3 weeks and we still have another 3 weeks to go, along with a week or so of dates with Good Charlotte earlier in May. I think we’ll be nice and warmed up for the UK by then.
Mosh:As it’s your first time playing how excited are you to play?
C: We are very excited to play! Slam Dunk is like the Warped Tour of the UK, it’s the premiere festival for bands of our genre. Extremely stoked to be part of this.
Mosh:Do you have any expectations of the festival int he lead up to the weekend?
C: Expecting nothing but a good time off and on stage. The lineup is great, a lot of friends and bands we all love on the bill this year.
Mosh:What does it mean to you to be asked to play Slamdunk?
C: Honoured. We came to the UK for the first time as a band this past November and a day after the Leeds show we were offered a spot on Slam Dunk. It means a lot that the festival organizers saw potential in us at such a small show and would like to showcase us on a grander stage like Slam Dunk.
Mosh:The festival has come a long way since it’s inception just over a decade ago, does the festival have any special meaning to you as a band?
C: From what I’ve seen over the years, it seems like Slam Dunk is one of the higher profile festivals in the U.K. so it’s a very great feeling being on this year’s bill.
Mosh:Did you ever go to Slamdunk as a punter?
C: Never, we’re all Canadian haha.
Mosh:Are there any other bands you’re excited to check out over the weekend?
C: The Movielife, they’re one of those bands I’ve listened to a tonne as a kid. Stoked to be on the same bill as them and finally actually see them live.
Mosh:Are you planning anything special for the festival?
C: Too early to tell, but it’d be rad having a special guest vocal from one of our buddy bands on the bill. Maybe Boston Manor or even Neck Deep 😉