The Ordinary Boys‘ frontman Preston, has confirmed that the recently reformed band’s forthcoming new album sounds like an “extension” of their first LP.
Speaking to NME, Preston explained that the record – their fourth – is currently sounding like their 2004 debut ‘Over The Counter Culture’. “It is definitely first album sounding, it just sort of sounds like an extension of that so I’m really happy about that,” said the singer, who has recently written songs for Olly Murs and Chloe Howl.
Discussing the progress of the new album, their first since 2006’s ‘How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps’, he commented: “We’ve demoed seven songs. It’s going to be out in November. We’ve locked that in. We did a one off gig at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in December and the original label that signed us, B-Unique, they were like, ‘you have to do a new album’ – it was their suggestion. I was a bit terrified of having to do the self-release thing – it’s like something Mel C would do.”
The band split in 2008, reforming for a brief tour in 2011. They will also tour the UK this November, playing nine dates across the country, starting at Manchester Ruby Lounge on November 18, and visiting Glasgow, London, Leeds and more. They are now joined by former Spectrals man Louis Jones – pictured – on guitar. Jones dissolved Spectrals in 2013.
“I’d seen Spectrals playing with The Cribs and met Louis and thought his band were so good,” said Preston of the band’s new member. “I just emailed him out of the blue and he was just really up for it. It turns out that he listens to all the old hardcore and 90s emo that we used to really like. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that are really good. When we were doing our second and third album we were trying to write stuff that wasn’t necessarily music we’d grown up listening to, which was all that ’90s emo, we’re of that generation.”
The Ordinary Boys released their debut album ‘Over The Counter Culture’ 10 years ago in the summer of 2004. It was followed in 2005 by ‘Brassbound’. Frontman Preston famously featured on the 2006 series of Celebrity Big Brother, going on to marry his co-star Chantelle Houghton. The pair were divorced in 2007. Preston released a solo album ‘Whatever Forever’ in 2009.
The Ordinary Boys will play:
Manchester Ruby Lounge (November 18)
Newcastle Think Tank (19)
Glasgow King Tuts (21)
Leeds Cockpit (22)
Birmingham Hare & Hounds (23)
Nottingham Bodega (25)
London XOYO (26)
Bristol Louisiana (27)
Southampton Joiners (28)