The man now known as Brave Captain is glad he's still friends with his old bandmates...

MARTIN CARR, former Boo Radleys guitarist and songwriter, has denied that the

split of his former band was linked with the concurrent demise of CREATION RECORDS.

Rumours at the time suggested that the Boo Radleys split due to poor sales of


their final album ‘Kingsize’. However, speaking exclusively to NME.COM on

the eve of his first solo tour as Brave Captain, Carr said: “It had nothing to

do with Creation, it was just that we’d had enough. I decided halfway through

making the last album that I didn’t want to do any more. You just get to that

point where you don’t want to do it, and I wanted to do it before we fell out

and while we were still mates.”


He added: “I hadn’t thought about what I wanted to do, I just knew what I didn’t want to

do. When we split the band up I didn’t do anything for a year, I just watched

telly. I was always writing songs, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with


However, Carr admitted that Creation Records – wound up by Alan McGee in 1999,

had come to its natural end.

Carr admits: “I didn’t go in the offices much towards the end

because it was a bit of a miserable place to be. I was upset when it finished

just because I was on the label for eight years and since I was 16, 17 I’d loved

Creation Records, so I had a lot of emotional interest in there and it was

sad. But at the same time it was better than carrying on when they didn’t want

to carry on, it was the same thing with the Boos.”

Under his solo guise of Brave Captain, Carr has a mini-album –‘The Fingertip Saint Sessions Volume 1’out now, while his full-length debut ‘The Fingertip Saint Sessions Volume 2: Go With Yourself’ was released on October 9 through Wichita Recordings. He

is currently rehearsing for his debut solo tour, the dates for which are as


Southampton Joiners Arms (November 2)

Northampton Roadmenders (3)

Ashton Under Lyne Witchwood (5)

Leicester Princess Charlotte (6)

York Fibbers (7)

Derby Victoria (8)

London Highbury Garage (9)

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