P Posted by Sandra on February 16 2012 0 Comments McFLY

Now approaching their ninth year as a band, McFly are on the cusp of an important transition: from pre-pubescent boyband to fully-fledged manband.

After a successful stint on the reality circuit which saw Dougie Poynter crowned king of the jungle on I’m a Celeb and Harry Judd win Strictly Come Dancing, the group have promptly re-entered the studio to work on their sixth studio album.

Digital Spy caught up with Harry ahead of their Wembley Stadium gig next month to find out more about said-record.

You’re in rehearsals today for a show at Wembley Stadium next month. Do you still get nervous about large gigs?
“We still get quite nervous; especially with a show like this when it’s not a crowd who have come out to see you. We’re down at the Saracens training ground today for some rehearsals for our halftime show and to do some training with the teams, which should be fun. Getting some exercise in whilst working is handy!”

Are you planning to upstage Madonna’s Super Bowl show?
“Not quite! I don’t think we could ever rival Madonna – it’s not really our style.”

How’s life in McFly been since you won Strictly?
“I had a couple of weeks off for Christmas, which I spent at home, and then I started the Strictly tour. Today is the first day that we’ve all been at work together for a while actually!”

Your win and Dougie’s I’m a Celeb triumph have pushed the band back into the spotlight again; how’s it been for the rest of the group?
“It’s been good, but we haven’t really been together since it all happened. The other guys have been working on the next album. We’re all really looking forward to putting out some new music and getting back on the road.”

Were you nervous about doing the reality shows? It can make or break a career…
“Exactly. We were both really nervous about it! Putting yourself out there is always a scary thing, and thankfully it worked out pretty well for us.”

Has it encouraged Tom or Danny to get involved in reality TV?
“Now me and Dougie have won, the pressure is on (laughs)! Seriously though, I think we’re going to quit at it while we’re ahead.”

We think Danny would be great on Come Dine With Me.
“I think Danny would love to do a cooking show actually. Learning something new is good fun and hard work, and it’s always good to get out your normal routine.”

Everything seemed to go quiet in the band for a while before you both entered those shows…
“I suppose it did go a bit quiet. We did an album in 2010, but we had a long gap between album four and five. We’d been going for six or seven years; it took a year and a half to make it, and we didn’t do much publicity during that time. I think we realised how hard it was to get people interested again. I think we’d taken our success for granted. Thankfully the album went well and we had a big hit with ‘Shine A Light’, which meant we could go on tour again. At the same time though, other bands were coming through and it’s hard to stay relevant.”

Did you ever consider splitting up?
“No definitely not, unless there’s something they’re not telling me! I think we have something unique within the four of us. We’re still going strong and we’re still great mates so I can’t imagine it happening any time soon. We hope we can still have success that allows us to release music and tour.”

What does your new material sound like?
“It’s really hard to describe at the moment. Danny has been putting together some demos and they sound amazing – they’re very carefully produced already. It’s exciting when the demos themselves sound great. Danny has also been DJing and working with Roger Sanchez, which I think is having a great impact on the band as he’s learnt so much more on the production side of things.”

The last album was more polished than your usual output; will your next record continue that sound?
“It was definitely more mature pop, which some people didn’t get. It was also a different style of songwriting. This next album is a bit more raw sounding like our older stuff, but we’re still keen on keeping some of the more polished production in there. It’s hard to describe at the moment!”

You worked with Dallas Austin and Taio Cruz on Above The Noise; who would you like to work with on this LP?
“I haven’t spoken to the guys about it but we’re definitely open to collaborating again. We’re just starting to play the label the new songs, so we’ll see. In a dream world I’d love to work with so many people. A female artist would be great – Jessie J would be amazing, though she’s obviously doing extremely well at the moment. Like you say, in a dream world!”

Saracens and Aviva are bringing McFly to Wembley for a special pre-game and half-time show at the Aviva Premiership Rugby clash against Harlequins at Wembley on Saturday 31st March. Ticket prices start from just £5, to buy your ticket visit www.saracensatwembley.com or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2482.



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