Posted by Sandra on December 9 2014 0 Comments McBusted, News

McBusted headlined the Cool FM Jingle Ball last night and here’s the interview they did with Pete.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 9 2014 0 Comments McFLY, Photo gallery update

McBusted did a signing on Manchester last week as part of the promotion of their debut album and here’s some pics of Danny, Dougie, Harry and Tom aka McFly at the train station with some fans.

[x89]CANDIDS > 2014 > PICCADILLY TRAIN STATION, MANCHESTER – DECEMBER 4

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 8 2014 0 Comments McBusted, Photo gallery update

I added to the gallery some pics of McBusted at the Royal Variety and also you can watch below the video of the boys performing.

[x3]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2014 > ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE, LONDON PALLADIUM – NOVEMBER 13

[X6]LIVE PERFORMANCES > 2014 > ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE, LONDON PALLADIUM – NOVEMBER 13

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 8 2014 0 Comments Dino Poop books, Dougie Poynter, McFLY

Dougie and Tom are doing some signings of their children books next week. For now there’s only two signings confirmed, one in Bluewater and the other one in Reading. They will sign a maximum of two copies of any of their Dino books per person and the events are first come first served so there’s no tickets for them. Read below all the info about each event.

WATERSTONE’S BLUEWATER WEST
Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 6:00PM
McBusted’s very own Tom and Dougie will be signing copies of their Dinosaur That Pooped books. The Pooping Dinosaur will also be making appearances. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis and this event will not be ticketed in advance. Tom & Dougie will only be signing copies of their children’s books, no merchandise or memorabilia will be signed. Each customer will be entitled to have a maximum of two books signed at this event. Sadly due to time restraints there will be no posed photography.

WATERSTONE’S READING BROAD ST
Thursday, 18 December 2014, 6:00PM
McBusted’s very own Tom and Dougie will be signing copies of their Dinosaur That Pooped books. The Pooping Dinosaur will also be making appearances. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis and this event will not be ticketed in advance. Tom & Dougie will only be signing copies of their children’s books, no merchandise or memorabilia will be signed. Each customer will be entitled to have a maximum of two books signed at this event. Sadly due to time restraints there will be no posed photography.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 7 2014 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, Photo gallery update

[x4]CANDIDS > 2014 > OUT AND ABOUT WITH ELLIE, LONDON – DECEMBER 5

They only confirmed their romance earlier this year.

But things are looking serious for Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter, who were spotted on yet another date in central London on Friday afternoon.
The couple seem to have spent so much time together that they’re beginning to morph into one another, wearing similar looks and matching beanie hats during their outing.

Ellie, 27, was dressed down in a tomboy-inspired ensemble, wearing a green parka over a pair of black jeans.

The I Need Your Love hit-maker set off the look with a black beanie and trainers.
Meanwhile, Dougie, also 27, was rocking skinny jeans, a black zip up top and blue lace-ups with a grey hat.

The McBusted star was smoking a cigarette as he strolled along next to his girlfriend, and only had eyes for her.
Ellie recently treated Dougie to a private tour of the Natural History Museum for his birthday.
She organised a twilight trip which saw the whole of the museum closed off just for them, after he had enjoyed a vegan cookie cake and a massage earlier in the day.

Speaking about her beau – who she went public with in May – during an interview on Capital FM recently, Ellie revealed they have a love of singing together in private.
‘We sing together right, not in a really cheesy way, but we sing in a jokey way, because we used to like the same bands, that’s one of the things we’ve bonded over,’ she said.
‘And he has got a really amazing voice. I’m always going on about male voices that I discover, incredible male vocals etc. His voice literally makes me melt, and he doesn’t believe me!’

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Posted by Sandra on December 7 2014 0 Comments McBusted, Photo gallery update, Video

Watch below some videos of the boys performing at the Childline Concert last week, the people there even sang happy birthday to Dougie:) I also added some pics to the gallery:)

[x6]LIVE PERFORMANCES > 2014 > CHEERIOS CHILDLINE CONCERT, DUBLIN – NOVEMBER 30

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 7 2014 0 Comments McBusted, News

So the official chart list for this week has already been released and McBusted debuted at #9 with his 1st album!! They had a rough competition but after all they did it quite well even that I really hoped they get a better position, anyways congrats to the boys for a well deserved top 10 album!!

