You’re fresh off a sold-out club tour and already on a big festival tour. Do you approach the shows differently when you perform at festivals?
Elijah: I think you have to approach it differently because it isn’t your audience. You’re essentially playing to half an audience that hasn’t heard of you before, so you kind of have a mission statement to win them over as best as you can. We still perform our own songs and don’t do any covers.
Ryan: We work with a setlist so we wouldn’t get on stage to perform songs—let’s be honest—that no one has ever heard off except a few of our really die-hard fans. In terms of performance, I’d like to say that we don’t change it too much. We try to treat people as if they’re at an Inhaler show.
Robert: I definitely go harder at festivals for the same point: you really want to impress people. If you see people in the back with their arms folded, they kind of motivate you to push a bit further.
You’re very popular in Belgium. Do you have a special connection with the country, or how would you explain your popularity here?
Elijah: I think they just have good taste in music here.
Robert: We love performing in this country, but it feels like the connection happened out of nowhere. One of our first shows was here, and it was one of the biggest shows we ever played at the time. Maybe Irish and Belgian people are quite alike so that’s maybe also one of the reasons.
Josh: There’s just great music and food here. The waffles!