NEWS: Tinchy Stryder To Support Cheryl On Tour

Cheryl has announced that hip-hop and pop star Tinchy Stryder will be joining her on her forthcoming UK arena tour. Tickets for Cheryl supported by Tinchy are on-sale now and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Tinchy Stryder was 2009’s biggest selling male solo artist in the UK and over the past two years the rapper has scored a string of hit singles, a top-selling album, and has embarked on nationwide sell-out headline tours. Tinchy also had the prize role of opening the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 2010 and provided the support on Akon and Rihanna’s UK shows, two of the UK’s biggest tours of 2011. After enjoying success with his three previous albums, his fourth ‘Full Tank’ will hit shelves in December 2012.

Cheryl’s single ‘Call My Name’ (11th June) shot straight to #1 within hours of release on iTunes, clocking up record breaking sales. Her third album ‘A Million Lights’ (18th June) and second single ‘Under The Sun’ (3rd September) followed suit in terms of chart success. The album follows Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts. Cheryl will be performing songs from all three albums on the tour as well as some surprises.

Although this will be Cheryl’s first headline arena tour, she is certainly no stranger to the live circuit. She opened as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour in 2010 and also played four sold-out arena tours as part of Girls Aloud.

CHERYL COLE TOUR

6 Oct Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
7 Oct 02, London
9 Oct Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
11 Oct Echo Arena, Liverpool
12 Oct LG Arena, Brimingham
13 Oct Manchester Arena
15 Oct SECC, Glasgow
16 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
17 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

http://www.cherylcole.com

Tickets are on-sale now priced at London £40.00 / £35.00 London and £35.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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The Kaje talks Cheryl Cole to Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson is so much more than the songwriter behind Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute”, yet in the UK she is far from a household name. The New York based singer/songwriter is currently on the world’s leading independent artists and though her heartbreaking 2009 release “Everybody” received a modicum of attention in the post Cheryl Cole single release period, Michaelson is probably best known to UK audiences who have searched for the wealth of songs she has had featured in the background of everything from “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Scrubs”. However, that should all be about to change as Michaelson prepares for the UK release of her fifth studio album “Human Again”. With the irrepressible “Blood Brothers” heading up the release, The Kaje though it was time to finally close the Cheryl Cole chapter…

While you are a celebrated artist in your own right, you are best known on these shores for writing Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute”. How do you feel about it?

I love it. The whole Cheryl Cole thing was amazing for me.  I didn’t really know who she was. We don’t really know who she is  in the States but she is gigantic here. So I came here on the heels of that to say ‘hey, I am the one who wrote it.’ I was able to play a few shows, and did a few radio appearances and played my own version of “Parachute”. I love it.

I think it is so interesting to hear somebody else sing the words that you wrote. I am not used to it as I’ve only written for one other person, one other song and it was a co-write too. This song was written with a friend of mine, then somebody else took it and sung it. Cheryl Cole didn’t write any of it. But it was so cool, and the video was really good to. I was just really flattered and excited. I love seeing people do it.

It was an opportunity that came up, but I have been meaning to do it again and do more of it. It is just that life gets in the way. I think the older I get and the more I want to stay at home and not travel, then I might try get into the writing for other people thing a little more. I think as I get older I don’t want to be touring nine months out of the year. I love touring and I love performing, I think I will always tour, but I will just lessen the amount. But that will leave more time for me to write for other people. I am looking a long way down the line.

Cheryl Cole aside, you are one of the most successful independent musicians in the world currently. What is the secret to your success?

Timing. I had my song on a commercial in the States just as I started getting placements on television shows, so people started buying my record and the radio started playing it, all without a label. It was only then that labels came around and asked if I wanted to sign with them, but I just didn’t want to as I didn’t really need to. But it was just the timing followed by a lot of hard work which meant I was able to get my foot in the door and get this profile so quickly. Because we never signed to a traditional record label, we had this strength and control. I feel very fortunate that I got found on MySpace when it was not inundated with artists. It was just the right time, as it was also the beginning of commercial placements, I had this perfect storm happen. We just made the right decisions, so now that  I am established and successful, I do not need to cower to a major label. I work in tandem with a smaller label, which allows me to maintain control of it all. It is amazing.

I would never  say that is the only way to go. If you are an artist and a major label comes up to you and are willing to put $500,000 behind you for a record and video and you have nothing, then do it. I am very fortunate but it is not a formula to get where I am. I do not even really know how I got where I am.