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Posted by Sandra on December 6 2014 0 Comments McBusted, News

I really like this article/interview as it says the truth, mcfly and busted were here way before 5sos and all that kind of bands and nowadays it seems that those bands are bringing something new when they are not.

While 5 Seconds of Summer spent 2014 on the cover of rock magazines, McBusted enlist Mark Hoppus and Rivers Cuomo to prove the blurring of the lines between pop and alternative is nothing new.

Imagine if 2002 had been like 2014. Busted standing proud on the cover of the biggest rock magazines, packing out poster specials and sending the sparkly unicorns of MySpace into raptures. Or in 2004, finding McFly’s ‘Room on the 3rd Floor’ beating Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ in the end of year charts. Over the past twelve months, 5 Seconds of Summer have blurred lines more than ever, but outside of the spotlight of the media glare, not so much has changed.

While the constituent parts of McBusted may never have been taken seriously as bands-with-guitars, their influence on those that were is huge. Like a gateway drug to power chords, today’s rock scene is scattered with those who (not so) secretly first were hooked in by the Blink-182 homage of ‘Air Hostess’. If being influential is about sending minds spinning down the rabbit hole to deeper, darker places, Busted and McFly might well make your favourite bands look positively hermit-like in comparison.

“I think for those teenagers back then,” drummer Harry Judd reminisces, “the most exciting thing about Busted back in the day was that you suddenly had girls who, for the past twenty years, had been into Westlife, Five, Blue, N*sync – five guys who stand with microphones, are good with a key change and do dance moves – and suddenly that whole audience was listening to Matt and James and Charlie playing guitars.”

“They were suddenly into guitars,” pipes up James Bourne from one side of the long conference table the band are sat around. Six people is a lot to get around one table. “That was the most exciting thing about ten years ago.” He laughs, “record companies started rethinking their whole models!”

“When we came out, we’d play these radio shows and we’d have our guitars and the fact that we had them, and the fact that our music stood for what it was, was such a big statement.”

“Before McBusted came out last year,” Judd concludes, “it was boy bands again.” He’s right. Thanks to the likes of biggest-band-in-the-world One Direction, mostly, the pop gears seem to have shifted back a decade. “You know, you had your traditional five-piece, four-piece singing boy bands and we were like, ‘We’ve got another shot at this’.”

Still somewhat stuck with the old ‘pop curse’ of their other outfits – it may seem silly but it’s something they’ve learned to accept. With shifting musical climates and broadening horizons, it could be argued that the lines of pop and alternative are as blurred as they’re ever going to be – Taylor Swift is an alternative icon while the afore mentioned 5 Seconds of Summer are a fully-fledged rock band in some eyes – but for a band like McBusted, it just doesn’t matter anymore.

“The majority of people don’t give a shit,” Matt Willis adds to the conversation of the word ‘pop’ specifically, “but targeted audiences really give a shit. Certain people we know just like a certain style of music and that’s the way they like it and everything else is shit. It’s obviously not shit! It’s fucking great pop music, but that’s just the way they see it. That’s always going to be the way.”

“I think you see it and you hear it sometimes,” Judd continues, on the subject of naysayers, “but I don’t think we really care as much.”

“I don’t think it’s our world anymore,” Willis says. “We gave a shit a little bit in Busted…”

“That’s the reason Charlie left,” throws in Bourne, referencing their 2004 split from former member Charlie Simpson. “We cared a little bit about that stuff,” Willis goes further, “but I regret caring so much.”

Love them or loathe them, it’s been a surreal ride for McBusted. We all know the story by now. A supergroup born out of two bands who – some could argue at least – saw their strongest years back in the mid-noughties, their union was another welcome nostalgia kick, but with a bit of a difference.

When it was announced that the remaining two members of Busted, Bourne and Willis, were to join forces with their honorary brothers-in-arms McFly, it was a big deal for most people around the age of 25. After a surprise first appearance at McFly’s Royal Albert Hall show in 2013, their first big news came in the form of an eleven-show arena tour, which soon became a thirty-odd date, two-month long jaunt around some of the UK’s biggest venues, playing some of each band’s most loved hits. They then went on to headline Hyde Park. It became more than just another band reunion.

