The Subways can't pretend that they're happy every day on tour - 572233.info
From the left: Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper, Josh Morgan . despite the names – and Billy and Charlotte erm, 'no longer in a relationship'. Credit then to Charlotte Cooper, The Subways' bassist and vocalist, as well as Billy Lunn In , in the midst of writing their second album, cracks appeared in Cooper and Lunn's eight-year relationship, with the couple. Its most recent album was the first since lead singer Billy Lunn and bassist Charlotte Cooper ended their romantic relationship. Expect plenty of.
And in what they believe to be a first, if you pre-order in any format via PledgeMusic or iTunes, you receive six-track Part 1 as a download straight away. Our fans are the best. So how do they best sum up the new album? Is it frenetic in places? Or is there a new maturity to the band? All that, plus new recordings too. Does Billy remain as excitable as ever up on stage? Have you been proved wrong yet?
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Any sign of grey hairs yet? What made the band want to go down that road? Did they take something different from the individual experiences of working with each of those producers? A lot of what I learned in the live room was from Ian, a lot of what goes on in the control room was from Butch, and how I dealt with the structure of the songs and the album itself comes from Stephen.
Did the size of the schedule fill them with dread, or at least make them feel a little nervous?
We find that with only three of us, each part is essential. That always keeps us thinking, always keeps things exciting, and is way more punk that way too.
Minimal and powerful is our philosophy. Do the sibling and ex-partner links help or hinder? Which is really strange because they were the ones who notified us about it. So I think it was completely forgotten, which is ok. Now, why do you and your brother have different last names? Our parents divorced about 10 years ago and they never really told us about it until a couple of years ago when the band first started. When he died, it was probably one of the worst things that ever happened to me in my life.
I thought it would almost be true to take his name. It also adds to the mystery and the confusion of being in a rock band. No, our band started a few years after he actually died, so when we formed the band I just thought it would be a good idea.
It would be cool, like Freddie Mercury, to have a sort of a stage name. On your latest album you guys have a harder sound than your first record. Did that happen naturally or did you make a decision to progress the music that way? For us, it was really an organic thing. After we released our first album, Young For Eternity in that was in the UK, we released it in the US in we toured for about two and a half years after that. And when we were on tour we got to tour with bands like Oasis and we did an American tour with bands like Taking Back Sunday, and we played to these audiences, these really huge audiences.
When you think of how we wrote Young For Eternity before that, we were just playing these tiny little London venues. So when it came time for All of Nothing, we were on tour, these two and a half years of touring when we were just consistently writing.
We were finding time in sound check in these different venues and when we got to play these amazing venues. All of the songs that we were writing from then on just got heavier and heavier and more raucous and rambunctious. I think that played a big part in making the rock sound really, really huge.
Butch Vig produced our next record and we knew we had the right guy. The album was as big as we had always imagined it to be. Is America radio really that different than British radio? I think the American style of wide screen production is more suited to our style and our tastes, I guess.
What other differences have you noticed between America and the UK? I think in terms of touring, that the distances between each city and each venue in the UK is so minuscule compared to America.
That sort of freaked us out, but it made for a more interesting tour, I guess.
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I think one thing that really, really, really sort of surprised us when we got to America is that the audiences were just so rambunctious and energetic. Heckling, yelling and whooping and it was awesome!
We played this one show in North Carolina, in Chapel Hill and it was awesome. There were like twenty, thirty people in the audience and each and every person was throwing their hands in the air and screaming along to the songs. That sort of thing happens now in the UK, now that we play bigger gigs at 2, capacity venues and 3, capacity venues. But America is so huge that each state is basically like a new country. The reactions are different.
The weather and I guess their conditions, so that makes their reactions different like people in different countries are different. And we love that. Do you guys have plans to tour in America soon?
It was just a hard tour. We took a plane to New York and then with three hours of sleep hopped a train to Boston and got no sleep. But it was awesome. That would be amazing for us. You recently under went voice surgery. Has that been hard to get back into the touring schedule? Does that still give you problems or are you all-recovered? Have you had to change your lifestyle because of that? Everything is totally fine now.
I sing and I scream ten times better than I ever did before. I look back on it and it was a really, really tough time. The doctor said that I might never sing again if the recovery process goes awry. But it was totally cool. I guess, at the time, I was sort of psyched out and sort of stressed out.
Singing, and talking especially, is my favorite thing ever. We stayed positive and went into a local rehearsal studio and just jammed out for six hours a day perfecting all the songs that we had written on tour.
We got this opportunity to sort of sit back after this whirlwind tour and really look at these songs and concentrate on them. We got to figure out what sort of record we really wanted to make with All or Nothing. I got to say I feel like I was reborn. Before every show anyway, I always sit down with an acoustic guitar and warm up. But other warm ups too that Charlotte and I do.
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I think because we have more harmonies on the new record and we really need to go and rehearse them before we do them on stage. I guess just sitting down and sounding things out before the show really, really helps out. I hardly drink before any of the shows.
Maybe one or two beers if there is a day off. I really try to look after my voice.