INDIE rock trio The Subways are preparing for a UK tour in October.
Singer and guitarist Billy Lunn, bassist and singer Charlotte Cooper and drummer Josh Morgan formed the group in 2003 in their hometown of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire,
Quickly building up a strong live reputation, they were signed to an off-shoot of Warner Brothers, and began working on their debut album, Young For Eternity.
After conquering Britain they toured America incessantly – but nodules on Billy’s vocal cords meant they had to stop everything until he recovered from an operation.
Their second album, All Or Nothing, came out last month. For more details on their tour, check out www.thesubways.net
Where are you? Cologne in Germany. We’re on tour here at the moment. The live shows have been going really and the new songs have been going down brilliantly. We’re very active on stage and I throw myself off speaker stacks and things, so the crowds love all that.
Does it still surprise you going to another country and thousands of people turn up to watch you? Yes. It’s surprising wherever we go that people come and see us. We still consider everything a big blessing. None of us were ever cool when we were in school, ever, so to finally have a bunch of people who understand us is amazing.
How excited were you to release the new album? It was brilliant. It was totally finished in January, so we’ve been ready to go for such a long time. We just couldn’t wait. I don’t think we were scared, just excited. It was such a different feeling to when Young For Eternity came out. We were so young when that was made, I was only 19, and Charlotte and Josh were 18, and all three of us were petrified. We’re so much more assertive now, after nearly three years of touring and everything else we’ve been through.
How do you feel about Young For Eternity now, three years on? It’s really flawed but I love that. I love the fact I can look back at it and see what’s wrong with it, and then look forward to the future and realise that we’ve made our mistakes and we’re learning from them. That’s what All Or Nothing is about, carrying on, learning from your mistakes and trying to become a better person as you do it.
A lot’s changed in music since 2005. Downloading has become more prominent, for example. Does the music scene feel different? Yes, massively. When we first came out, we were almost criticised for being so young. Now, you look around and there are so many young bands about. There’s been a revolution in the way people consume music, which was why we gave our first single Girls And Boys away as a free download. More than anything, it’s been three years since our last album, and there are a lot of fans who’ve waited for it and been loyal, so we wanted to say thanks to those people.
You and Charlotte were engaged, but you split up between the two records being released. A lot of the songs on the new album are about the split. How hard is it singing them? It’s not hard at all, the songs are a celebration, really. I think of myself as a really positive person and like every person I get upset about certain things, but you have to realise the beauty in that. Being sad can sometimes be really beautiful, because it’s amazing to feel that way. When I’m on stage, singing about all the regret and pain I was feeling when we broke up, I can celebrate that because I don’t feel it any more and if I hadn’t have felt like that when we split up, then it would have been a shame. We’re still in a band together too, we’ve moved on and we’re happy, so that’s definitely something to celebrate.