"It's a shame they have to make the bar look like something
out of Red Dwarf," announces Preston, lead singer and
guitarist of The Ordinary Boys.
The second bar at the Roadmenders does look a bit naff. Though
later tonight it will be closed for the sold out gig, so no-one
will notice it. It's also empty, apart from a number of silver
chairs and matching tables. Although it is open there's no-one
serving beer. I politely offer a better environment. A nip
to a local pub for a quick pint?
"I don't drink before a gig," explains Preston.
"I might make a fool of myself on stage." He smiles
above his jacket top, fully zipped to the chin. "We can
go if you want?" he offers. "Though William will
be joining us soon."
We agree to stay sitting at the tables in the middle of the
room and start the interview. A slight pause for breath and
even before the dictaphone is out Preston informs me that
the band performed two gigs at the Electric Ballroom. Happily
he explains further with a huge smile that Terry Hall from
'The Specials' joined them on stage. It's something still
in his system that he thoroughly enjoyed. I give brief details
of the NME's report on the event including the mention of
the dedication of 'So Charming' to twenty or so Japanese fans
that flew over just for the gig.
"Maybe I'm setting my sights too high," he begins.
"I feel that this is really small. Sometimes when people
see you on television they do think of you as this big successful
band with loads of money. We don't have any money and I see
these current gigs as quite intimate. It's quite a small venue
many people but it's annoying when they have to put a barrier
up two metres from the stage for some legal reason. It's like
you want to see the whites of people's eyes and that you have to squint to see everyone.
I really like the idea of a gig being personal and everyone
is really close to each other and everything. Hence the reason
why we go out and talk to people." >>