It is now a decade since The Subways swaggered their way into the limelight as the precocious upstarts of British rock music with their 2005 debut ‘Young For Eternity.’ Now in their late ’20s, Billy Lunn (guitar, vocals), Charlotte Cooper (bass, vocals) and Josh Morgan (drums) have been through enough to look back and work out where the terrain was rough and where it was smooth. The band’s new self-titled record feels like both a full stop and a new chapter. It is an album armed with a resurgent spirit and independent vigour. The Subways don’t do coasting: for Lunn, Cooper and Morgan, it’s do or die.
Their new record began to take shape before a song was written. Sitting in a café with his bandmates and manager, Lunn jokingly suggested that to save himself the arduous and exhaustive demo’ing proces, he could produce it himself. Much to his surprise, everyone around the table agreed. When the obsessive Lunn says he’s going to do something, there are no half measures: The Subways’ new album has been produced, mixed, engineered and written by the frontman. “I’m a total control freak,” he says. “I said I’d do it without thinking of the consequences of getting the recording stuff together and all the organisational stuff,” he says.
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