London trio Scouting for Girls create hooks quicker than Piers Morgan makes enemies. It’s incredible. For anybody out there who disagrees and states they are unaware of their work, they are a liar. No longer talk to them. Hitmakers behind some of the most well known tracks produced in recent memory including ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, Quenched Music’s Clive K Hammond caught up with the indie pop troupe before they headlined Rochdale’s Feelgood Festival 2014 to discuss this year’s impressive V Festival appearance and the worst gigs that have ever taken place while they’ve performed together as Scouting For Girls.

“I have just come back from New York actually,” frontman and pianist Roy Stride began. “And we’ve just come from Portsmouth to Rochdale, which seems like a pretty interesting place..” Sat within the confines of Rochdale’s Cathedral with Queen Elizabeth II portrait eerily towering above us, Roy, bassist Greg Churchouse and drummer Pete Ellard cut relaxed figures. Often when in the precense of successful musical figures, egos can often consume. Not here.

“It’s been a good Summer really,” Greg said. “It’s going to get better when you change my age to 25 as well when you print this mate.”

“If he’s 25, then I’ll be 23,” Pete chimes in.

“But seriously, the reaction we got at V Festival was just out of this world. It was just the best thing live we have experienced. We have played at Hyde Park and played at the Royal Albert Hall, but we came on just after Beady Eye and the place was just pumping. Sometimes when you have been out of it for a little while you do wonder whether people still care and at V it definitely felt like they did,” Roy told.

Since the release of 2007’s self titled debut, the group have gone on to extensively tour the world, been nominated for a host of BRIT and MTV Awards and notched nine Top 40 hits. Their music may not change the world, but it definitely changes our mood. But it’s not all been fun and games for them.

“Looking back we could easily reel off our 10 worst gigs of all time,” Roy said.

“I think the worst one had to be when we were performing at a Sony Conference and we just died on our arse,” Gregg continued. “Everyone there had been working on our sound for such a long time and they must have been bored of our music because not many people were getting involved.”

“Or there was that time when we played a stadium in Nuneaton. Put it this way that atmosphere wasn’t exactly like playing Wembley. I think 50 people turned up for that one. Brilliant,” Roy pressed.

“For me the worst was the lights being turnt on at Sheffield with Leona Lewis. ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ had just got to number one and we were quite hungover from that but had to play it. I was alright because I was just behind the drums and I only had to pretend because we didn’t play live,” Pete said.

Shocking scenes from Sheffield County Council.

Words by Clive K Hammond


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