Scouting For Girls
Scouting For Girls are the UKs bestselling band of 2008.
All of these feature an infectious singalong chorus that means if lead singer Roy Stride should ever forget the words on stage the crowd will carry the song for him.
Live music is big again in the UK and any kind of music can and does get into the eclectic British charts especially when backed up by a live tour. Scouting for Girls have a massive teenage and student fanbase and their parents love them too.
For some they are a lttle too sacharine but the cash registers are ringing and on the lead up to Christmas this tour should have them ringing in unison with the Christmas bells as even more CDs and downloads are sold.
Just how one gets a download into a Christmas stocking is one to ponder on perhaps.
I saw him! I saw him!” yelps a 14-year-old boy to his friend, standing in the drizzling rain by the door to the Bournemouth International Centre, where, inside, Scouting For Girls are conducting a sound check. “I couldn’t see nothing,” scowls his mate. “You were in the bloody way.”
It’s only 4pm, and already queues are forming in the freezing wind outside the venue for tonight’s show. Following extravaganzas from Oasis, Girls Aloud and Jay-Z, Scouting For Girls are kicking off their national tour here, in a week in which they have been crowned bestselling UK band of 2008. Teenage girls in fluorescent legwarmers have turned up, along with mums and dads in sensible fleeces and lads with artfully dishevelled hair.
Two days earlier, the three members of Scouting For Girls are huddled around a fire in a West London pub, looking impressively nondescript. “We’re just painfully normal people,” says the singer Roy Stride. “There’s a guy down my road who reckons I look like the guy who sings in Scouting For Girls.” He laughs. “And now I can’t go into the shop any more, ’cos every time I go in, he starts singing She’s So Lovely, thinking I’m the guy who looks like the guy who sings She’s So Lovely. . .”
To the 100,000 or so fans who have bought tickets for the Scouting For Girls tour, the group’s normality and cheery familiarity is part of their charm. Their piano pop songs (It’s Not About You, Elvis Ain’t Dead) feature choruses so catchy that not singing along is as easy as eating a doughnut and not licking your lips.