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Interview with The Treatment (Download Festival)

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Interview with Matt jones and Swoggle by Mónica Castedo-López

The 19 and 20-year old English affair, have their music speak for itself and its brilliance is the reason of their success. A few hours before their first appearance at Download, I met up with the very chatty bassist Swoggle and singer Matt Jones to talk about the band’s achievements to date, their forthcoming headline European tour and the impressive invitation to play the US with KISS and Mötley Crüe, as well as to clear their manager’s role in the band. Nervous and excited on the sofas at the press centre, I found two different people from the confident and solid stage presence they display on every live show, but nonetheless a highly pleasurable, humble and honest pair.

You are such a young band, not only because The Treatment have only been around for a couple of years but also because you‘re now in your late teens/early twenties. Did you ever expect to be playing Download?

Swoggle: We are completely and utterly honoured to be here. It’s holy ground: so many of our heroes have played here, so to have been given the chance to do it is unbelievable.
Matt Jones: And we are ridiculously excited. We can’t wait to get onstage and have some fun.

When is the second album due to be released?

S: We don’t know. We’re just in the process of writing. Well, we’re always in the process of writing stuff. But the first record only came out in September, so we’re going to try and do as much promotion on that as possible and then probably next year release a new one.

An what better way of promoting it than going all the way to the States on tour with KISS and Mötley Crüe!

S: Exactly! It’s unbelievable! Again, we can’t wait to get there and do it. It’s such an exciting prospect.
MJ: We all sat so late at night just looking at the venues and imagining being there. For like five 19 and 20 year-old guys out of England, it’s just the most insane thing to even think about it.

How did that come about? I heard Nikki Sixx really likes your songs.

MJ: Yeah. Somehow, we don’t know how, he stumbled upon us.
S: Our theory is that, since Sixx A.M.’s album is called ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ and our album is called ‘This Might Hurt’, through a Google search or something he came across us and since then he’s been a massive supporter and promoter of us. We’re so lucky!
MJ: We’ve also got a very good team behind us. Our manager this side, Lauri, is always striving to get the absolute best for the band and our manager in America and our label as well are doing a very good job for us. We’re very fortunate.

Your manager Lauri Mansworth is your drummer Dhani’s dad. I really love your music and I’ve seen you live quite a few times, but I heard some people saying that it’s Lauri writing all the music. To be honest, I personally don’t really care because I can see that you live it, but how do you feel about those criticisms?

S: Well, it‘s silly because it‘s not true.
MJ: Lauri helps us out a great deal. He comes down to rehearsals with us, and he listens to the set. He is involved within the band in that sort of sense, because he’s been doing it for 30 years and it would be silly not to take his experience and his advice. With regards to the song writing, it’s nonsense. We all write together as a band. People can make their own minds and say what the want.
S: You are never going to be able to stop rumours like that because people either will believe them or they won’t. So, it’s up to them, really.

You are were you are now, playing Download and then the US, so maybe it’s more other bands that haven’t reached that far who are saying that.

S: Well, we do get a bit of jealousy towards us from other people.
MJ: But we don’t pay any attention to it.
S: And we’re not interested in any of that either. We are jut completely normal guys who’ve been very lucky to get in this situation and we’re incredibly grateful for the things that are happening to us.
S: It’s silly. We would never ever slate another band at all, even if we really don‘t like them. It’s just not very professional, but that’s the way it goes. Let people talk if they want to talk. At least they are talking about us, which is a good thing.

Did you expect at any point to be playing here? The album is being really well received. You played High Voltage last year. Things are happening so fast for you guys. How are you taking it?

S: It’s a whirlwind, but we just do what we do and we love it.
MJ: We don’t really think about it too much because if you start thinking about it, you can start getting nervous.
S: I think the important thing is to do every show as if it was the most important show, be it a club show where 50 people are there or opening for Steel Panther at the Brixton Academy. To be honest, all we want to do is enjoy it and have a laugh. We are always smiling and genuinely are so happy to be doing what we do.

Do you spend many hours rehearsing and getting ready for the shows?

S: Yes, every day because we all live together, and so it’s easy to get together. We record at home too, so every day we’re doing something musical. There’s not a day when we have a day off.
MJ: We always have our minds on the next show or the next thing that we are going to do. We like to get everything as prepared as possible.

Will the new album be in the same musical direction as your debut?

S: We’re not too sure yet because we’re still writing and experimenting with songs. So, we’ll see. Obviously we don’t want to lose touch with what we are but we don’t want to put out another album that is exactly the same as the last, because that is not moving forward.
MJ: We are excited about the ideas we have so far.
S: We like listening to the new songs or ideas and that is always a good sign. But it’s going to be a while before the next album.

Are you sticking around this weekend?

S: We’re sticking around for the rest of the day and we may come back tomorrow again if we’re free.
MJ: We’re off to Europe pretty soon after this to do some headline shows and we‘re very excited about this, which will the first time we headline outside of the UK.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

MJ: If you haven’t heard us or checked us out, search us on the Internet. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and everything.
S: Our Twitter is thetreatmentuk and our Facebook is TheTreatmentOfficial. Have a look at them, add us on them and get in contact with us. We’re very chatty on them, so if you want to say hi to us, do so and we’ll do our best to reply.

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