Interview with The Undertones
This is an exclusive backstage interview at Concorde 2 with Paul McLoone (vocals) and Mickey Bradley (bass) of 70’s punk rock band: The Undertones. We met the band before soundcheck on the last day of the 2011 UK tour in Brighton, December 10th.
If you could sum up your most recent album to our readers how would you describe it? Paul McLoone: Our most recent record was in 2007 Dig Yourself Deep. And what we are doing with this tour is celebrating the fact that this band has been in existence for 35 years. So it’s really about that in combination with celebrating the debut album that came out back in the very late part of the 1970’s called The Undertones. So we’re playing that in total and some other songs obviously because it’s not a very long record. We’re working on a new record but it’s not even at the beginning stages just yet. It’s kind of before the beginning. We’ve ‘demoed’ some songs but we’re a long way away from having a new record.
Mickey Bradley: But the last two albums from 2005 and 2007 are now available digitally for the first time on itunes
Paul: Very good. I was just about to point that out, no I wasn’t. Mickey is much more on the ball.
Tell us something about your latest album Dig Yourself Deep that you’re celebrating this tour with. Paul McLoone: Another very short, fast record which is what we do.
What are your plans for 2012? Paul McLoone: To make a new record. As I say, we haven’t really knuckled down to it yet but, you know, we’ve got some good songs knocking around. Damien O’Neill our guitar player has some good musical ideas. John our main songwriter has some good songs. And Michael here I am sure will come up with a few good ones as well which is the way it usually happens. At some point in 2012 we obviously would like to get in the studio and see what we’ve got.
How have you enjoyed the tour? Paul McLoone: It’s been really really good. We’re always grateful to see so many familiar faces that turn up to see us after all these years. This is actually the second phase of the tour that started back in April really. It’s kind of the sequel tour where we did London, Birmingham and Manchester in April and all those kind of places. And then we did smaller places this autumn/winter term. But it’s been great so far.
Written by Louise Ronnestad