A Q&A with Greg Churchouse from Scouting For Girls

Posted: Wednesday 10 May 2017

2017 officially marks the 10th anniversary of Scouting For Girls' unstoppable self-titled debut album. To commemorate the milestone, the trio will not only release a deluxe version of the record, but they'll also take to the road. Here's what bassist, Greg Churchouse had to say ahead of Scouting For Girls' massive headline tour this November.

What are you most looking forward to about going on the road for the anniversary?
"I think playing the first album but to a whole new group of people coming to the shows.The feeling we got playing the first tour was absolutely amazing and now that we’re actually better musicians and better performers it’s going to be even better – so hopefully the old guard will come along and bring a bunch of new friends."
 
Demand for your Valentine’s Day gig at Bush Hall this year was extraordinary.  Why do you think your fans have stayed so loyal to you?
"That’s a good question – I think it’s down to Roy’s canny ability to make songs that people really want to sing along to and that put a smile on your face and make you happy. There’s nothing downbeat about a SFG gig."
 
What’s your favourite song from that album?
"You know what, I think it’s Heartbeat. When we went into the studio to record it, we weren’t too sure - we’d actually dropped it from a live set previously- then our producer did some jiggery with it, and kind of chopped a couple of bits out and mixed some stuff around. It’s such an in-your-face, happy song and from the first note you play it live, it just goes absolutely mental."
 
Will you be playing any new material on this tour?
"We still have several more briefing sessions in the pub with ale to decide that, so we’re going to have to get back to you on that one."
 
What would you say has been your highlight of the past decade?
"There are just too many to mention! I suppose the biggest one would be signing the record deal- that was just the most amazing feeling and then phoning up my boss going ‘I’m really sorry but I’m not going to be coming into work on Monday, we just signed a record deal with Sony' he still phoned me back and asked me if I could work and I was like ‘No I told you I can’t, I’m sorry!’."
 
When you’re not performing how do you keep yourself busy? 
"I’m not gonna lie, there is a lot of time spent in the pub."
 
What has been your favourite gig that you’ve been to? And what’s your favourite gig you’ve ever played?
"Favourite gig I ever went to was seeing the Stone Roses at Wembley Arena – that me and Roy went to see, that was absolutely phenomenal. Best gig we’ve played will probably be our gig that we played at Wembley Arena. It’s just the most iconic venue in the world- for someone who was born in West London!"
 
At the moment, what other artists are you listening to?
"Generally I kind of like the whole good ol days of Britpop in the 90’s- Shed Seven, Suede I’ve found this 90’s playlist on Apple Music and literally haven’t listened to anything else!"
 
What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago when you signed your record deal?
"Try and remember to take more photos. Don’t drink too much so you can remember it."
 
How are festival appearances for you? Do you like coming back to V festival?
"Oh totally, especially V because I think we’ve played that the most out of any festivals. It’s always the most special festival I think, because we’re kind of late on in the summer, the crowd are always well up for it – we were chatting about it literally about an hour ago that the last time we played we were on at like half 12 and even then everybody was up for having a good time."
 
Any messages for the fans?
"A massive thank you for all the years of support and for just being so lovely and thank you for buying tickets for the new tour it’s going to be absolutely amazing."

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Scouting For Girls live as they take to the road this November and December. Get your tickets here:

O2 ABC Glasgow, 3 November 2017 - O2 Academy Sheffield, 10 November 2017 - O2 Academy Leeds, 11 November 2017 - O2 Academy Bournemouth, 17 November 2017 - O2 Academy Newcastle, 24 November 2017 - O2 Academy Liverpool, 27 November 2017 - O2 Academy Leicester, 28 November 2017 - O2 Academy Oxford, 30 November 2017 - O2 Academy Birmingham, 2 December 2017 - O2 Academy Bristol, 4 December 2017 - O2 Ritz Manchester, 5 December 2017