Mutya Keisha Siobhan: ‘We could have claimed back Sugababes name if we wanted’

Reunited trio are preparing for their comeback gig at London's Scala tomorrow night (August 1)

The original Sugababes – now known as Mutya Keisha Siobhan – have insisted that they could have taken back the name of the long-running girlband if they had wanted to.

Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy – the founding members of Sugababes – reunited last year (2012) to record a new album as Mutya Keisha Siobhan. The trio have recently unveiled their first single since reuniting, ‘Flatline’, and are preparing for their comeback gig at London’s Scala tomorrow night (August 1).

During an interview with BBC News, the band explained why they have chosen to record new material using the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan. “We could have had the [Sugababes] name if we wanted to go and get it, I guess, but we didn’t feel like we needed it,” Buchanan said. “I feel like there was so much emphasis on ‘the name’, and we sort of wanted it to be about us.”

Comparing the sound of their currently untitled new album, due next year, to Sugababes’ 2000 debut ‘One Touch’, Donaghy said: “The music’s moved on and it’s contemporary, so it’s not similar to ‘One Touch’ in that sense. What it is similar is that we’ve chosen lots of different genres of music that we’re able to put together on one album that still sounds like a body of work.”

Mutya Keisha Siobhan release ‘Flatline’, which was produced by Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, and features backing vocals from Fred MacPherson of Spector, on September 1. A Klaxons remix of the track was unveiled last week (July 25).