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“It’s nice to see new young faces coming to see us for the first time.”

side into the gorge, and he was wondering what might go through your mind as you come round a bend and there’s a car coming towards you on your side of the road..those last few seconds. Te song Girl At Te End Of Te World is about appreciating everything that was of value to you and the people that you loved. Te ‘girl’ represents your loved one, the person waiting for you at the end of your life. We loved it as a title and loved the imagery. It’s a great simple tune with a big sing along chorus and it’s the song at the end of the album! Do you have a favourite line from a James song? Tere’s a song called Strong which has never been released; it was a good tune for us but we could never make it work when we tried to record it for an album. “It’s not the

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defeat that shows up the weak, it’s how you respond when you’re down”. It’s about a boxer but obviously there’s an analogy with life. I just thought that it was amazing. We all fail, we all cock up, and it’s not the lack of those that makes you strong, it’s how you react when you have those disasters. If I was going to get a tattoo I’d probably get that one. When I’m drunk one night maybe! How do you feel James fit in with the current UK music scene in 2016, and to what extent can you hear James’ influence in music today? It’s difficult to say..I could probably list bands that I like or records that we listen to but we have quite a diverse taste in the band. I don’t really know how we fit into the current scene, every time we release a new record we get a whole

INFORMATION James play UEA on 9th May. Tis gig is sold out.

new bunch of people coming along which is really exciting. It’s nice to see new young faces coming to see us for the first time after hearing one of our songs or seeing a video. I find that really refreshing. I think it’s great that with the Internet music no longer has to go through the machinations of the industry, stuff can just have a life of its own. You don’t get pigeonholed by the industry as much, they used to love doing that, who are you, who do we aim you at, that sort of thing. But the general public just hear a song and decide they like it, they don’t analyse it any more than that. What’s been your most memorable gig to date? Wow, there have been so many! I was remembering playing with Bowie at Maine Road in Manchester, and thinking that that was an amazing thing to have done. We played Alton Towers, we had a special James Day with 30,000 fans; you bought a ticket to go to Alton Towers and we played that night.

Mental! We played the second Woodstock in the States with 300,000 people there. When I was a kid and I used to go see bands I used to go to the Manchester Apollo. I remember seeing Te Jam there and it said “Te Jam: Sold Out”. I looked up and it and I remember saying I want to be stood under this sign one day with the name of my band saying sold out..and that happened, so that was a special one for me. It was one of those amazing moments, a connection with the 15 year old me! If you could see one act at a festival this summer who would you see? I love Te Flaming Lips. Tey’re an amazing live band and I’ve seen them play I don’t know how many times. Tey’re wonderful; their songs are uplifting and positive and great but they always do summat mad, fun and entertaining that engages the audience.

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