Sunday 19 November 2017

O&A: Scouting for Girls' Roy Stride

on Lady Gaga and sharing the red carpet with Westlife

Ed Power

Ed Power

Hello chaps! So you're going on the Late Late Show tonight?

Yeah, at first we thought it was [David Letterman's] Late Show. Then someone said, 'no, it's the Late LATE Show'.

One extra word... 20 million fewer viewers. Oh well, at least you'll get to share finger food with Martine McCutcheon in the green room.

Is she on it? Awesome. We toured with her boyfriend Jack McManus... well, hopefully he's still her boyfriend.

Quite. Anyway, you've knocked Lady Gaga off number one in Britain. That must be a thrill.

Everyone is saying that with such... it's like, 'well done for beating Lady Gaga'. Fair enough... she's massive. It's an achievement.

Were you breathlessly keeping tabs on record sales in the run-up to the weekend?

We tried to keep away from all that. Although I was pressing refresh in iTunes all the time to see our position. It's funny. Initially we would have been thrilled to go top 10. But, after being number one in the midweek charts, if someone had told me on Sunday we'd be number two, I would have been gutted.

Presumably you've romped to number one in Ireland as well?

I don't think so. Actually we're at number 18. I suppose these things take time. That's what our label is saying, anyway.

That's a surprise. I saw you play a few years ago and to say the audience was loving it was an understatement.

Actually, we started writing the new album the day after we played the Ambassador in Dublin. It was the end of our tour. We wrote a bunch of songs and sent them to the guy who runs our label. We thought he'd be back in touch the next day, saying these are amazing. The call never came.

Which is why you scrapped an album's worth of material and started from scratch?

We were thinking, well this guy is our biggest fan. And he thinks we could do better. So maybe we can.

Everyone's picking up on the song Little Miss Naughty ...

I wrote that for the singer Paloma Faith. She's on the same label as us. I got a text from the guy who runs Epic Records, saying he's just signed this amazing new singer. So I went on to her MySpace and watched her video. I thought Little Miss Naughty would be great for her. I'm not saying she's Miss Naughty -- it's a character I thought she could play. In the end, I liked it so much I decided we should keep it for ourselves. Ha!

As overnight stars, have you had any surreal run-ins with famous people?

We went to the Meteors a few years ago and nobody had heard of us. It was hilarious. Boyzone and Westlife were on the red carpet in their Armani suits with all the photographers going mad for them. Then it was our turn. We could hear everybody thinking 'Scouting For Girls -- who the hell are these guys?' Silence descended.

Goodness, the critics don't like you much. This morning one British journalist wrote she was 'baffled' by your success.

If those people liked what we did we'd probably be going wrong somewhere. People can't seem to get their heads around the fact we're proper musicians who play their own instruments -- but that we're also a pop band. At some level, perhaps they are threatened by that. I don't know.

Scouting for Girls play Olympia Dublin tonight. The album Everybody Wants To Be On TV is out now

Irish Independent

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