All grown up

For­mer boy band Busted are back to­gether, have a new al­bum out and are on a UK tour. Dun­can Sea­man re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC -

Back at the turn of the Mil­len­nium Busted were Bri­tain’s big­gest boy band, notch­ing up four Num­ber One sin­gles, two mil­lion-sell­ing al­bums and a pair of Brit Awards be­fore singer and gui­tarist Char­lie Simp­son left to con­cen­trate on his al­ter­na­tive rock group Fight­star.

A decade later they’ve re­u­nited with a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent, 80s-in­flu­enced elec­tronic sound that’s more re­flec­tive of their thirty-some­thing tastes, and an im­age that’s a far cry from their pop punk past.

Hav­ing been stead­fastly op­posed to a re­union for many years, Simp­son ad­mits he took a lit­tle per­suad­ing by his for­mer band­mates James Bourne and Matt Wil­lis be­fore de­cid­ing to restart Busted.

“We hadn’t re­ally been in the same room for about eight years and they came round to my house a cou­ple of years ago and told me that they wanted to do some­thing again­with­the­ban­dandI­sai­dat the time it wasn’t right for me,” he says. “But we just hung out all that af­ter­noon and it just sparked some­thing.” While they waited for Simp­son to come round to their idea Bourne and Wil­lis went off and formed a short-lived su­per­group with mem­bers of McFly, but even­tu­ally, by 2015, the three mem­bers of Busted had recom­menced writ­ing songs to­gether.

“We went into the stu­dio and just had a week writ­ing and it felt very dif­fer­ent to what I imag­ined it would feel like,” says Simp­son. “I think that our cre­ative vi­sions were far more aligned than they were ten years ago.”

Quickly find­ing mu­si­cal com­mon ground cer­tainly helped. “It was the strangest thing,” Simp­son says. “I thought that would have taken long­est but it was right there straight away, which was bril­liant.”

By early 2016 the trio felt ready to record a new al­bum and headed for a stu­dio in Los An­ge­les to work with pro­ducer John Fields.

Simp­son says they didn’t start

We knew we didn’t

want to make a record that would be rem­i­nis­cent of

ten years ago.

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