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Rejection spurred SFG songwriting

Published 11/04/2010 | 03:47

Roy Stride's first batch of songs didn't prove a hit
Roy Stride's first batch of songs didn't prove a hit

Scouting For Girls frontman Roy Stride has revealed how the first crop of songs for the band's second album were rejected by their record company boss.

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Roy revealed how, at the 2008 Brit Awards, he and bandmates bassist Greg Churchouse and drummer Pete Ellard presented their label boss with a CD of demos that they had recorded in Roy's hotel room, during downtime on the last dates of their UK tour.

"I thought he'd be on the phone saying 'You've cracked it, this is what we've been waiting for', but nothing." Roy recounted.

"The day after, still nothing. Eventually, four days later I got a call saying that he didn't think there were any singles on there.

"I was like 'What!?' I couldn't believe it, but I was only half annoyed. The other half of me said 'I'm going to write some really good songs to show him what we can do', plus I think he was bluffing as a way of making us come up with the best songs we could possibly write."

Roy returned to the drawing board to come up with a load more songs, so many, in fact, that when it came to selecting what would be on the forthcoming album, the trio had to filter through between 40 and 50 songs.

"I've really learned something writing this album..." says Roy. "I thought I knew how to write a song before, and it was only when Nick said that that I thought about what actually makes a great pop song."

:: Scouting For Girls release their second album Everybody Wants To Be On TV on Monday April 12, while their new single This Ain't A Love Song is out now.

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