I think you should just go with your gut and do what you love. Don’t expect anything but be ready for everything. If you go into music and want to be a  rich, famous rock star then the chances are it will not happen. It is a very hard thing to succeed in. I play for 2000 seat theatres in the States and I play for 500 when I come here, or Budapest and play for 3 people. It is an ongoing struggle to find success, or what you gauge as success. I think of everything as tiny successes and focus on doing what I do because I love it and not to be Lady Gaga. That is probably not going to happen.

With each release your commercial success has increased. Do you think you have managed to channel new fans with each release?

I think so. I think I just keep slowly building on what I have already built. My bandmates and I put on a really great show. In the States it is really fun, there are six of us and it is  big rock show. My live show is really important to my records and my career. I think it drives a lot of my record sales. Always being present, particularly online, being very close with my fans and personal. I try to maintain this connection with them.  You can’t just go into hiding for a few years, then come back and expect everything to be the same. It is a constant thing. It is work. it is being honest with your fans, being grateful and thankful and giving them what they want to hear.

I don’t think I did that particularly with this last record, they wanted to know where my ukulele was, or complained that it was too loud or with too much production, bur hopefully I will make some new fans to replace those other ones. The ones who say ‘well at least I have her other records!’ I mean, come on! Anybody who is afraid to travel with an artist  isn’t really a true fan anyway.

You are heading up the UK release with the single “Blood Brothers”. How did you settle on this track?

I just love the song. I feel like it has a universal feeling to it. It is the idea that we are all in this together, that we are all one unit. There are three songs on the record that we thought were potentials for singles; “Ghost”, “Blood Brothers” and “Black And Blue”. We have done “Ghost” and “Blood Brothers” already in the States and it just seemed like the right fit to start here with “Blood Brothers”. It is just universal, upbeat and catchy but not too catchy or poppy.

Do you still recall what inspired “Blood Brothers”?

I was recording my record in the city. Out of all the songs on the record, there are thirteen, only the first one “Fire” did I come to my producer with a ready-made  song. Everything else I wrote the year I recorded, which was pretty amazing and something I had never done before. With “Blood Brothers”, I was in the studio one day and someone came over and shoulder checked me, I got this surge of  New York anger. I just thought, we are all in a rush, we are all going somewhere, can we not co-exist in a kind way. It was just “listen dude, don’t be an arsehole. Just say excuse me.” I feel like, in major cities especially, we are just in this cellphone world, without any grace or kindness.

The Dylan Steinberg & Shervin Lainez video is brilliant. Are the artists you portray your own inspirations?

Not necessarily. I wanted to pick iconic musicians, so that people would know who they were right away. I wanted to do Judy Garland, as I love Judy Garland, but no one is going to know that it was her. I wanted to do Elvis but it didn’t look right. It was very dependent on me being able to pull off the looks. I didn’t want people to think I was wearing a costume either. I really wanted to transform. That is why I picked who I picked.

It is kind of an obvious concept, in that it goes along with the song. We are all the same thing, just painted differently. I had the idea for the video for a very long time, not necessarily with the icons, but more a shape shifting face in real time. You get to see the make-up coming on and off. Then when I wrote the song, I thought it would be perfect for “Blood Brothers”. Then  I took it further and wanted to do it iconic. I wanted to then take it further to iconic musicians.

With your career already soaring in the States, would you say your aims with the record differ on the differ continents?

I think it is the same at the core, it is to get people to hear about you and fall in love with your music. You want them to buy your records, come see your show and become a fan. You try your best with the song, the video and provide a package and just hope people will like it. There are definitely English people in the video, we have Bowie and Amy Winehouse, so it just felt like the right fit. It is just trying to get a little splash and next time we come back we can take it a stage bigger.

“Blood Brothers” is out now.

Photographs and Interview by Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Cheryl Cole Announces ‘A Million Lights’ Tour

Today, Cheryl announces her first solo nationwide arena tour. With dates up and down the UK, the announcement comes as her latest single looks set to top the charts this week. Cheryl Cole tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th June and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Cheryl released her new single Call My Name this week which went straight to #1 within hours of release on iTunes, clocking up record breaking sales. Her third album ‘A Million Lights’ will be released 8th July.

The album follows Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts. Cheryl will be performing songs from all three albums on the tour as well as some surprises.

