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Scouting For Girls
Interview: Scouting For Girls
By Linda Serck
With frontman Roy Stride's vocals back in action, Scouting For Girls have honoured their promise to play their rescheduled Reading gig. Bassist Greg Churchouse talks about their 'whirlwind year' and their muse, Michaela Strachan.
Is it really any wonder that Scouting For Girls frontman Roy Stride lost his voice end of February 2008. The trio are one of the major players in the indie pop world and a gruelling tour rendered the normally chatty Roy literally speechless.
Roy is back in shape for Reading
But becoming a successful band is not something that the three merely stumbled upon unintentionally. In fact it's been a burning ambition that's taken more than a decade to achieve.
"We've been in bands for the last ten years," says bassist Greg Churchouse. "Scouting For Girls we started about three years ago - and it's taken off from there."
He says that the three have been firm friends for a long time. "Myself and Roy met at the first day of senior school at 11.
"Pete and Roy met at cubs when they were six or seven.
"We started our first band when we were 14 and 15 and carried on playing music from then til now - and were lucky enough to snag a record deal."
Now the band have a number one album, the self-titled Scouting For Girls, which has sold more than 400,000 copies.
"I remember there was lots of alcohol and not very many memories," laughs Greg of the day they found out they were number one.
Scouting For Girls
"It's been the most bizarre year of our lives," he reveals. "We've always just said that we want to play music and be in a band together so for this to happen as it has is just a whirlwind.
"We're three of the happiest blokes on the planet at the moment."
Arguably one of the most intriguing tracks on the album is Michaela Strachan - a doting homage to the chirpy wildlife presenter.
Greg openly admits that she makes the band go 'really wild'.
"We had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Miss Strachan at our Brighton gig," he continues.
"She came backstage and we took loads of photos and got her autograph. She was awesome, she is the TV people's princess.
He adds: "No one's ever had a bad word to say about her - and she's still quite a looker!"
Undoubtedly ahead of their rescheduled gig at the Rivermead Leisure Centre on Monday 26 May 2008, countless female fans will now be perfecting their best Strachan look.
last updated: 20/05/2008 at 12:57