In a busy world you probably didn’t notice that The Ordinary Boys had gone anywhere. Nevermind, we’re back(!) with a brand new album and a 25 date tour.
Our new record ‘Real Life’ is coming out in October through Republic of Music. We are back to the original line-up from our debut album Over The Counter Culture, plus the addition of Louis Jones from celebrated power-pop band Spectrals. I met Louis stage-diving at a Cribs gig when Spectrals were supporting and knew immediately that I wanted him to be my new best friend/collaborator.I had been song-writing with John Newman and Example and had a number one with Heart Skips A Beat for Olly Murs, but 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.
Admittedly, The Ordinary Boys had wandered pretty far from the sound, energy and ethos that had garnered respect for our debut and early live-shows and had earned us our still-loyal fan-base. So... I made Spinal Tap-esque phone calls to bassist James Gregory and drummer Charlie Stanley. 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.
We have been in the studio with Rory Atwell (the Vaccines, Veronica Falls) and MJ (of Hookworms) this past year and Dan Lancaster (Bring Me The Horizon, Lower Than Atlantis) is on mixing duties. We think we have made a really special, exciting record. One that has been fuelled by reunited childhood friendships, rediscovery of the records that shaped us, and the drive to create something undeniably great.
In those early years we always made a special point to veer our tour van away from the conveyor belt of the motorways between Britain’s major cities and play the secondary towns. Those were always the most exciting shows. We are revisiting these venues ten years later and cannot wait to recreate the energy and unpredictability that always ended up with sweat dripping from the walls.It may seem like every band is dusting off their guitars and squeezing back into their skinny jeans these days but we are taking this tour as our holiday allowance from work. We have made what we think is a fantastic record and we are taking a month off from Real Life to return loaded with new memories from the tour.