RGM Interview – Marquis Drive

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Thanks for joining us again on RGM, a lot has happened since we last had a chat, how have you all been?

All good Carl thanks. Been busy few months of progress and growth;

Mal ran off with the circus and had bass lessons from a one-hand knife thrower, he’s grooving more than usual atm.

Con became a celebrity chef, after breaking the world record of Chapati’s eaten by a drummer during a gig

Eddie has been raising awareness of “fat neck ” syndrome 

Leon became Ron Jeremy’s stunt man 

Mark attended a boot camp for wolves fans where they learn to read, he says the one he’s reading at minute is the fiendishly difficult “Ben the Dog” 

Chris has only managed to lose his car keys 12 times in 2 months, and has just been awarded the pride of Coventry badge for it.

Mat’s had too much time on lockdown to come up with all of this!!!

Haha, well, there’s more truth in this than whatever else we could have said!

Congratulations on getting signed to creation, talk us through how it came about?

Well it’s down to the main man, Alan Mcgee. We met him a few times in the past, but it was a gig over in Ireland that proved to be the ground breaker. He was there on his tour, talking about his life in music, and we were there to open up the show. That night we spoke back stage. A beautiful mix of our posh cannock tones and his strong glaswegian accent probably made most of our conversation incomprehensible to each other, but the one thing we were all sure he’d definitely said was that we had “5 or 6 big hits”.  The rest is history, and he snapped us up a few days later.

Tell us a story about Alan McGee?

Well, for the real experience you should go and see one of Alan’s talks, or wait for Creation Stories- the Mcgee biopic- to come out. As for with us,  when he went on Radio X earlier this year Mcgee  and told Chris Moyles and the listeners the exact same thing that he told us that night in Ireland, that we’ve got 5 or 6 big hits, it makes you realise what a straight-talker he is. The man has walked with kings, but hasn’t lost the common touch. 

Is there more pressure on you now you are signed?

I don’t think so. We’re writing more songs than ever, not because we have to, but because we all bloody love it. A bit of recognition, and help behind the scenes should help the musical mojo if anything. I mean sure, some songwriters can feel pressure, like the kind that need a really messy break-up before their able to write a new album, but that aint us- we are way too ugly to be breaking up with anyone!!! (well some of us!!!). 

How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit?

Not very well, but as we’ll never be able to iron out all the wrinkles in a rant at the Government, hopefully you can forgive a story;

A drug den a few years back, the Waterloo in Blackpool, has a new owner, Ian, and he has big plans to change the place into a big music venue, it was his dream. When we first gigged there, our van broke down on the car park, and Ian, who was preety much a stranger to us at that point, paid to fix it, simply out of kindness. Over the past few years he has turned his plans into reality, with the considerable investment it needs to do anything well. The value for money for the acts that he has put on is staggering, and through sheer determination and love of music he has made it one of the best gig venues on the circuit…..However, Covid happened, and, at the moment it is hanging by a thread. 

If you’ve ever seen “It’s A Wonderful Life” and been moved by the story of George Bailey, there’s a parallel here with that. Ian has grown a successful business, but more importantly he has improved the lives of everybody around him, and it’s always at his own expense. All we can say to people don’t be Potter in the story, be Clarence the angel

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If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

We’ve put our heart and soul into this, hopefully you can hear it in the songs, and see it went we play live.

Who is the biggest named band you have played with?

Well, for Leon, he has actually played in OCS, which is preety special. We were also lucky to play with Simon Fowler on stage for a rendition of Day We Caught the Train, a few years ago. That was preety special.

In terms of support Revered and the Makers or Cast would be two that stick out, but theres a long list of our own heroes who we’ve had the honour of supporting. You’d need a bigger Server!

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

Some of lads once had a stand off with East 17 after a gig. One of em was convinced that one of our lads had knicked his coat, and started kicking off about it.

Now god knows why Casual lads, who are mostly into the Stone Island and Adidas and who wouldn’t be seen dead in oversized East 17 coat would knick it-but that’s what he thought. Anyway, it simmered down after a while and the coat turned up, and the best guess is that Bradley out of S Club 7 had it all along!!!…..Only at a Butlins gig can you have an indie rock band play the same gig as cheesy 90’s pop acts and everybody’s happy!

We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?

Gobsmacked and flattered. We write songs that we want to. To our ears theres got to be some “wow” factor about them, but it doesn’t always mean that some one else hears that. So we’re humbled by the praise…… Or, put another way, we know we’re great, but some people drink non-alcoholic lager, so some people are fucking weird and might not like it!

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Yeah It’s called “Spaceman”.

You know us, just like we said last time, we’ll let the listeners do some work on that one. What we will say is that Elon Musk’s algorithm has already worked out that this is the anthem that might just remind us that 2020 wasn’t all Covid, and was also the year of the Spaceman. I mean Space X putting men and women back into space is one of those rare moments in 2020 where we had a bit of shared optimism in the future, and, because of that, it’s probably one of the most joyous songs you’re gonna hear for a while.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

The gigs might have stopped for now, but the good times are almost certain to return. For us, the 2 releases prior to spaceman this year, “Proud” and “Truth Dont shock”have landed us a huge slot at the Creation Festival next year. And we will be playing our biggest gig yet supporting Editors and Primal Scream in what looks set to be one of the main events of the year.