BAND EYE ROLE IN SONG CON­TEST

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - Grace Chatto ABBA El­ton John

CLEAN Ban­dit will have to get used to “nul points” if their next project comes off.

The band, back in the Top 10 with sec­ond al­bum What Is Love?, dream of land­ing a Euro­vi­sion smash.

But rather than help­ing the UK get over its Euro­vi­sion slum­ber they are eye­ing a po­lit­i­cally con­tentious ri­val.

told me: “We have never been ap­proached to do Euro­vi­sion but it could be rather in­ter­est­ing.

“I would like to write one for Rus­sia or some­thing. That would be fun.”

I’m sure Pres­i­dent Putin would be de­lighted to have a Bri­tish band help pro­mote his na­tion’s mu­si­cal tal­ent.

It’s no won­der Clean Ban­dit are par­tial to a bit of Euro­vi­sion, af­ter all they are huge nuts. And they can’t wait to see the super Swedes make their come­back with new mu­sic and a holo­gram tour in 2019.

Ahead of Clean Ban­dit’s ap­pear­ance at Cap­i­tal’s Jin­gle Bell Ball in Lon­don to­day, Grace gushed: “I was so ex­cited when they an­nounced new songs, I’m a mas­sive ABBA fan. That was a great day.”

Ever busy, the group also told me ear­lier this year they were work­ing on mu­sic for a sit­com and hope to write a mu­si­cal as well.

And they still want to fin­ish their long-mooted col­lab­o­ra­tion which failed to make the lat­est al­bum.

Re­fer­ring to the Piano Man’s farewell tour, Grace added: “I didn’t know El­ton was re­tir­ing, I’ve been out of the loop.

“I hope we get to fin­ish our song with him be­fore then, we started it a long time ago. He’s such an amaz­ing mu­si­cian. The longevity of his ca­reer is so in­spi­ra­tional. We are such fans of his mu­sic.” What Is Love? al­ready con­tains three No1 sin­gles plus three other hits. But Clean Ban­dit be­lieve they have only just dis­cov­ered their per­fect sound.

Grace ex­plained: “We are al­ways throw­ing back to the 1990s – sub­lim­i­nally, not de­lib­er­ately.

“I think we re­ally hit upon some­thing with Rock­abye – a lot of the songs on this al­bum are in that Rock­abye world.

“This is the first time we have used gui­tar like this. We have been writ­ing a few songs over the last cou­ple of months with gui­tar.”

So af­ter Euro­vi­sion, per­haps we can look for­ward to that heavy metal Clean Ban­dit LP.

Hear high­lights from all of Cap­i­tal’s Jin­gle Bell Ball on Cap­i­tal ra­dio sta­tions to­day and through­out next week.

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