Although this will be Cheryl’s first headline arena tour, she is certainly no stranger to the live circuit. She opened as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour in 2010 and also played four sold-out arena tours as part of Girls Aloud.

CHERYL COLE TOUR

6 Oct Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
7 Oct 02, London
9 Oct Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
11 Oct Echo Arena, Liverpool
12 Oct LG Arena, Brimingham
13 Oct Manchester Arena, Manchester
15 Oct SECC, Glasgow
17 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

www.cherylcole.com

Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 15th June priced at London £40.00 / £35.00 London and £35.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

VIDEO: Cheryl Cole “Call My Name”

Post X-Factor axeing Cheryl Cole’s career had been written off by many. Having become the face for pretty every product going, the former Girls Aloud singer promised that 2012 would see her back in the charts and bigger than before. With her manager will.i.am taking her place as the nation’s favourite talent show judge, Cole has hooked up with superstar producer Calvin Harris and created a choon!! “Call My Name” may not be as instant as former lead singles “Fight For This Love” or “Promise This”, but it ticks all the boxes to be a superhit.

The Kaje’s Top 20 Albums 2011!!!!

2011 has been an eventful year in music. While it could be argued that the female soloist has continued to battle against the folk-pop contingency for chart domination, here at The Kaje we have been more than a little blown away by the sheer diversity of the tracks hitting the airwaves.

While we initially intended to compile an album Top 10, we felt there were far too many notable releases missing from our list so have pushed the boat out a little further, but still somehow we didn’t have room for The Kaje favourites Washington, The Grates, The Wanted and Ed Sheeran…

Though we could sweet talk about those who narrowly missed out, we would rather just head straight to our 20-1 countdown..

20. Bonjah – Go Go Chaos

2009’s “Until Dawn” put Bonjah on the musical map when it saw the quintet nominated in the Best Album category at both the Apra and Air Awards.  While they may not have walked away with the prize they so deserved, the boys wasted little time in recording this blindingly brilliant sophomore record.

19. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale

Britney is back and better than ever. With killer dub beats and ‘I am what I am’ attitude, Britney wasted no time in showing more recent pop princesses Lady Gaga and Jessie J that she is far from ready to give up her crown.. Here at The Kaje we are more than happy for Britney to rule the airwaves!

18. Hanson – Shout It Out

Hanson have been written off by many as a one-hit wonder. Though ‘MMMBop’ is without doubt their biggest chart hit to date, the Tulsa based trio have to their name an impressive catalogue of Blues and Soul influenced records. However, 2011 saw Hanson return to the pop domain which saw them hit the top spot some 15 years ago and boy can they still make those booties shake!

17. Darren Hayes – Secret Codes & Battleships

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes may have confused his loyal fan base slightly with his more experimental 2007 release ‘This Delicate Thing We’ve Made’, prompting a break from his solo career. Having spent time writing for an array of other acts, Hayes noted that he was simultaneously compiling a set of songs for a solo return. The result is the sublime “Secret Codes & Battleships”. The perfect fusion of Savage Garden-esque questioning ballads and Darren Hayes experimentation, “Secret Codes & Battleships” is Hayes’ best release to date.

16. Melanie C – The Sea

Former Sporty Spice Melanie C is the most successful solo spice. Her debut album still tops the poll of solo records from one of the world’s biggest girl bands ever. Yet despite consistently strong releases, Melanie C’s albums have failed to capture the public imagination in the same way. Post 2007’s “This Time”, Chisholm headed to the West End and it seemed like the solo dream was over. But Chisholm was simply biding her time and her 2011 comeback record “The Sea” warrants celebrating.

15. Ane Brun – It All Starts With One

Ane Brun decided to postpone her solo career when Peter Gabriel asked her to be his backing singer on tour. While she was keen to follow-up 2008’s “Changing Of The Seasons”, she felt uninspired and needed time to collect her thoughts. The time off has clearly worked wonders as 2011 saw her return with this deliciously delicate collection.

