Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

And another good review from the album!!!

Over a year has already passed since McBusted became a thing. However, it is fair to say that nobody, not even the six members of the boyband melange, anticipated such a phenomenal response to the union of two of the definitive British ‘boy bands’ of the last two decades. Having sold out an Arena tour, been the subject of a TV documentary and even released their own tour docu-film, McBusted have finally arrived at the point that determines the future of the project. With their tour having been a pseudo Greatest Hits exploration of both the bands, McBusted’s eponymous debut is the cumulation of a year’s work in finding the band’s own identity. Having kicked off their campaign with the Busted-leaning punk pop anthem ‘Air Guitar’, the band’s ever expanding and fiercely loyal fanbase are more than ready to learn if that is the general direction of the outfit, or if it was a misleading starting point.

For those wanting to know the bigger picture before the finer details are explored, ‘Air Guitar’ was a well pitched introductory track. McBusted are neither Busted nor McFly, but the term punk pop is more closely aligned to their debut effort than breezy playful pop.

However McBusted are far from one trick ponies. As their live shows so astutely demonstrated, McBusted understand the importance of switching up the dynamics. With the band boasting more than one skilled vocalist and more than one skilled songwriter, it is clear from the very first listen of McBusted that the band is without a diva element. Allowing each member a time to shine on each song, they bring out the best in each other in the name of musical enjoyment.

While it may be a cliché that is banded around on TV talent shows far too often, there is an element of truth to a listener enjoying listening to a performance more just through knowing that the performers are having the time of their lives delivering it. As their tour showed, McBusted are revelling in each moment of their union, and that thrill has been carried across to their debut release. With an infectious air, McBusted manage to deal with their past, present and future in an album that has compelling honesty at its core and irrepressible anthems as its theme.

Given that James Bourne and Matt Willis may not have had the ride of their life when teamed up with Charlie Simpson, who was always seen as the vocalist of Busted, they are determined to make up for lost time. On the inspired ‘What Happened To Your Band’ they address their post-Busted blues in a riotous rant-along that will have you moshing along whether in the car, the shower or walking down the street. Although they address the reaction to their split and the way the public perceived them, they do so with the underlying tongue-in-cheek that has always set them apart from their contemporaries.

Although it is the bands sense of humour that catapults McBusted into the irresistible territory, it is surprisingly the tender ‘Beautiful Girls Are The Loneliest’ that is on the album’s brightest shining gems. As with Busted’s ‘Sleeping With The Light On’ and McFly’s ‘All About You’ / ‘Love Is Easy’, McBusted show that they are men who are unafraid of their sensitive side. While everyone wants to party with this saucy sextet, it is their ability to connect on more than one level that makes them such an excitingly addictive prospect.

With a real sense that they are a pop act with a love of punk and rock, McBusted is an amazingly rounded debut. Although it features wonderful guest appearances from the boys’ musical hero Mark Hoppus (‘Hate Your Guts’), the band are at their strongest when they are bouncing off each other. From exploring the poppy tease of ‘Sensitive Guy’ to the slow burn sensation of ‘How’s My Hair?’ and the excitable ‘Get Over It’, McBusted prove that the year long wait was more than worth it.


Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

Here’s another review of McBusted’s debut album, make sure you pre-ordered your copy on or iTunes/Amazon!!

When Busted and McFly announced they would be joining forces as the aptly-titled supergroup, McBusted, nobody could have predicted the massive success that they’d experience in such a short amount of time. In year one of the McBusted saga, the band found themselves selling out worldwide tours, and they’ve even got a documentary out too. With another huge tour already scheduled for 2015, it’s safe to say that not only have they made 2014 their year, but they’ll take full-control over next year, too – and the release of their debut album is only the icing on the sugary sweet McBusted cake.

Ever since the formation of McBusted, it was pretty obvious that they were going to put out an album someday, but it raised a very important question: is it going to sound more like Busted or McFly? Turns out, the 12-track self-titled record is a beautifully blended combination of both, and it makes for some of the best pop-rock that’ll be heard all year. Opener and first single, ‘Air Guitar’, has the songwriting presence of McFly, but vocals that are highlighted by Busted’s Matt Willis and James Bourne.

