Our song is has its own

Warwickshire Telegraph - - MUSIC -

You re­leased an al­bum af­ter 18 years – and many peo­ple are say­ing it’s the best record you’ve done. Would you agree with that?

It’s the one I’m most happy with, yeah I’m proud of it. We re­ally tried to make the best record we could. Is it the best record we’ve done? I don’t know, I haven’t re­ally lis­tened to the first 4 to be hon­est (laugh­ing),

It’s def­i­nitely been get­ting the best re­views and the best re­ac­tion. Yeah, a lot of peo­ple have got­ten very ex­cited about it, which is wicked.

It’s the first record you did with Jesse Wood (gui­tar). What do you feel he brought to the record?

Def­i­nitely his writ­ing. Jesse’s brought a whole new bunch of en­ergy to the band. When you’ve been play­ing with peo­ple for a long time, you fall into the roles of how you should be, like maybe with your mum and dad. You act a cer­tain way. But when one guy leaves and an­other guy joins, it’s new blood. You can re­mould your­self, you can be dif­fer­ent.

So, yeah, he’s brought in a new dy­namic, and a new en­ergy, which is fan­tas­tic. Chang­ing the blood has made all the dif­fer­ence with re­gard to writ­ing. It just means you can start again re­ally, so yeah, it’s ex­cit­ing and Jesse has been bril­liant.

On the al­bum, you teamed up with Sh­eryl Crow for the track My Sweet Love. How did that come about?

It was (pro­ducer) Ge­orge Drak­ou­lias’s idea to have her on the al­bum. He sug­gested that maybe the song that was good for a duet. Ge­orge is usu­ally right, so I said, “Yup! No prob­lem”. He said, “I’m go­ing to make a phone call”, and he rung Sh­eryl Crow, like only Ge­orge can, and she said yeah.

So Ge­orge sent her the song, she loved it, and sung it within two weeks. I was in my house in Som­er­set by then, Ge­orge was in New York and Sh­eryl was in Nash­ville, so we were all on Skype or what­ever. Yeah, she nailed it. Her voice sounds beau­ti­ful, it gives me shiv­ers. She’s su­per tal­ented.

Do you think maybe one day you’ll team up to per­form it to­gether live?

Yeah, that would be fun, wouldn’t it? We’ve got to be in the same part of the world at the same time that’s the thing! She came to the UK re­cently but we were in Ja­pan or some­where. Maybe one day!

Ear­lier this year, you took part in the Brit Rock Must Be De­stroyed Tour with The Wild­hearts and Ter­rorvi­sion. Were they all your mates back in the day as well? Was it a kind of re­union?

No, they weren’t re­ally, not that they were my en­e­mies ei­ther. I mean, it was quite com­bat­ive back then, it was pretty glad­i­a­to­rial. Bands sort of glared at each other quite of­ten, all that stuff. I was never mates with them and to be hon­est, I didn’t re­ally know a huge amount about their mu­sic ei­ther.

The idea of the tour came up, we said, “yep, that sounds fun”, and I’ll tell you what, we had the best time. The shows were big and sold out, and the crowd were ex­cited. Some nights there were more peo­ple there to see Reef, and some nights there were peo­ple that maybe wanted to see Ter­rorvi­sion or Wild­hearts more, and that was cool, it kind of kept it edgy and ex­cit­ing.

We need to talk about the legacy of Place Your Hands.

How do you feel about the song look­ing back and the fact that it still gets played and ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery­where to­day?

I’m stoked! I’m re­ally happy with it. You know it’s got its own Twit­ter page, right? You can go on there, @ placey­ourhands, and see how many it’s sold each week. Yeah, it’s crazy that the song still sells roughly 1,000 records a week. It goes all over the world.

That’s good, be­cause some bands grow to hate their mopst pop­u­lar songs. You’re not one of those then?

Not at all, not at all. No, gen­uinely, I love it. I don’t even un­der­stand that. I guess if you weren’t happy with what you’ve done and it be­came re­ally suc­cess­ful then that could maybe be a bit of a grind, but so what? It makes other peo­ple happy, and it puts a few quid in your pocket. Maybe some peo­ple are bit more up­tight about all that sort of stuff, but for me, I love lis­ten­ing to it. Not many weeks go by where I don’t get a story, ei­ther through the in­ter­net or in the pub or bump­ing into some­one, “Oh, I was in Ade­laide and I heard Place Your Hands at this bar at 3am, and the whole place went up” or “I was in Abu Dhabi in a restau­rant and it come on”. It’s wicked! It’s the way it con­nects to peo­ple, man.

You grew up in Glas­ton­bury, and you’re com­ing to play Frome on the tour. Will that feel like a home­com­ing gig for you? Have you played Frome be­fore?

Yeah, we’ve played it a cou­ple of times be­fore. We’ve had some re­ally good nights, it’s a re­ally cool room ac­tu­ally. We’ve had some re­ally sweaty nights there. You know, legs in the air and beer on the ceil­ing, and big smiles. Yeah, I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

Rock band Reef have re­turned with their first al­bum in 18 years, Rev­e­la­tion. Fri­day Live caught up front­man Gary Stringer

You made this al­bum af­ter 18 years. It’s not go­ing to be an­other 18 years be­fore you re­lease an­other one, surely?

I would hope not! We took about seven years off for a start.

Is the plan to keep go­ing? Yeah, I think so! I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my­self at the mo­ment. Re­ally ex­cited by the mu­sic and it’s re­ally, re­ally cool.


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