14.  Kelly Rowland – Here I Am

Kelly Rowland’s solo career has been somewhat tumultuous. While her 2002 debut album “Simply Deep” was both a commercial and critical success, her 2007 follow-up “Ms. Kelly” was largely overlooked. With Rowland written off by many, she focussed her energies on profile sustaining guest vocals while working hard on ensuring her third release “Here I Am” was able to hit the mark. And boy, it does far more than just that…

13. Frankie & The Heartstrings – Hunger

Sunderland’s Frankie & The Heartstrings have spent the past couple of years building up a reputation on the live circuit. With the distinctive on stage presence proving increasingly popular, the boys finally bit the bullet and unleashed their irrepressible debut album “Hunger” at the start of 2011. With their riotous rawk perfectly captured in album’s 10 tracks, this record is just brief appetite warmer for a band that may just be Britain’s biggest export in years to come.

12. Clare Maguire – Light After Dark

Birmingham’s Clare Maguire was selected by the BBC as one of the acts to watch in 2011. The honour is seemingly a curse, with the pressure piled up the selected acts to deliver commercially and critically. The praise lauded prematurely upon Clare Maguire saw many a critic slam her album upon release somewhat unfairly. With one of the most powerful and distinctive vocals of 2011, “Light After Dark” reveals more of its beauty with each listen. This may be a slow burner, but there is nothing wrong with a lack of radio friendly immediacy.

11. Adele – 21

By rights “21” should be at number 1 on our list. Londoner Adele is without any question the real star of 2011, however, with the record released at the start of the year, here at The Kaje its sheer over exposure has caused us to put it to the back of our shelf for a while. Though it may have very temporarily lost its sheen, there is no denying the innate artistry in Adele’s heartbreak. Seemingly effortlessly Adele manages to capture the  devastating beauty of break-up blues. Magically chilblain inducing.

1o. Kami Thompson – Love Lies

The daughter of folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson has spent most her adult years running away from the inevitable – that she is a musician to the core. Having tried an array of careers, Thompson finally faced up to her genetic disposition and set about work on her own material, a move which the whole world will soon be thankful for. “Love Lies” is at times tender at others playful debut effort, but its real beauty lies not in its diversity but the charm of its dexterous vocalist.

9. Charlie Simpson – Young Pilgrim

Charlie Simpson left boy band Busted while they were going from commercial strength to strength. There was little the pop trio could do wrong, but Simpson felt he was being disloyal to his musical roots and instead launched the rock heavy Fightstar. The move built his credibility and proved his diversity, therefore few eyebrows were raised when Simpson took his baby steps to solo success with 2010’s “When We Were Lions” EP. Rather than rushing a record, Simpson bided his time as he crafted his debut album “Young Pilgrim”, a wise move, as it supersedes all his other musical outings to date.

8. Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief

2011 marked the return of Oh Mercy minus founding member Thom Savage. However, the subtle charm of frontman Alexander Gow ensured that “Great Barrier Grief” topped 2009’s “Privileged Woes”. Sincere, sturdy, clean-cut and minimalist, “Great Barrier Grief” is a romantically charged effort.

7. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Make A Scene

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has always been a star in our eyes. With Theaudience’s only record to date still a regular feature on our stereo, we simply cannot get enough of Janet Ellis’ stunning daughter. With Ellis-Bextor having focussed her attentions on motherhood in recent years, “Make A Scene” packs a sophisticated punch and builds on Ellis-Bextor’s distinct sound.

6. Will Young – Echoes

Will Young has come so far from his Pop Idol days that he is barely recognisable from his early recordings. Having taken time to return to tread the boards, Will Young’s “Echoes” is an understated Richard X soulful dance influenced effort that easily walks over his past efforts. Will Young is back and better than ever.

5. Kimbra – Vows

Kiwi Kimbra may be best known globally for her Gotye collaboration “Somebody That I Used To Know”, but her debut album “Vows” shows that she can more than hold her own away from an established partner. Playfully innovative, Kimbra is an artist who understands how to create no-nonsense pop music that oozes credibility.

4. Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes

Nicola Roberts is not Cheryl Cole, nor does she want to be. While Cole may have dominated the post Girls Aloud solo output with her conventional auto-tuned pop slices, Roberts has relished in her lesser profile allowing her creative freedom. Far from a typical pop record, Roberts has pushed the boundaries and the raised the bar with this humour filled, synth pop treat.

3. Little Comets – In Search Of Elusive Comets

Little Comets should be one of the biggest things since sliced bread. Having more than proved their ingenuity on stage, the Newcastle troupe came the attention of Columbia Records way back in 2009. They hit the studio and crafted what they felt best represented their appeal, to find that the big label bosses wanted them to be something they weren’t. Rather than sell their soul for success, the lads stood their ground and finally released the ingeniously crafted “In Search Of Elusive Comets” at the turn of 2011.