Some of the best tracks on the album are the ones that Bourne had his hands in the most. ‘What Happened To Your Band’, a track that was originally written for his former pop band Son of Dork, is re-created brilliantly from the live version that was played so many years ago, while ‘Riding on My Bike’, Bourne’s personal favorite, has a flair to it that can be compared to his electro-pop solo product, Future Boy. The album’s collaborations are also pretty noteworthy, as the band linked up with Mark Hoppus on the Blink-182-esque ‘Hate Your Guts’ and ‘Sensitive Guy’, with Hoppus providing his ever-inviting vocals to the former. Additionally, All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth is credited on the addicting ‘Get Over It’, and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo’s influence is plastered all over ‘Getting It Out’.

While McBusted is jam-packed with fast riffs and heavy hooks, it isn’t without its ballad. ‘Beautiful Girls Are The Loneliest’, a song Bourne debuted acoustically last year on his YouTube channel, slows down the record’s pace and reminds us what was so great about Busted tracks like ‘3AM’ and ‘Sleeping With The Light On’. Though the record could have used more songs in vein of ‘Beautiful Girls,’ the lack thereof is quickly forgotten about with the following pop bangers like ‘Before You Knew Me’ and ‘Back In Time’.
At the end of the day, it’s worth wondering why McBusted was McBusted and not just a Busted reunion minus Charlie Simpson. After all, McFly’s Tom Fletcher co-wrote the vast majority of Busted to begin with, so it’s something that could have worked perfectly fine. However, the star status of both acts make it undoubtedly obvious why merging made complete sense, and the album lives up to the hype immensely. The lyrics balance between awkwardly terrible and cleverly hilarious, and every song will fight each other for a spot to be stuck in your head. McBusted’s album proves that the guys are only getting better at their craft, and with such a huge career ahead of them, that’s probably the most important thing.
Joe DeAndrea


Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

Seriously their bromance is one of the cutest <3

A usual birthday for us is spent eating shed loads of cake, watching a Teen Mom marathon, eating a bit more cake, and then going to bed around 10pm. But apparently that’s not good enough for the McBusted members (fine then), who insist on getting all sorts of *help* in whilst planning Dougie Poynter’s birthday. And no, we don’t mean a clown in fancy dress or an icecream man.

In fact, Matt Willis has tonnes of other plans for Doug’s 27th birthday this weekend, despite him insisting he wasn’t keen. Asked what he had planned for his big day, Dougie said: “Maybe a bouncy castle, or a magician?”, but it seems Matt’s got other things up his sleeve.

He told The Mirror: “I’ve got a brilliant idea for Dougie’s birthday. I’m not allowed to go to strip clubs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have strippers somewhere else. A strip pub, maybe?”

Yep, so soz Ellie babes, but you might have to stay at home for this one. Matt then got all flustered when someone mentioned whether his wifey Emma would allow him to watch a strip tease (oo-er), and he replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know, let’s just not talk about it, I didn’t say that.” We’ll take that as a no, then.

Dougie also joked about getting married (noooo), and admitted he’s always thought about what dress he would wear. He confessed he would choose a Vera Wang gown, and that: “You don’t wear the dress, the dress wears you.” Let’s never talk about this again, ok?

As demonstrated by the whole stripper thanggg, Matt admitted that the band aren’t planning on growing up any time soon. He added: “What is so brilliant about McBusted is that for the last couple of years I’ve felt like I should be growing up a little bit, like, ‘Come on man, you’ve gotta get your stuff together now’.

“But suddently, I’m in a band where that is so not the rule. I can do whatever I want and it’s just fun. I want to keep doing that. Never grow up!”

CUTE. What are your thoughts on Dougie getting a stripper for his birthday? What do you think Ellie will say?


Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

The band got together after James’ on-stage epiphany

You remember McFly and Busted, right? They were those amazingbands that everyone loved. Well, they’ve now had their second coming as McBusted.

But one member in particular had a helping hand in their rebirth as one brilliant supergroup – James Bourne got the wheels turning after McFly spontaneously invited him on stage to perform at their gig.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast today, Tom Fletcher said: “McFly were on tour and James came just to hang out and we kind of convinced him into going on stage and playing some Busted songs.

