Interview: Wake Up! The Boo Radleys are coming to Bedford…

The Boo Radleys were clanging guitars with a shoegaze/Britpop sound in the 90s, then Chris Evans got hold of their Wake Up Boo single and they were elevated to another level.

The band have recently reformed and we got to speak to singer/guitarist Sice prior to their gig at Bedford Esquires in April.

Bedford Clanger: Played Bedford before?
Sice: We’ve played Bedford a few times but that was 30 years ago.

BC: You reformed last year? How was that under the circumstances?
S: It started in 2019 when I was chatting to Tim at a party, my 50th, he’d written some songs and I’d written some too and we put them together and ended up with 10 to 20 songs.

And we thought what shall we do with them? Then the Pandemic kicked in but thanks to technology we could work remotely, with Zoom, as geographically we’re spread around the country.

BC: What were you up to between albums?
S: I trained and became a psychologist plus I was involved with making music with other artists but not too seriously. And we had a family.

BC: Any tales from Creation Records days?
S: It was all a tale! It was a rags-to-riches story. It started off small scale ìn Hackney, with My Bloody Valentine, us and Jesus and Mary Chain, then Ride and then Oasis which is when it peaked and everything changed.

There was lots of partying with people that worked there behind the scenes.

BC: How were the first reformed gigs?
S: Brilliant! Music business isn’t really my thing but playing live is. It’s fantastic playing to new and old fans after 22 years.

BC: What music are you listening to at the moment?
S: Lots of stuff, I listen to songs, not acts. I really like the Wet Leg song Chaise Longue plus Courtney Barnett…

BC: Favourite meal?
S: There’s a dish we cook, pumpkin, in a slow cooker, with onions and rosemary and other herbs – a cobbler – it’s a hearty dish…plus I like Greek and Japanese food.

BC: What was in the box? (A 1996 Boo Radleys song).
S: Ha! Well, It was out around the same time as the Seven film, so I like to say [spoler alert – Ed] Gwenyth Paltrow’s head!

The Boo Radleys play Esquires on Thursday 21 April, tickets are £17 from Slide Records, Esquires bar and seetickets.com

 

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