2. Georgia Fair – All Through Winter

School pals Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley have never believed in rush releases. Though they have been playing together since their early teens, the duo never felt they had quite the right set of songs to record a full length record. Rather than force their creativity, the focussed on honing their skills on the live circuit and releasing a set of stellar EPs. With their profile steadily rising, the pair finally bit the bullet and headed Stateside to work with Band of Horses’ Bill Reynolds. The result is a no-nonsense,vocally centred record that ensures Georgia Fair are at the forefront of the indie-folk movement.

1. Dionne Bromfield – Good For The Soul

Dionne Bromfield first came to public attention as the child prodigy God-daughter of the much-missed super talent Amy Winehouse, but she grown into an artist who is so much more than a ‘by-association’ act. “Good For The Soul” leaves you breathless. Bromfield boasts a classic soul vocal and it is clear she has learnt more than a trick or two from Winehouse.With 60 and 70s soul vocals applied to contemporary urban pop, Bromfield ensures she is a step ahead of the pack. Aged just 15, Bromfield is still at the beginner’s block career wise, but “Good For The Soul” is light years ahead of many artists twice her age.

WIN!!!! Many of our Top 20 Album acts have been kind enough to donate signed copies of their releases for a big bumper prize pack! To get your hands one of the mix bags then simply tell us the title of Dionne Bromfield’s debut album… Answers by email to jeremy@the-kaje.com by January 15.

The Kaje talks touring to Biffy Clyro

Ayrshire trio Biffy Clyro spent nearly a decade on the live circuit building an unbreakable reputation which finally resulted in their fourth album “Puzzle” exploding into the mainstream. With their current UK Arena tour coming to a close, the Scotsmen are about to head down to Australia for an epic headline tour as well as some dates with some old friends… The Kaje grabbed a few minutes with drummer Ben Johnston to find out a little bit more…

So, we hear you are going ‘Down Under’…

We are going with Muse, supporting them as well as doing a load of our own headliner shows. We are going to try to play as many of our songs that we can fit into one set. We have five albums to choose from. We will just fit in as much as we can and give a spirited performance.

In your time you have supported some amazing bands. Could you pick a favourite?

Queens Of The Stone Age, if I had to pick one, was probably the best support slot we’ve done. They are big heroes of ours. We’ve supported them twice now, both in the States and Europe. The tours we did were great and we’ve become friends. Of course Josh featured on our record and stuff afterwards.

As a headliner, do you get any say as to who supports you?

It depends where we are playing as to how much say we have. On this tour in the UK, we could handpick the bands as long as they were available. But if we go to somewhere like America, you have to do somebody a favour to get the show or bring in extra fans. It is not as clear-cut as people think. In Australia, we get a list of bands and pick out the best ones. There is still a good deal of control there in terms of good music control.

What do you think the secret to a good set is?

Passion, it is the best thing in the world. It always makes an amazing show. It help create a connection with people which you just can’t put into words. It is really quite special. Luckily we’ve always had that. People like to sing our songs, it is one of the best things about the Biffy fans. Also as a performer, it is important for an audience to see that the performer loves singing the songs just as much as they do.

Everything seems to have gone a bit crazy post'”Puzzle”…

It is all pretty mental and pretty weird. There is nothing about our life that is mundane, mediocre or normal. When we look back we can’t believe where we started, it has been 16 years of hard graft. It has been a gradual progression from one stage to the next. It takes a good long time to take it all in and we’ve got strong heads on our shoulders. We’ve tried to take it all in our strides really.

Would you be able to put your finger on what makes you stand-out?

Not really. I guess on this particular arena tour, there is a song on our set list called “There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake”, which is on the third album. It is a catchy song, we are playing it every night right now, sometimes to 11,000 people and I can’t think of any other band that has done that, played a song that is that crazy. When you think about that it completely baffles me, when people that play music like we do, especially over here right now, with the charts are corporate pop acts. We even get called a pop act over here, just because of how popular we are, I is difficult to get our heads around it. We love it though as we are hopefully changing people’s ideas about music. Their only concert will have been N Dubz, then they come to see us. That is just completely bonkers to us. We have always been a cult band so it is totally weird.

How do you feel about your ever-increasing fame?