“Not as a laugh, not to take the mickey out of him, but just for old times’ sake and the crowd just went nuts.”

It seems the impromptu performance had such an effect on James that he’s given it a special name, as Dougie Poynter chipped in: “He calls it his Susan Boyle moment.”

The lovely Susan wowed audiences with her first Britain’s Got Talent audition in 2009 when she gave a brilliant rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from musical Les Miserables, giving people who judged her solely on her looks a right old metaphorical slap in the face.

Tom continued: “He walked out on stage kind of looking a bit scruffy and, you know, he hadn’t had a shave, just come off the train. Everyone was like, ‘Who’s this guy?’ You know, and then he played Year 3000.”

Just a few hours later McBusted was born as their manager, who worked with both bands in their heyday, roped them into working together WHICH WE LOVE.

Matt Willis said: “I got a phone call that night, like, after James came off stage. I had two missed calls from James, which is, erm, not rare.

“Then our old manager called me. Like, Busted’s old manager who managed McFly and was like, ‘James has just been on stage and we’ve all sat down and we’ve got this idea.’

“They kind of talked me through this idea and they said, ‘Are you in?’ and I said, ‘Yeah! I’m in.’ So it’s all just kind of snowballed from there, you know, and everything’s gone nuts.”

Definitely a match made in heaven. DEFFO!


Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

They always joke about the most random things, I love it!

The ‘Air Guitar’ singers – made up of Dougie Poynter, Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd, Matt Willis and James Bourne – are keen to design a range of lingerie and have their partners model in the campaign.

Danny – who is married to former Miss England Georgia Horsley – said: “It would be hilarious to get McBusted underwear and get her to wear it. She’s done lingerie ones before so that would be really funny.”

The supergroup – formed of members of McFly and Busted – will release their self-titled debut album next month also revealed Dougie’s girlfriend, singer Ellie Goulding, has been involved in the making of their new record and encouraged the 26-year-old bassist to sing more.

Danny said: “Whatever she said worked – my missus wants me to sing more too.
“But there’s six of us singing so you have to stay out.
“Dougie has a great voice and we’ve put him up for a lot of parts.”

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old singer has also been writing for fellow boy band One Direction but was disappointed to learn a popular track he had penned for the group – Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan – hasn’t been properly accredited to him on online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: “I wrote a track called Irresistible for One Direction that had 20 million YouTube plays. But on Wikipedia it has somebody else’s name on the credits.”


Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

It’s a bit more McFly-ish and you need to have a listen NOW

We said we’ve been to the yeaaaar 3000, not much has changed because McBusted are still the best thing that’s ever happened to the music industry ever ever, and they’re still releasing tune after tune to make our earholes happy. They’re a bit older now, but still quite fit and errrr… something about Dougie having three boobs.

Hope you like our song. But before we get ahead of ourselves with talk of the future, we’d better get back to the 27th November 2014, as the McBusted boys have just unveiled their brand new single ‘Get Over It’, and it’s REALLY VERY GOOD.

Although it’s not to be mistaken for ‘Get Over You’, the very very very vintage McFly track. Not gonna lie, we were a bit confused about that to start with. Ahem.

While the McBusted album doesn’t hit shelves until December 1st, we’ve already heard quite a few new tracks from the guys now, and to go alongside ‘Air Guitar’, ‘What Happened To Your Band?’ and ‘Hate Your Guts’, ‘Get Over It’ is 3 minutes of poppy punky JOY.

This one’s all about not being able to get over a bad breakup (all been there babes), and for some reason it feels as though it’s got a bit more of a McFly vibe to it than the rest of the McBusted songs so far…? Anyway, we guarantee the chorus is going to get stuck in your head for the rest of time.

The boys premiered it on Radio 1 with Greg James this evening, so have a listen right here and get excited for upcoming McBusted albums/tours/general life. Hooray:

GET UP GET UP GET UP GET UP GET OVER IT. Told you it was a good’un.

What do you reckon to the latest McBusted track then? Is it your fave so far, or are you loving one of the other ones? Let us know with a quick tweet to @Sugarscape (and me @poyntersource) please and fanks.


Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

See what the boys got up to on set of their cool new video, as they rock out with a green screen…

MTV went behind the scenes recently to catch up with the McBusted boys as they filmed their new music video for ‘Air Guitar’.

Speaking about how they came up with the idea of everything vanishing, Danny explained: “We didn’t want to emphasise too much on air guitars or bringing it back to the 80’s thing.”

He added: “So we’re doing a little bit of that, but then everything else disappears until our whole set disappears. We’ve gone from this sort of Sum 41 and Blink 182 video to everything throughout it disappearing.”

While Tom revealed how the idea for the fun song came about in the first place, as he began to think about tracks for McBusted.

“I saw someone air guitaring when i was out shopping, and i thought ‘air guitar, that would be a really cool concept for a song’ it would be perfect for us,” he said.

McBusted’s self-titled album is set for release just in time for Christmas on December 1.

Watch the video from the set HERE

Posted by Sandra on November 28 2014

McBusted did a webchat with facebook last monday and here’s the videos of it, they actually answer some interesting questions like a possible european tour? Watch the videos below to find out!

Posted by Sandra on November 27 2014

If you haven’t bought Air Guitar yet do it now on iTunes or buy the CD Bundle with McFly and Busted versions of the song.

It was selfie galore as pop supergroup McBusted popped into Banquet Records to sign copies of their new single yesterday.

The band, made up of McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd and Danny Jones and Busted’s James Bourne and Matt Willis, visited the Kingston record store on the release day of their new single, Air Guitar.

Although the signing session on Monday (November 24) was the bands first as the new line-up, both bands have a history of visiting Kingston.

Busted visited WHSmith in the Bentall Centre in early 2003 to promote their classic hit Year 3000 and McFly signed copies of their debut single, 5 Colours In Her Hair, at Woolworths in the Market Place in 2004.

Although more than 10 years have passed, fans could not get enough of the pop rockers, with 1,100 people snapping up tickets to meet their heroes.

From excited teenagers and girls in their mid-20s to toddlers and middle aged men, the band proved they appeal to an audience of all ages.

Fan Amy Chappell, 24, said: “It is a nice thing to see them here. It is kind of like a dream come true, even 10 years later.”

While Banquet Records are better known for their pop-punk and rock shows and instore events, Jon Tolley, owner of the store, said they were excited to welcome the supergroup.

Mr Tolley said: “We do 200 gigs a years and I include this as one of them. It is a big one but it is a step up from what we normally do.

“Bands like McBusted is a weird one because they are pop, but play guitars and like the pop-punk world.”

The band kicked off their signing session at 4.30pm and Banquet added a second signing session due to huge demand.

Mr Tolley said: “Everyone has bought the single to get in. We might make the difference between say a number five and a number three.

“It is not what we are known for but having said that, we have done stuff with The Vamps and Conor Maynard.

“The buzz we get from putting on these events is massive. We are providing a service for other people and it never gets boring.”


Posted by Sandra on November 26 2014


Can one of McBusted propose to us please?

Think of your favourite boyband star in the ENTIRE WORLD. Right, are you picturing them in your head? Now imagine them being there the moment you’re proposed to. Nice, isn’t it.

Well, that was how things went for one McBusted fan last night – the group helped Craig Beadle ask his girlfriend Susannah Gage to marry him.

Susannah attended a special screening of the band’s new DVD, Tourplay and Live at The O2, at the head office of Universal Pictures in London.

She was there with her childhood friend and they were both vibrating with excitement and trying to stifle their squeals in the audience during a question and answer session with the band.

As band member Harry Judd announced there was time for one last question, Sussanah’s bloke Craig appeared from behind the screen at the back of the stage and surprised his girlfriend of six years.

A shocked Susannah was invited down to the front of the room where Craig got on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage and she said a big, fat, “Yes!”

Posting a video of the happy couple online, Harry wrote: “We did a #tourplay Q&A it was ace. Then this guy crashed it and proposed to Susannah and she said yes!”

Craig contacted McBusted just a couple of hours before the event after hearing Susannah had won a competition to attend the screening, and the boys were happy to help with everything being planned by the time Susannah arrived.



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