STEREOPHONICS

THE WELSH ROCK VETERANS ARE BACK: IT’S CALLED ‘SCREAM ABOVE THE SOUNDS’ AND IS THE NEW ALBUM FROM STEREOPHONICS. YESTERDAY, BEFORE THEIR GIG AT FABRIQUE IN MILAN, WE HAD A CHAT WITH KELLY JONES, FRONTMAN OF THE FOUR PIECE-BAND FORMED IN 1992.

From the Nineties to present-day, many things have changed for you: tell us about a memorable moment for the band.

Well, I guess touring with David Bowie across America: we travelled with him for about one month in 2004 and it has been pretty exciting I have to say. I remember him watching us playing, he was such a lovely guy.

Who are the Stereophonics today?

We are a band very comfortable in their own skin, it took time to reach this status but we feel good in doing what we do. When you first start all the energy you have is in doing music and when you start being successful people take a lot of this energy and it happens you forget what you are doing exactly. In the last 5/8 years with the last 3 albums we really found the groove we were looking at. There’s also a new great energy coming from a younger audience that discovered the band and that becomes exciting when you have been around for about 20 years. You feel confident and relevant in a different way.

Everyone is doing collaborations nowadays. An artist you would like to collaborate with for example?

I think collaborations have to happen in a very natural way and in these days lots of people put together the business element; for me there are a lot of cool artists but again I look forward to doing something that comes in a spontaneous way so at the moment I don’t have anyone particularly in mind. We have done a lot of charity shows that did work pretty well with great artists like Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller even if it was not a recorded studio album.

“Maybe tomorrow” is an unforgettable single (it was actually the soundtrack of my twenties!) spreading a sound made of hope. What do you hope for tomorrow?

That song means a lot to me as well. You know, everybody goes through troubles and worries in life, not every day is clear in your mind. So I wish for a tomorrow to be clear (laughs). I wrote it in 2002 or something and I still got the book where I wrote it. It is a very meaningful song and when I play it I can see it’s meaningful also for other people.

“Scream Above the Sounds” is your tenth album, released last year. Did it meet your expectations?

We normally release an album every 18 months and I already played it for a year now: I think the record was received very well live, it was relevant in the music chart and it feels good to be no. 1 or 2 for a while. In any case it’s important for us not to be considered a band from the Nineties as we had just 2 albums in that period of time. It’s about making new music and moving forward for us. By the way, I enjoy making new records!

Something I’m curious about: do you have a ritual before a concert?

We have a small warm-up room where we play cover versions just to get us in the mood of the show, have a couple of drinks, etc.

Any special drink?

Well, I like a glass of red wine or maybe a vodka, depends if I feel sleepy (he laughs). Maybe coffee sometimes (laughs again).

Where are you off next?
Munich first and then Berlin.

And in what city would you like to play? Maybe a special place, like you did for the latest charity shows?

There’s a foundation for teenagers with cancer and it’s a charity we work a lot with to support. It’s something we like to do and brings us to play in special places.

Thanks for your time, Kelly.
Thank you for the chat!

 

 

Interview by Maria Campadel 

Special thanks to Valentina Marcandelli @ Warner Music