It has two sides I guess, it is good that more people are listening to our music. Even at that point, we’d done three albums so we had done a shit load of touring all around the place. We had spent time with the first records and the music finally come round to our way of thinking. “Puzzle” came out, qe were suddenly played on day time radio. We were just over the moon when it happened, we will welcome as many fans as possible.

Having put in the hard slog, why did it your destiny suddenly change?

The right band ant the right time, we’d put in the groundwork and it was bubbling away when we;d done Volcano. We had a bunch of amazing songs and sorted them into an album, we recorded them with a good producer and the stars aligned and people were now ready for Biffy to be a big band. It hasn’t really stopped.

Now that the mainstream success has hit, do you feel extra pressure to keep it going?

There is a little bit of a niggle in the back of your head, but it definitely isn’t something that occupies your thoughts much. The tester for our songs is do we like them, do they make the hairs on our neck stand up. If they do then they make the album, or if the not the record then they will be a b-side. It is the same testing process for everything, that hasn’t changed at any point ever. We aren’t going to start putting restrictions on what we do.

“Only Revolutions” has only further cemented your widespread appeal, with the record receiving nominations across the board…

It was because of the success of “Puzzle”, people started having expectations of the new album. It comes out and the songs are good again, so they were just buying it. There are a lot of things that have been released from that album and Britain has just gone a bit crazy for it. It is just really hard to believe, we even won at the teen awards this year. We won best song, we beat Cheryl Cole and some other pop bands, so we can’t believe it is actually happening. People’s ears were pricked up already and then the album came out. It was the right time and a good time.

Thinking back to when it all began, do you recall what it as that you wanted to achieve?

We didn’t really have an aim at all, even if that sounds a bit cliché. To tell you the truth We were just three friends playing In our parents’ garage, making a racket. We doing Nirvana songs, indie songs and everyone’s favourite songs. Eventually we wrote our own stuff. Then suddenly were doing a gig and so our aim changed to doing an album. It just goes on like that. You take it in small steps. We were talking about this the other day, and Simon had scribbled on his art school folder, everyone used to scribble on theirs, he wrote the Reading line-up of the year 200 and apparently we were headlining. That was Simon’s aspirations anyway by 2000, but it wasn’t quite right! Maybe 2012, who knows?

You have toured around the world, are there any boxes still unticked?

Big Day Out. We’d love to come to Big Day Out. We had a chance last year but it didn’t quite work out. Also Coachella in America, would be great. In terms of actually venues, I can’t actually think of anywhere.

Was there a moment on stage when you realised you were onto something?

You are asking me to cast my mind back a good few years here. It was probably the first time we sold out King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, a little venue in Glasgow. The first time we sold it out and the audience were sing out our stuff back to us to the point to where our monitors were indeducable. We couldn’t hear ourselves sing. It was like a proper fucking Beatles moment, you know. Back then, we thought it was about to kick off in Glasgow, there was vibe it was all going off. Then we went to London and it all happened again. It was before we’d even released an album, so probably 2000. So the year Simon wanted to headline Reading, we were actually selling out King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Looking back on your five albums, would you be able to pick a favourite song from the selection?

Ah man, you can’t do that! That’s impossible! Its like having fifty babies and picking your favourite. I can give you a current favourite off the new album. I’ll go for “Whorses”, I like playing it live, it is a great workout and its great fun. I really have to concentrate to go through that one.

If you had to recommend one of your albums to someone who hadn’t heard of you, which would you suggest?

“Only Revolutions”, to be honest. It is everything we are to this point. There is nothing we have lost, we still have the sensibilities of the first album. Our spirit is still there. It is a perfect representation of where we are as a band.

So if “Only Revolutions” epitomises Biffy Clyro to date, what can we expect next?

There is always another album coming up, there is a bunch of songs already, we just haven;t been home much. We are constantly touring, for four years actually, but even more now. We are taking January off and you know, songs will flow without a doubt. Simon writes when he is home, so we will have about 30 or 40 songs to choose from. So we should have an album and if things work out right, some b-sides.

 

VIDEO: Joe McElderry “Ambitions”

So Joe won X Factor but unlike Olly his debut single didn’t debut at number 1…That means the pressure must be on for his second single to get to the top. Having chosen to cover Donkeyboy’s massive Europop hit, the transformation from Geordie school boy to Britain’s Zac Efron is well underway as Joe proves he can take it all upbeat and even shake his booty…

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