“We did our very best to explain what koozies were to as many people as possible,” jokes SEAN HUBER.
Formed with Steady Hands bandmate WILL LINDSAY, Vicky Speedboat are a two-piece full of riffs, raspy vocals and catchy lyrics. Having toured with Modern Baseball in August last year, which “was a blast,” the band are no strangers to the UK.
“We love the UK so much – it actually had a huge part in us starting this band,” emphasises Sean before explaining “you can travel only an hour or so and the culture has completely changed.
“There’s something that just feels so familiar when we spend time there. Even though we are across an ocean, each city feels so local!”
Being a Philadelphia based band, the short drives between cities in the UK are a blessing for any band touring this side of the pond – something Vicky Speedboat are planning to do over April and May.
They are not just coming here on business, though. “We’ve got a lot of friends to see and Wetherspoons to hit.
“Will and I are both desperate travellers, and its crazy how the UK makes touring the States feel like you are crossing an entire globe!”
Their tour, which kicks off at Glasgow’s Bloc on April 27 and end at London’s Old Blue Last on May 7 will provide Sean with ample time to enjoy his favourite things in the UK while here.
“Volvic, Wetherspoons, Primark, M&S, The Fighting Cocks, Le Pub, Brew Dog Punk IPA and Desperados” are all the highlights of a trip from Philadelphia, however; it is not all plain sailing!
Jokingly, he explains: “Unfortunately we are yet to find Hamm’s in the UK, so a case of Heineken and some big ass Volvic is all you really need!” A man of simple pleasure, truly. This helps the UK have a “rusty charm that makes it still feel like Philly.”
With only one EP, TWO YEARS NO BASEMENT, out so far, it will be exciting to see what Vicky Speedboat bring to the live shows next month. “We are writing new music right now,” he adds reassuringly.
“Will and I are already so familiar with each other’s style and musical brains, so it is nice to be able to have an open collaboration when writing Vicky Speedboat songs.
“It is an awesome dynamic and we make choices that we may have otherwise strayed from in our other projects.”
A couple of said live shows will be performances at Newcastle’s Hit The North Festival – a city Sean admires. Calling it: “One of the coolest looking places in the UK,” he is “stoked to go back.
“Hit The North is shaping up to be an amazing festival and we are so excited to get to play with a lot of different bands on that bill.”
If you are still wondering what a koozie is, by the way, it is a fabric or foam sleeve that is designed to thermally insulate a beverage container. If you take anything away from this interview – take that information and the knowledge of Sean Huber from Vicky Speedboat finds “pulling double duty on drums” fun.
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