“I think one of the first things I remember us saying was that the word ‘cool’ should never come into it,” offers up Judd. “We were like, ‘Let’s just do it’.”

It wasn’t just about a tour anymore, this was something bigger. Having seen firsthand exactly who was coming to their shows and realising this wasn’t just about letting some now-20 year olds get drunk and sing along to ‘What I Go To School For’ for old time’s sake, they wanted to give something back, something a bit more tangible than a night of the hits.

“That was why we wanted to make the album,” Judd explains. “We realised it wasn’t just about nostalgia, it was about the young people. You never know with these things; sometimes it’s out of your hands. You make an album and it’s completely out of your hands and that’s just how it goes, but we felt like we needed to do more than just a tour. It just felt so fun and exciting and you know, we’re still young and there’s a lot of things for us to do, whether it’s as a band, or McFly, or these guys” – he gestures towards Bourne and Willis – “and their own career. It was like, ‘Let’s just keep going.’”

Thanks to time, or quite possibly the lack thereof, their debut album had to come together quickly. Luckily, with the energy of the tour still buzzing through their veins, the songs came easily enough. “It was always important to find the identity of McBusted,” McFly guitarist Danny Jones joins in. “The time that we’d had on stage led towards what we put into the album.”

“I think a lot of the time when we’re writing for McFly,” the band’s other guitarist Tom Fletcher suggests, “there’s a lot of working out what you want to do. You write some songs, you find that’s not really right. There’s a process of finding out exactly what direction you want to go in and then how you want to make the album, whereas with McBusted it was clear how we were gonna make the album, what it needed to be and what we wanted it to be. It was just a case of us getting our heads down and doing it; we didn’t need to go away and experiment.”

“For this album,” Judd explains, “we each split off to do certain songs. The test was that when we first played the song that we had, it was whether we were all instantly smiling and hearing the chorus and being a bit like, ‘Yeah!’ These are fun songs to listen to, lyrically and musically. With McFly, maybe at times we got quite deep about what was what whereas this was more like, ‘Let’s put a big load of energy into this.’”

“It was definitely a snapshot of a moment,” James sums up. Harry finishes his sentence for him. “We just didn’t have time to think.”

It wasn’t just an opportunity for the band to throw a bit of caution to the wind either: it gave the six-piece the excuse to hark back to their earlier influences. “What I think was really exciting,” offers up Jones, on the creation of ‘McBusted’, “is that we went back to looking at who had really influenced us in the early days; the Blink-182s, the Sum 41s. There wasn’t any being caught up in whether this was gonna be played here or there, we just made an album that six dudes having a laugh wanted to make.”

“We got amazing people involved as well,” Bourne chips in, of their collaborators. Take a glance at the album’s tracklisting, and all is not quite as expected. Amongst the list of guests is Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. “Having Mark singing on a song on the album, that’s a dream come true.” Betcha didn’t see that one coming.

“The Mark thing was just a coincidence,” explains Judd. “Dougie had met him earlier in the year and become friends with him.” “He’s totally the nicest dude in the world,” continues bassist Dougie Poynter, “and he writes the same way as we do, just with acoustic guitars. He has fun lyrical ideas so it was just an awesome time. Hearing him sing, as well, on the song is incredible.”

Hoppus isn’t the only guest; All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo are also among the ranks. It’s like a who’s who of pop punk royalty. “Steve Robson, the guy who produced the album,” says Judd, “is friends with Alex from All Time Low and he was over so we decided to write with him. The Weezer connection was actually a couple of years ago; some of the McFly guys wrote with Rivers which was a buzz at the time, so when we were making this, we realised that that song would fit perfectly onto this album. Those are three of our favourite songs on the album.”

“Making this album put a bit of fun back into music,” adds Danny enthusiastically, “because there’s so much out there that is pretty serious.” “It was nice to have people go, ‘You can work with these guys’ and we could be like, ‘Okay, yeah’,” Harry confirms. “It felt like the good old days. It felt like we did our bit. There was unfinished business as well, I think, for Matt and James so hopefully this is their therapy.”

