The La Fontaines - Kerr Okan, John Gerard - interviewed backstage at Reading Festival by James Coplin & Spencer McCrory on 26th August 2017.
With 2015’s debut album Class charting in the UK Top 100 and Scottish Top 10, reaching number one in the UK Indie Breakers chart, and receiving over three million plays on Spotify, The LaFontaines are ready to top that success with the seething power of their second album Common Problem, out on 27th October 2017 via A Wolf At Your Door Records.
The album provides an intense and relatable social commentary. A brutally honest outpouring of angst, Common Problem is a raging reflection on the state of the world today.
"Common Problem is a much darker record than our debut release,” says front-man Kerr Okan. "We’re not as young and naive as we were in our early twenties. We’ve been around the world as a band, seen a lot of things and discovered our one big Common Problem… There is a lot of angst, truth and reality held within this album.”
With the help of producer Joe Cross (The Courteeners), the album’s sound is as sharp as the lyrical content, packed with explosive riffs and electronic hooks that race alongside Okan's gritty, pointed Scottish drawl. Common Problem combines an eclectic mix of influences, but at their core The LaFontaines are a real rock band, and a genuine force to be reckoned with.
Having built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting live bands, The LaFontaines have sold out headline shows at Glasgow’s Barrowlands and ABC, played London’s Koko and the main stage at T In The Park. This year alone, they have impressed the crowds at The Great Escape, TRNSMT and Download Festival with the relentless energy of their live set.
Catch The LaFontaines live at the following dates across the UK:
UK Headline Tour
13th November 2017 - Lending Room, Leeds - Tickets 14th November 2017 - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff - Tickets 15th November 2017 - Sound Control, Manchester - Tickets 16th November 2017 - MK11, Milton Keynes - Tickets 18th November 2017 - Barrowlands, Glasgow - Tickets 19th November 2017 - Northumbria Institute 2, Newcastle - Tickets 20th November 2017 - O2 Academy 3, Birmingham - Tickets 21st November 2017 - Boston Music Room, London - Tickets 22nd November 2017 - Leadmill, Sheffield - Tickets 23rd November 2017 - Rock City, Nottingham - Tickets
Common Problem, the forthcoming album from The LaFontaines, is out 27th October via A Wolf At Your Door Records.