Good Things are coming Aussie music lovers. Yes the countdown is now on until the Good Things Festival hits Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. With a line-up containing bands like The Offsrping, Stonesour, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used and Dashboard Confessional to just name a few there is no surprise that music fans are getting excited. HEAVY Mag decided to see how pumped the bands are for the festival so we sat down and had a chat with Bert McCracken from The Used.
“I am so excited about being able to play at a festival without leaving my home country,” he says with a laugh. “It is like a stone’s throw from my house in Sydney. And it feels like such a long time since our last shows here. It is so cool, man, it is usually me to travel to the rest of the band. Touring is still so exciting for us but the one part of touring that gets under my skin just a bit is having to fly so far. And I hate having to complain about that because some people never even get to fly in their entire lives. But this time everbody else has to fly to me for a change. But coming to Australia is one of the best times that you can have with a band because it is summer time and there is amazing weather and everybody gets excited, Australians are beautiful people and it is a beautiful country. But you have this amazing festival with all these great bands including my favourite band and your favourite band – The Used.”
Now The Used are seven albums into a career that is nearing two decades McCracken admits that it is getting harder to pick set lists especially when they play at festivals are get that dreaded ‘shortened’ set. “We like to pay a lot of respect to where we came from with our past records,” he explains. “We never did like others day, you hear stories of band that don’t and that has never made any sense in my mind. Some of our older songs are still some of my favourite songs to play in the whole world, so yeah we like to celebrate every second of every year that we have been doing this. I think what makes a show really exciting is when you play songs that bring that kind of magic nostalgia back to people. Music is so powerful, it is like smell, it has that power to be able to take you back to a moment of time and then when you have a group of people all coming together and it is like a movement of spiritualism. That is our opportunity to feel that love and comradery in a way that you rarely get to on this planet… and that is such a beautiful situation.
You can hear all of our interview with The Used with our Spreaker player above. All the details of the Good Things Festival are below.