Since reforming Shed Seven in 2007 you have had great success with touring, will a new album be recorded?
We aren’t ruling out the idea of new material but currently we are all tied up in other projects so finding time seems to be the main enemy. I think we would all have to be into the idea of writing 100% and as it stands we are probably only 80%. My head has ideas rolling round it pretty constantly so maybe one day.
“…at about half 4 in the afternoon somewhere in Germany and the melody/lyrics and music were all done in about an hour. why cant it always be like that? to go from that to having thousands of people singing it back at you is pretty amazing really.”
Why do you think people are so nostalgic of the Brit Pop era?
“People get nostalgic for anything these days. The 90s were pretty hedonistic, so maybe people want to reminisce.”
Looking back what are your favourite memories of the mid 90’s?
“Too many to remember really, T.O.T.P., TFI, japan, America. the benicassim festival in Spain was memorable in 96. We played with the stone roses a couple of months before their ill fated Reading Festival gig. Ian brown and Mani kinda knew it was about to end but the hired musicians they had thought they were the stone roses. laughable really.“
Just how hedonistic were Shed Seven in that time?
”We had our moments thankyou very much!”
Will we get anymore of The Dukes or is your focus now on Shed Seven
“The dukes are on hold while the sheds prepare to tour but i hope to get together with the guys sometime next year and write some stuff.”
You will be performing nearly the whole of the ‘A Maximum High’ album, why do you think it was your biggest hit?
”We are playing 95% of max high interspersed with the other hits. yeah it was of its moment that album. i think the time was right. it was hit heavy, i think we had the most top 40s that year with 5, not that that matters much these days. i tell my kids we did top of the pops 10 times and they say “what’s top of the pops!” unbelievable. everything seemed really positive around that time.”
Is it the record you are proudest of and if so why?
”I remember a ‘Maximum High’ was written between mine and Pauls houses and then bashed into shape at a potato factory on the outskirts of york so maybe i wrote such positive lyrics to counteract that particular glamour. certain press used to say we were very meat and potato but can you blame us? the factory isn’t there anymore. its now a massive B&Q.
I’m proud of most things we did, I’m just as proud of songs like ‘thinking again’ off an album called ‘truth be told’ that didn’t quite set the world alight. more people deserve to hear that album, its really very good.”
You have recorded a new acoustic version of ‘Chasing Rainbows’ is the song a particular favourite of the bands?
”As i say I’m proud of most songs we wrote but its undeniable that certain songs are held more dear. rainbows always will just for the memories. it was written at a soundcheck at the tail end of a massive European tour in 96. it was pissing it down at about half 4 in the afternoon somewhere in Germany and the melody/lyrics and music were all done in about an hour. why cant it always be like that? to go from that to having thousands of people singing it back at you is pretty amazing really.”
How did it feel to be back in the studio?
“it felt very natural to be back in a studio environment with the sheds. because we are revisiting old songs there was no real pressure so we had a lot of fun changing certain arrangements and adding new bits. it was all very satisfactory.”
You have had to add an extra date in York due to demand, do you get a different buzz playing in your home town?
”We’ve had to add a few extra dates up and down the country. playing york always feels a bit different as it is our hometown. there is always slightly more pressure to play well as its a small city and i do an awful lot of walking its streets.”
MAXIMUM HITS & MAXIMUM HIGHS TOUR
Sat 26th Bournemouth Academy 0844 477 2000
Sun 27th Bristol 02 Academy 0844 477 2000
Tue 29th Aberdeen Music Hall 0844 4999 990
Thu 1st Edinburgh HMV Picture House 0844 4999 990
Friday 02 Glasgow Barrowland 0844 4999 990
Saturday 03 Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Monday 05 Liverpool O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Tuesday 06 Cambridge Junction 01223 511 511
Thursday 08 Sheffield O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Friday 09 Manchester Academy 0161 832 1111
Saturday 10 Manchester Academy 0161 832 1111
Sunday 11 Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444
Tuesday 13 Leamington Spa Assembly 0844 811 0051
Wednesday 14 Norwich UEA 01603 508 050
Friday 16 Birmingham O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Saturday 17 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
Sunday 18 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
Tuesday 20 Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Wednesday 21 York Barbican 0844 854 2757 – *new show added*
Thursday 22 York Barbican 0844 854 2757
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