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Posted by Sandra on December 6 2014 0 Comments McBusted, News

The phenomenally successful McBusted, a combination of two of Britain’s biggest bands, McFly and Busted, have released a self-titled album fresh after forming no longer than a year ago. A return of the pop rock genre is a welcomed change, as is seeing the six boys unite in friendship and musical harmony.

The album opens with “Air Guitar.” The instant pop rock sound is heard within the first few seconds of the song. The song builds to a climax of the pop-sounding chorus. Repetitive and catchy, it’s certainly a song I’d have stuck in my head for days afterwards. Guitar riffs and drumbeats are heard throughout the song, referencing the rock sound, but the chorus sounds too pop to be considered full rock.

The second track, “Hate Your Guts,” begins with drumsticks hitting against each other, like rockers do as they countdown. It sounds like a merge of Blink-182, Bowling For Soup, and The Darkness. A very rock-sounding song, I’d say the lyrics were weak but surprisingly catchy.

The third track, “What Happened To Your Band,” has a slow start with a rock sound, featuring drumbeats and guitar riffs. It takes a while for the lyrics to start. During the verse, it still remains somewhat slow. During the chorus however, the pace picks up and the lyrics become loud. I absolutely love the guitar in this song. It’s done very well. The song ends with a slow piano, with the common repeating of the lyrics to fade out the song, which sounds better than if it’d ended suddenly.

The fourth track, “Get Over It,” has a pop sound straight away, with an almost dance tone to it. I feel like it could be a great summer song, especially with the repetitive chorus and the beat behind the song. It could be a great break up song too, almost like a ‘f*** you’ to a partner.

The fifth track, “Riding On My Bike,” is literally robotic singing and the lyrics start with no instruments in the background. It takes at least thirty seconds for a drumbeat to start, with loud lyrics being sung. The beat sounds like an old-school computer. The chorus isn’t as impressive or as good as the verses. Unfortunately, one of their weaker songs, but every album has to have one.

The sixth track, “Gone,” begins with the guitar riffs and drumbeats once more. The lyrics in the verse match the beat, which is cleverly done. The chorus picks up and becomes more powerful and climatic, showcasing the range of vocals within the band. The song’s only weak point is how suddenly it ends. Otherwise it’s a great song.

The seventh track, “Sensitive Guy,” has simple and humorous lyrics in the verse with the chorus sounding just as simple. It’s ironic how they chose such a rock sound, considering the lyrics are about a sensitive guy. I think they overuse the word ‘cry’ too many times but I do enjoy the humour laced through the lyrics. It makes it more light-hearted, considering the background sound.

The eighth track, “Beautiful Girls Are the Loneliest,” is a soft gentle strumming in the background, sounding melancholic with equally soft lyrics and causing me to relax. A ballad is nice to have on a mainly rock-pop album. The violins play in the background, adding to this romantic, relaxing sound.

The ninth track, “Before You Knew Me,” starts with lyrics and rock guitar within seconds of the song. The verse leads to a climatic chorus, which becomes rock very quickly. I prefer the verse to the chorus because I feel like it’s too angry rock. The verse and the bridge don’t go with the chorus at all. They sound too different to be the same song. The lyrics aren’t bad, but it’s essentially comparisons thrown into a song.

The tenth track, “Back In Time,” is once more a rock track, but more on the pop-rock side. The lyrics sound fast before building to the chorus. The chorus slows down before speeding up again, complimenting the verse beats perfectly. It has a repetitive ending, reflecting the rest of the catchy album very well.

The eleventh track, “How’s My Hair?”, begins slowly, with equally slow lyrics. It sounds slightly morbid. The chorus becomes more rock, but the lyrics remain morbid. It sounds like a gloomy ballad about a boy trying to impress a girl by fretting about his hair.

The twelfth track, “Getting It Out,” is yet another rock beat, building to yet another climax. It sounds very cheeky and punk rock, which suits their personalities. It’s another catchy song that will remain in my head for days afterwards. A guitar solo emerges halfway through the song, reflecting typical rock. It ends just as suddenly, with a final drumbeat.

