The Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour in association with DIY returns this autumn, set to lay waste to cities up and down the country. Last year saw Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis, Spector, Gnarwolves and more taking over some of the UK’s best venues for the sweaty, raucous, super-intimate gigs – and 2014’s leg is similarly not to be missed.
“This year we have been playing some pretty big stages which is always great,” enthuses Eagulls’ vocalist George Mitchell, “but it’s still the small intimate venues that we love the most as that’s where we first started out. Having the crowd intertwined with the band will always create movement, and when there’s movement there’s energy.”
The Leeds fivesome will be headlining the Cardiff date of the tour, and they’re looking forward to bringing their self-titled debut album to the lucky few who’ll see them there. “It’s the crowds’ reactions to the music each night that keeps us going and staying alive,” George explains.
Over in Newcastle meanwhile, Aussies Tonight Alive are making an appearance during a short visit to our shores. “There’s something so special that happens when people cram into a room together for the same thing,” agrees frontwoman Jenna McDougall. They’re currently “home for a couple of months, writing the new album,” following stints on the road with Taking Back Sunday and The Used.
Live circuit veterans Funeral For A Friend will be rocking up for the northernmost date on the tour, in Edinburgh. “I love the closeness, the feeling of being right there in the thick of it with everyone,” frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye discloses. “Seeing people singing and dancing right there with you, losing themselves in the moment… that’s what it’s really about.”
Longtime DIY favourites Los Campesinos! will pack out the tiny confines of our Birmingham stop. “With the show coming shortly after festival season, it’ll be a really nice move from big outdoor audiences to a sweaty, indoor club vibe,” Gareth Campesinos! says of the date, which follows their sets at Truck and Festival No. 6, amongst others.
“They are different sort of thrills,” he continues, “playing to massive crowds and to intimate, whites-of-your-eyes style audiences, and if I had to pick, I’d go for the latter. When you’re practically chest to chest with your audience, you can form a real connection that’s so much harder to replicate with a barrier between you.”
The Liverpool leg will be headlined by We Are The Ocean, who have “spent a lot of time writing and crafting new sounds” of late. “I’m really looking forward to playing the show,” explains the band’s Liam Cromby. “Small intimate shows are some of my favourite to play just because it’s just you and the fans, no flashing lights or giant banners just the music.”
But that’s not all: a sixth date will take place in London with a very special yet to be revealed headliner. There will also be a slew of support bands revealed over the coming months. Keep an eye on diymag.com and drmartens.com/standforsomethingtour for all the details.
The dates are:
04 Funeral For A Friend: Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
11 Eagulls: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
25 We Are The Ocean: The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
22 Los Campesinos!: The Flapper, Birmingham
06 Tonight Alive: Cluny 2, Newcastle