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“Bands like Blur, or The Stone Roses or Happy Mon­days or what­ever – while they’ve not been around, we’ve been do­ing two hun­dred gigs a year”

us con­tin­u­ing. I al­ways thought the only rea­son to split up should be if you re­ally can’t get on with each other, or it’s com­plete mu­si­cal dif­fer­ences, or . . . I dunno, if the band just com­busts. And that just hasn’t hap­pened.”

Of course, with a lengthy ca­reer also comes plenty of sto­ries. Burgess joined the pan­theon of rock stars with au­to­bi­ogra­phies ear­lier this year, with the pub­li­ca­tion of Tellin’ Sto­ries, the ti­tle of which was taken from the band's 1997 al­bum of the same name.

“Oh my God,” he groans the­atri­cally when I broach the topic. Bored by talk­ing about it al­ready? “No, no – I love it. It’s the best book I’ve ever writ­ten,” he dead­pans. “To be hon­est, I’m not ac­tu­ally a huge reader. I kind of say in the book re­ally early on that I’m more of a mag­a­zine kind of per­son. I also say in the book that you can stop read­ing right now if you want to, be­cause it’s a warn­ing, you know? I had to learn on my feet, but it’s come out pretty good, I think. Peo­ple seem to have liked it. Cer­tain peo­ple in the band were in­ter­ested – and I’m sure slightly con­cerned, too – so I had to keep telling ev­ery­one that there’s noth­ing to worry about. And it ended up be­ing mostly about New Or­der, any­way. I reckon Bernard’s [Sumner] gonna be happy, though . . .”.

A new solo al­bum, an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy; such things usu­ally sig­nify the book­end­ing of an era, but Burgess has no in­ten­tion of re­nounc­ing his role in The Char­la­tans just yet. There’s a bit more tour­ing to do be­fore the sum­mer’s end, in­clud­ing a run-through of Tellin’ Sto­ries at Castlepalooza, then the solo tour­ing be­gins in earnest. Next year, how­ever, will see the band re­group for their 12th al­bum.

“Whether it’ll be com­pleted next year or not, I’m not sure, but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” he en­thuses. “It’ll be a big project, but it has to be great. It has to be bet­ter than great. But we’re all pretty happy at the mo­ment. Ev­ery­one’s still re­ally en­joy­ing play­ing gigs, so the only thing you re­ally have to con­cen­trate on is the or­der of the set. But get­ting to­gether for an al­bum and be­ing cre­ative and work­ing it out . . . well, it’s gonna be big. It’s got to be re­ally big.”

The Castlepalooza Mu­sic & Arts Fes­ti­val takes place in Charleville Cas­tle, Tul­lam­ore, Co Of­faly, from Au­gust 3rd-5th. The Char­la­tans head­line on Sun­day, Au­gust 5th

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