The thirteenth track, “23:59,” begins very quickly, with the beat coming afterwards. The lyrics are reminiscent of pop songs, with the repetitive words. The beat is pop again, sounding once more like a dance song. I could imagine listening to this in a house party over a club, or dancing alone in my room. It has interesting lyrics too.

The fourteenth track, “In Da Club,” starts with voices announcing a party, telling us this will be a party song. However, it quickly contrasts the lyrics and the beat to what you’re led to believe the song will be about. It has repetitive lyrics, but with a rock beat. It sounds weird together, yet it works. I like how it’s relatable to the clubbing experience; especially at a certain age where it loses it’s appeal. The only downside is it does get a bit too repetitive after a while.

The final track, “I See Red,” has a decent drumbeat followed by good lyrics. The chorus doesn’t fit with the verses again. It seems to slow down or become more rock when the verse is downplayed, which is a bad contrast to have. The lyrics aren’t particularly good either. The beat is the song’s redeeming quality, in my opinion.

Overall, McBusted has a fair mix on the album, giving us a flavour of the range of sounds they can produce together. Despite some of the poorer songs, the album overall is very good. If it doesn’t go high up in the charts, I shall be disappointed.

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Posted by Sandra on December 6 2014 0 Comments McBusted, News

When McFly and Busted joined forces earlier this year for a massive run of live shows, they effectively doubled their back catalogue of hits.

We all have our favourite McFly and Busted hits, but we wanted to know, out of the combined pool of amazing pop tracks, which top five are McBusted’s most treasured.

5. ‘Air Guitar’
“It is actually a McBusted song. It’s the first McBusted song,” Tom Fletcher said, naming ‘Air Guitar’ in the Top 5 of their favourite singles as a supergroup. “And we want people to hear it more,” Harry Judd adds. With shout-outs to Beyoncé, MJ, Jimmy Page and Brian May, the track encompasses the very best of what McBusted stand for: witty lyrics, catchy melodies, but most importantly of all, s**t-loads of fun.

4. ‘Shine A Light’
“It’s probably one of our most prestigious hit songs,” Harry comments, placing ‘Shine A Light’ at number four. “I forget how good the verses are. The chorus gets the light of day – excuse the pun – but they are some good verses.” If you’ve ever seen McFly or McBusted perform the track live you’ll understand why it always gets a monstrous reaction: taut guitar riffs, earworm “eh eh eh”s and a singalong chorus that never fails to get the crowd fully involved.

3. ‘Air Hostess’
Busted reached number two with this very popular hit back in April 2004. Inspired by air stewardesses during their time touring the world, it’s still a wonder no airline has synced the song for a television commercial. The track is packed full of testosterone adolescence and humour, with the line “I messed my pants when we flew over France” censored during the music video’s broadcast on daytime TV. What’s more, McFly/McBusted member Tom Fletcher helped co-write the track before his own band really took off.

2. ‘Transylvania’
“It has a real special place in the hearts of our fans,” Harry Judd said of ‘Transylvania’ ranking at number two. “It’s a very fun, quirky song.” Tom adds: “There’s no other band in the world that would want that song!” But James Bourne thinks otherwise. “I beg to differ,” he says. “I think lots of people would want that song. Jonas Brothers for one. They would have taken that song in a heartbeat. They would have been lucky to get it.” However, if there was one minor gripe we had with the McBusted tour, it was this song’s omission from the setlist, but Harry assures us we can expect it during next year’s shows. “We should play Transylvania on the next tour I think,” he tells the other, before James declares: “I will feel personally cheated if I don’t get to play it.”

1. Year 3000
Are we really surprised that ‘Year 3000’ has been ranked number one? It’s easily one of the best British pop singles written this century and, as James tells us, “The the most fun easiest to play!” Rather criminally it didn’t reach the top spot in the UK chart, stalling at number two in 2003, but it was a hit across mainland Europe. Aside from the jump-around chorus and generally very very good pop melody, ‘Year 3000’s biggest charm is its fantastic references. Whether its the flux capacitor from Back to the Future or outselling Michael Jackson in 1000 years’ time, it placed Busted as everyone’s favourite mischievous boys running amok in the charts.

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