It is hard to imagine that it’s been two years since we heard the last of Scouting For Girls. But don’t worry the 4 Brit Award nominees are back with a brand new single and album, which picks up where they left us with ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’. We talked to Scouting For Girls and asked them more about the new single, album and some other random things.
First of all, welcome back guys! We have missed the great pop songs you make in the charts! What’ have you guys been up to the past year?
”We’ve been really busy! we toured around Europe for a little bit which was a fantastic experience, then came back to the UK and played a few festivals. Then our biggest ever shows at Wembley and the MEN ARENA to thousands of people!!! We’ve been doing this while writing and recording this album, So it’s been a crazy last couple of years. ”
Sounds very much like it! Good to have you back with new material though. ‘Summertime in the City’ is amazing by the way. The video looks like an ode to the British summer weather? Who came up with the concept for the video?
”To be honest we were sent a script for the video and it said lots of girls in swimming costumes getting rained on and we said yes!!! It completely describes the British summertime and pokes fun at it, and that’s what really sold it to us. if we had read on further, we would of seen the bit that says we were all going to get soaked in our clothes with a rain machine pumping out 300 gallons of pond water a second and maybe thought about a way of getting round that one! But we think that outcome is clever and not to serious at the same time, which is what we’re are all about.”
” ‘ The light between us’ means either the love between two people or the growing distance between two people. It’s an exploration of the beginning and end of a relationship. The best and worst of times. Musically we started from where we left of with “this aint a love song’ and tried to write a collection of big beautiful, string laden epic pop songs. It took us two years, 5 producers and 10 studios to get it right”
Gosh, 10 studios and 5 producers? That’s a lot!
” but it was definitely worth it. It’s our best album by far. ”
So two years in full to write album. Tell us how you guys work? Do you instantly co-work or is it a matter of individual experiences first and then bringing it all together?
”Yeah that’s pretty much how it’s done. Roy will go away and write like crazy! He uses some of his own experiences and observations he has picked up on, until he comes up with a body of work. Then we’ll all get together in the studio and play them live. It’s the best way to see whether the song works between the three of us . Sometimes we stumble upon songs which are quite broken down and minimalistic, but when we add things to the tune , we usually end up making the song stronger.”
We read somewhere that you guys don’t really fancy the idea of collaborating with other artists. So a is a collab, similar to The Script and Will.I.Am is never to happen?
”Never say never – there is something magical about the three of us working together – which is hard to replicate with other people. It’s what makes us unique.”
Makes sense from that point of view, however you do do occasionally write for others. Anyone in particular you really love to write a track for?
” I like writing songs for those who sell lots of records! I wrote a song with Olly Murs which never saw the light of day… I think we’d write a good tune together.”
Get in touch, Olly!
Let’s talk a bit more about the album announcement a few months back, which was on Twitter. In our experience you’re one of the few artists who did a Q&A session with the fans. How was that experience?
”It was great! Everyone is pretty much on a social media site these days. We thought it was a good idea to announce the album this way to make it more interesting for the fans. Twitter is pretty much a giant txt message to your friends. We also try to do a Twitter or Facebook chat or something involving social media a few times each month to answer questions fans, which inspired us to do the announcement this way.”
Quite an intriguing and interesting platform social media. I guess you feel it’s easier now for new and established artists to get their message across?
”Much easier! When I (Pete) started to do it I was living at home and only had dial up!!!! I do think the amount of social media sites have made bands and artists so much more accessible on a daily basis. Not to forget it’s also a great way for unsigned bands and artists. ”
Speaking of which, you guys rose to fame in 2007, can you remember what you guys did to get your music noticed?
”We pretty much started when social media was just picking up, we used to be on Myspace which was really the only big social media site of the time to put our music out. We would check out other bands which were similar to us and then directly message them to see if they would be interested in checking us out as well. We managed to get about 5.000 people signed up to our mailing list and fan club which we called ‘the wolf cubs’. It was a great way to do it as it made the whole thing more personal, which meant we could get our cd’s and ‘wolf cub’ memberships packs out to people easier and start to put on our own gig nights at our local pub in Ruislip and get a great turn out, and then build from that.”
Talk us through what Scouting For Girls has planned for the rest of the year.
”Well the single ‘Summertime in The City’ is out now and the album is out on September 3rd. We’ve also announced a few intimate live dates in October! info for these and tickets can be found at our website (scoutingforgirls.com) We’re really buzzing about getting out there and playing the new songs for everyone to hear…
We are also doing some signings for the album which will also be on our website shortly. And we will also be making a small appearance on a well known tv show! We can’t let to many details out of the bag, but we will be playing some of our tunes!!! We’re all a bit excited and a little nervous about it, bar Pete who is actually quite good and has been described as a young Steven Segal!!!”
Scouting For Girls new album ‘The Light Between Us’ and new single ‘Summertime in the City’ are out now. Watch the video for their latest single below: