'There were times when we didn't think we'd ever get this album out': Scouting For Girls reveal why their third album took so long
11:24 GMT, 5 September 2012
It’s been over two years since they released their last album but Scouting For Girls are back with their third record, The Light Between Us.
It hasn’t necessarily been an easy ride for the band, despite their past success, and at times they weren’t even sure if they were going to get their new music out there.
Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard admitted that they didn’t want to wait so long before releasing another album, but problems with their record label and various bouts of change meant they had no reason but to wait.
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They're back: Greg Churchouse, Roy Stride and Peter Ellard of Scouting For Girls have just released their third album
‘A lot of stuff happened that was completely out of our control which we did the best to use to our advantage,’ Roy explained to Mail Online.
‘So we ended up having a lot of time and songs that we thought were really amazing, six months later we’d say actually think was quite rubbish so we had time to get rid of the songs we thought weren’t so great, meaning this album is only really good songs!’
The fact that the band had to wait so long actually ended up resulting in the meaning of the album changing slightly too.
‘Basically because it took so long, originally the album was The Light Between Us and that’s about people being apart and coming together – like when they break up and they get together,’ Roy said.
‘But as the album took longer and longer to do, there were times when we didn’t think we’d ever get this album out and there were times when we thought we might not even have a record label, so the lyrics on the album became more about this idea of believing in yourself and finding the strength from within to carry on.
‘That then seeped into these relationship songs that are about making a relationship work, or if a relationship is over and trying to get beyond it. We tried to make a positive record about the real s*** times which everybody goes through in life.’
The guys touched on a particular song on the album entitled Rocky Balboa, which they think conveys this perfectly.
Ready for more success: The band admitted that their future depends on what happens with the album but added that they would 'always do music'
‘Rocky Balboa is about somebody who is still in love with the person whose left them and the idea that they can still come back at that point,’ Roy explained.
‘It’s a bit like the sixth Rocky film. I thought there was never a bigger metaphor in the world for somebody coming back than Rocky.’
For a band that started out playing unsigned gig nights across London to setting up their own night in their hometown of Harrow, Scouting For Girls are definitely a great example of a band who have never given up.
The guys admitted that they’ve never had ‘proper jobs’ since school, and even if things hadn’t had worked out, they would still be doing something music related.
After successfully putting on their own gigs at a local music venue called Trinity, the band would pull their money together and head straight for the studio.
‘We sent out demos to radio labels,’ Roy said. ‘Radio 1 knew that we were doing this thing and wee sent it to Hugh Stevens and he liked the songs so we went in and did a session and it just grew from there.’
Even now, the band said that their fans react so well to their new music and it excites them to play new tracks at their shows.
The Light Between Us is out now
‘We’re generally pretty blessed with our fans,’ said Greg. ‘We know they’re going to be up for hearing new songs, and normally within the first chorus and a half, they’ve already got the words and are singing along.’
Despite admitting that the release of a new album is like ‘waiting for your GCSE results,’ the band are of course excited about the reaction and are looking forward to touring next month.
‘Our future all hinges on the success of the album,’ Roy said.
‘If we sell a million records, we’ll probably tour and do festivals and if we don’t we’ll give it all up and go back to the day jobs,’ he laughed.
‘None of us ever got proper jobs from school. We never contemplated not doing music so I think we would always have done it.
‘We would always do music, whether it was a big way or a little way. We feel really lucky and we feel grateful to people who have taken a chance on us and come to our shows and we’ve really enjoyed it. We love every moment.’