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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 March 2008, 11:49 GMT
Backstage with Scouting for Girls
By Natalie Jamieson
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

With a 24-date sold out UK tour, a number one album and a clutch of catchy singles that stick in your head for days, it is a good time to be Scouting for Girls.

Greg Churchouse, Roy Stride and Peter Ellard


Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Pete Ellard began their biggest UK tour to date on Easter Monday and invited Newsbeat to join them on day two, as they prepared to play the Brighton Dome.

It was a look around the tour bus first, which will be the lads' home for the next month.

Every James Bond movie is lined up and ready to go in the "fun" lounge upstairs, along with tiny bunks to sleep 14 (band and crew).

The dark, stacked beds do not look very comfortable but most have pull down mini TV screens so you can watch DVDs.

Roy Stride

Singer Roy missed out on that option though: "No TV. Nobody saved me a bunk!"

Apparently that is what you get though if you decide to take an extra day off before the tour starts.

The band admit they would opt to sleep in hotels if they could, but for now it is a "monetary thing".

Thanks to hits like Elvis Ain't Dead, Scouting for Girls are playing bigger venues than before - a crowd of 1,850 is waiting in Brighton - so have they been getting tour fit?

Pete said: "Had some chips, kept up on the crisps, that kind of thing."

Roy said he wrote She's So Lovely in his kitchen, and their songs "were written for the sort of 150 people that used to come down to our local pub, for people to come and sing and dance along to".

As the crowds swell, thankfully, you cannot detect even a hint of ego creeping in.

Roy said: "It's just really weird to go out there now and play to like 2,000 people.

"The last gig here (Brighton) was 600 people, and 12 months ago we played to about 20 people in the Queen's Head down the road. It is nuts."

Roy Stride

With simple demands like beer and some sandwiches on their backstage rider, we catch up with the band again about half an hour before they are due on stage.

They seem relaxed and happy with the sneak peek they have already had of the audience.

Roy says they always have a look to see what is going on, "because you can always sort of judge how a crowd is going to be because you have seen the support bands and what reaction they get".

All three shrug off criticism their songs sound a bit similar.

Roy said: "I've never heard that criticism before.

"We just try and write really happy, accessible pop songs that people can sing along to.

"Every day I wake up and I'm like, 'This is so surreal'.

"We see how the audience reacts to these songs and it's the most amazing feeling. It's just been such an amazing year for us, we've been so lucky."



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