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Three-piece returns to Inverness and Forres in new album tour

By Margaret Chrystall

SCOUTING For Girls return to the Highlands for a series of dates in November including Inverness and Forres.

Tickets are now on sale for the dates Thursday, November 7 at Inverness Ironworks, and Friday, November 8 at the Loft, Forres.

During their last tour Scouting For Girls played to more people than they’ve ever played to before. They were celebrating 10 years since they first released their 2007 self-titled debut, a record that went on to become triple platinum and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of She’s So Lovely, Elvis Ain’t Dead and Heartbeat.

The 2017 Ten Add Ten record bundled that now-classic debut with 10 new songs.

“We had such a huge age range across the audience for that tour, from kids to people who’ve grown up listening to us,” explained vocalist Roy Stride. “It was such a lovely feeling. It almost feels like you’re playing to family. It was actually more fun than we’ve ever had before, but I find that with the band. The longer it goes on, the more fun it becomes.”

Friends since they were five, drummer Pete Ellard, Bassist Greg Churchouse and Roy have never changed to chase success. Success came to them. They’ve never followed what others are doing, preferring to focus on themselves and make the music they want to make.

Roy said: “We love making music that connects with people in a really fun, happy way. I love writing songs which I know are going to connect with ten thousand people in a field.

“We’ve always been an amazing party band. We’re the band playing in the middle of the afternoon at a festival, that everyone wants to see because they know it’s going to be fun. They know it’s going to be a laugh.

“I really enjoy looking at what we’ve done, but I also enjoy where we are at the moment. It is a very happy place to be.” And that is reflected in new album The Trouble With Boys, they feel.

It is released on September 20 and follows on from lead single Grown Up, which was co-written with James Blunt.

Sparked by the reflection that their 10-year anniversary caused, their fifth album sees Scouting for Girls looking back and feeling lucky.

“So many bands don’t get to do this.

“Being in a band almost feels like you’ve gone to Neverland,” the singer said.

“You never have to grow up.”

Tickets go on sale from Wednesday, July 17 at 9am from beyondpresents.co.uk, ticketmaster.co.uk, in person from venues and Sound & Vision Elgin (Forres).

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