Adam Flood on touring Remoulded

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean

Adam Flood is currently on his debut tour with his show Remoulded. The 2022 Bath Festival New Act of the Year, has been on the road since 10 February with shows in Bristol, London’s Soho Theatre, Glasgow and Edinburgh remaining. Expect high-energy tales from the Stoke-on-Trent native’s many lives, including being a 13-year-old ‘illicit entrepreneur’, indie band rockstar, and start-up kingpin, with plenty of surreal twists, vocal effects and songs from the (failed) musician. We caught up with Flood to find out more about the tour.

Q&A with Adam Flood

How does it feel to be on your first UK tour?

It feels exquisite. I roam from town to town sampling the various pollution levels and drinking in the differing water limescale levels. I am getting to know this quirky little Isle more intimately than I did and I love that. You’ve got to get round some of the local delicacies. In Stoke-on-Trent, my home town, I was getting my fill of the Staffordshire Oatcake. In Leicester I was fed a local jam donut vodka cocktail. I’m practically Rick Stein.

What can you tell us about Remoulded?

It’s a stand-up show about getting wrapped up in trouble as a youth in Stoke-on-Trent, and the following odyssey of reinvention. Indie bands, the class system, inner-city drudgery, county lines dealing, cooking with bay leafs, with tons of jokes, songs, sounds and vocal effects.

Has the show changed at all from the Edinburgh run?

It got WAY longer like 20 minutes longer, so then I’ve removed bits that don’t add to the feel of the whole show. There’s more room for the crowd to be involved too which is fun depending if the show isn’t full of maniacs.

Why didn’t the music career work out?

We didn’t persevere long enough – the last song we made was our best, called Top of Your Game and was about not giving up… Plus our name, Bleached Wail, sucked. We were on the cusp of finding our feet and we jacked it all in, plus I started going out with my band mate’s older sister, which wasn’t ideal for dynamics.

What can we expect from you next?

I’m working on a live electronic music and comedy mash up – like Boiler Room with fragments of comedy. The second stand-up show is coming along too. Right now, I think I might have joined a cult. So depending on how that goes, whether it’s a cult or fad, that’ll feature heavily in the new show. A comedy web series/ podcast with bands of the indie landfill era trying to get them back together. Right now it’s the last bits of my tour sampling the delicacies before I head to Australia for Melbourne and Brisbane festivals.

Adam Flood debut UK tour Remoulded, includes a run at London’s Soho Theatre from 11th to 13th March, as well as Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh.