The Ordinary Boys are back in business with a new album and a tour that is set to bring them to Wakefield next month.
The 25-date UK tour stops off at The Hop, in Wakefield on Monday, November 16 and will see the Brighton band play old favourites from the days when they were the next big thing as well as tracks from their exciting new eponymous album.
After a hiatus of nearly 10 years, The Ordinary Boys are back with what is arguably their strongest album to date. Lead single ‘Four Letter Word’ is a soaring, energy driven statement of intent reminiscent of their 2004 top 20 debut ‘Over The Counter Culture’.
Hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/theordinaryboysofficial/the-ordinary-boys-four-letter-word
A return to their former sound is no surprise, since the reformed line-up consists of the original trio – Preston, James Gregory (bass) and Charlie ‘Chuck’ Stanley (drums) - plus new member Louis Jones from celebrated power-pop band Spectrals on guitar. Preston met Louis stage-diving at a Cribs gig and, “knew immediately that I wanted him to be my new best friend/collaborator.”
Over the last year they have been busy writing and recording their new album and have enlisted Rory Atwell (the Vaccines, Veronica Falls) and MJ (of Hookworms) on production duties and Dan Lancaster (Bring Me The Horizon, Lower Than Atlantis) for mixing.
After a brief stint in the limelight following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, Preston has spent the last eight years building a solid reputation as a successful songwriter, having written hits for John Newman and Example and a number one for Olly Murs with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’.
However, as fulfilling as his “day job” is, Preston says: “Hanging out with Louis, all we wanted to talk about were the punk and hardcore bands that had made us pick up guitars and form bands in the first place.
“I made Spinal Tap-esque phone calls to James and Chuck. After promising several times that it wouldn’t sound anything like the questionable third album, we met for some beers and started rehearsing. We were 15 again.”
That ‘questionable’ third album ‘How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps’ scored the band three Top 10 hits in 2006. Its predecessor, 2005’s ‘Brassbound’, was also a Top 20 hit, as was its lead single ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, which was re-issued in 2006 and went top 10 in the UK charts.
“We think we have made a really special, exciting record,” Preston says.
“One that has been fuelled by reunited childhood friendships, new friendships, rediscovery of the records that shaped us, and the drive to create something undeniably great. I’ve had the best year of my life making this album and we are so excited to finally be able to share it!”