Interview with Preston from The Ordinary Boys
As some of you may be aware now, The Ordinary Boys have reformed. The band will be releasing a new album, called The Ordinary Boys and will be embarking on a UK tour next month (full details at the end of this interview). The front man, Preston has generously given up some of his time to talk to us. We talk about celeb life, the new music, what its like on tour and the worse dinner party ever.
Music Eyz: Hi Preston, many thanks for taking the time to talk to Music Eyz, I know you are ridiculously busy.
Hi Music Eyz thanks for taking the time to talk to me too!
Music Eyz: So, after all this time, what has made you and the band get back together?
I think a lot of it was to do with our real jobs taking up more and more of our time, it started to seem like we would never get the chance again to tour and go to Japan and hang out in the studio and all the other fun, ridiculous stuff that goes with being in a band. It was my way of making sure that my 3 best friends had to spend lots of quality time with me and they weren’t allowed to leave at least until the tour was over and the record was out!
Music Eyz: Your music was very British with a bit of a fun factor last time around. What can we expect from this new album?
As a band we always listened to much more American music. My family is actually American and I have an American passport. But being from Worthing we always had an unshakeable Britishness that I like to think is still there. It’s more of a straight up punk album this time. We wanted to create something with as little pretence as we could this time around.
Music Eyz: I have heard your new single Four Letter Word and think its great by the way. But can you explain your inspiration behind it?
Thanks! This song is all about that guitar riff for me. I’m allowed to say how much I love it because Louis wrote that bit.
Music Eyz: So the Ordinary Boys are back, but with a slightly changed line-up, can you explain why and how it happened?
I had met Louis while his old band Spectrals were supporting the Cribs and we had so much in common, especially musically, I just knew instantly that if I was ever to make another Ordinary Boys record this was how I should do it.
Music Eyz: How is the new dynamic working out? Did if take a while to get the chemistry right?
He instantly started talking in the in-joke heavy patter that any band can’t help but adopt. He’s so funny and clever but in a way that probably appeals to the other 3 of us more than any one else.
Music Eyz: So you have been doing a lot of great writing work over the past decade or so, how have you found that as opposed to being a front man?
I quite like that I could just get fat and be rude in public if I wanted to. I mean, I want to do neither of those things. But in general I feel very much in control of my life and my creativity in a way that I hadn’t felt before. But also I miss is terribly, but almost definitely will un-miss it pretty quickly. That’s the circle of life or whatever I guess.
Music Eyz: What song, that you have written, are you most proud of and why?
Maybe Heart Skips A Beat by Olly Murs. Maybe because I can’t get it out of my own head quite a lot. And that’s where it came from! I did a couple of quick songs for the iTunes bonus version of the new Ordinary Boys record that I did in a couple of hours Creep On Me and I Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up which I’m really proud of.
Music Eyz: It must be difficult to stay fresh in your writing, what do you do to make sure you always write credible material?
As a writer I try not to worry too much about trends in music. Other wise I would have had to worry about Dubstep and Future Garage and what have you. I think a good song is pretty timeless. I suppose that’s what happened to the Ordinary Boys on the last album. I was confused about what to do about where I saw music going, when I could have just made a punk rock album and be done with it!
Music Eyz: We couldn’t really go through an interview without going back to the celeb phase. What made you go on Celeb BB and would you reconsider it if you had a second chance?
They asked me if I was up for it and I was. I don’t quite think I would be able to handle it at this point in my life. I’m quite fond of my peace and quiet and honestly I would miss work. Maybe I’ll do the ice one and then I can catch up on my work in the day.
Music Eyz: What was it like having a relationship very much in the public eye?
Music Eyz: Anyway, back to the music. You are on tour right? Can you tell me what we can expect?
Our shows have always been really energetic. Those first few tours back in 2003/2004 were insane and such a good time in my life. Even though we are still a relatively young band (I’m the only one over 30!) it’s going to be a massive memory trigger for me.
Music Eyz: What does it mean to be going back on tour again?
At this point I’m going to miss my coffee machine and my nutri-bullet and the gym honestly. But I’m so happy to be going back on the road and really grateful that I have the band and the audience to allow it. I’m really excited. James has to take it as his annual holiday and that’s really how it feels.
Music Eyz: The buzz of performing live must be up there. How does it compare to the buzz you get from success in your recorded music?
It’s nice because the moment is so brief and then disappears forever. It just exists in the memories of me and the people at the show. And Instagram.
Music Eyz: Are Ordinary Boys here to stay this time?
Dunno. I’d like to imagine that we will just keep doing a tour and an album every couple of years from now on. I guess it depends on the reception to this one. I like the idea of keeping her alive though for sure.
Music Eyz: What is your favourite ever film?
Music Eyz: If you could have written any song ever written, what would it be and why?
I Love how you Love Me– Paris Sisters. Perfect song as far as I’m concerned.
Music Eyz: What is your favourite football team?
Music Eyz: Who is the messiest band member in Ordinary Boys?
We are all pretty tidy actually. Maybe Louis just because he is the youngest.
Music Eyz: Who is the least fame hungry in the band?
We are all pretty stuffed at this point. It’s another draw.
Music Eyz: What is your worse habit?
I’m a bit of a collector and I’m at the point where it’s bordering on hoarding. Mainly records and comics but just way way way too many.
Music Eyz: If you could have a dinner party with four people living or dead, who would they be and why?
Four dead people doesn’t really matter who cos they are dead. That way there’s more food and wine for me.
Music Eyz: What possession couldn’t you live without?
Right now back to sensibility
Music Eyz: What acts are you aware of that are up and coming that we should keep an eye out for?
MJ from Hookwoms produced half of our record and his band is great. Also Rory from Warm Brains produced the other half and he has a new record out soon. Also very brilliant.
Music Eyz: Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
Is is boring if I say Morrissey? Probably Morrissey.
Music Eyz: What does the future hold for Preston and The Ordinary Boys?
Hopefully now that we are risen again just more records and more tours whenever we have time.
Music Eyz: Is there any message you would like to leave for the readers of Music Eyz and fans of the Ordinary Boys?
Music Eyz: Can you follow us on Twitter please? Ha ha
UK TOUR DATES:
21st Oct The Cavern Exeter
22nd Oct The Fleece Bristol
23rd Oct Also Known As Banbury
24th Oct The Joiners Southampton
25th Oct Bowery District Reading
27th Oct The Haunt Brighton
28th Oct Mr Kryps Bournemouth
29th Oct The Bullingdon Oxford
30th Oct Brixton Jamm London
31st Oct The Square Harlow
1st Nov Waterfront Norwich
3rd Nov Copper Room2 Coventry
4th Nov Soundhouse Leicester
5th Nov The Globe Cardiff
6th Nov Live Room Chester
7th Nov The Sugarmill Stoke
8th Nov Night & Day Manchester
10th Nov The Old Courts Wigan
11th Nov Think Tank Newcastle
12th Nov Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
13th Nov PJ Molloys Dunfermline
14th Nov King Tuts Glasgow
15th Nov The Duchess York
16th Nov The Hop Wakefield
17th Nov The Adelphi Hull
18th Nov The Platform Lincoln
19th Nov The Plug Sheffield