Brandishing an unholy collision of grunge riffs and britpop sonics, Otherkin are in the midst of a mammoth European tour. We grabbed them for a few quick questions while they were held up trying to cross the Serbian border.

It’s fair to describe your autumn / winter tour as ‘substantial’. How’s it going, and have you developed any particular strategies to deal with living in each other’s pockets the whole time?

It’s been going great, we’ve been blown away by the response and we just want to keep bringing the party around Europe! There have definitely been moments when we’ve wanted to bite each other’s heads off, but everyone in the crew is like a brother so this is to be expected! We’re having a blast, it’s been the best time and we’re all looking out for each other.

Was it a conscious decision to tour forever, or is it something that’s happened by accident?

Haha, we just want to bring the OTHERKIN party everywhere we can! Tour has been insane and we never want it to end.

Obviously there are a tonne of world beating acts that have come out of Ireland, but I often wonder how easy it is to establish yourself internationally as an irish act? Do you feel like it has ever helped or hindered you?
Being an Irish band definitely has positive and negative aspects. Obviously it’s difficult to play outside of the island, and we don’t have the population to support being an act solely in the country. But at the same time most people around the world love the Irish, so once you begin to break out of the country you’ve got that natural advantage!

How does it feel to have your first full length out in the world

It’s an amazing feeling, ‘OK’ is exactly what we wanted as our debut release. It’s full of energy and reflects the energy of our live show. It’s a really nice feeling being able to bring it all across Europe now and see fans singing back the words to every song in our set.

If you had to compare it to your earlier Eps, aside from ‘longer’, how would you say it had progressed?

Firstly, we honed in our sound and owned it. Secondly, we wanted to explore some heavier sounds and grooves, you can hear this in songs like ‘Enabler’ and ‘So So’. Lastly, the sound is more raw, we recorded a lot of the album live to capture the energy of our live shows. This is something that wasn’t always evident in previous recordings.

Have you had any experience of playing Leicester previously? Any good stories?

The first show we played in Leicester was with our good pals The Amazons, it was a sick show. The Cookie turned into a sauna by the time we got half way through our set. Good times!

Otherkin are at The Cookie on 5th December. Tickets are available here.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester’s creative community for over a decade – promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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