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QON the cover of your new album you all look like superheroes. What was the idea with that? A Harry: We were away for a while making the new album and we all got bitten by radioactive spiders and discovered we had these superpowers. The guy who does a lot of movie posters, like Spiderman, Wolverine and all that, he did the artwork for the album cover.

Q So is it a case of changing style as you get older? A Tom: For us it's more an experiment, to mix it up and make it fresh and exciting. We wanted to try something new. It went really well and we were very pleased with the end result. It's been great.

has the fans' response been to your new sound? QWhat A Dougie: They've been really supportive.

I think they were surprised at first.

With every album they've been surprised at the direction we've taken and eventually after a couple of listens they get what we're trying to do. It then often becomes their favourite album. We're very fortunate with the fanbase we have.

can we expect from the Above The Noise live show? QWhat A Tom: Every tour we try and do something different and better the last one. Putting the songs into a live context always brings out different elements to the songs and seeing how we'll play them live. That's when the songs come to life.

QCan we expect any crazy stunts? A Harry: We had a flying stage that flew out over the audience last time out, so this time it's a major challenge to top that, but we will. There will be plenty of ideas, we can promise you that.

Danny: I'd like to set fire to my guitar while would be possible!

playing it. Not sure if it Tom: Didn't (Ash guitari do that? st) Tim Wheeler used to Danny: Oh, yeah, he did. then. Oh well, scrap that idea keeps you e QWhat entertained on tour.

A Danny: The X Box can all play togeth roughly the same level Tom: Well, Danny you're of us! . FIFA is the one we her and we're all l at.

a bit worse than the rest QAre forward to being back And what do you looking fin Cardiff again? think of the city? A Danny: We love it.

our favourite plac always have a nice spa at and go and relax tog is very good here too. It's lovely. It's one of ces to stay on tour. We a at the hotel we stay gether. The nightlife guys were pu hit and then you w QYou umping out hit after went away for a while. Was it nice having a break? A Dougie: We went independent for our last release Radioactive and because of that we were able to go on tour all around the world - the US, Australia, Japan, South America and lots of other countries we never had the opportunity of going to before, because our record company had us tied to doing things in the UK. We always had other priorities, so that's what we've been up to - touring mainly. And in between touring we've been in the studio, so we've not been on holiday or anything. Harry: People think it's a comeback. It's not really as we've been busy in the studio. It's been an amazing couple of years, so it's nice to be back doing the arenas. That's why we're so excited for this tour because we haven't toured the arenas for about three years, 2008 I think was the last time. It's nice to come back and still play the same sized arenas. It's a big achievement for us.

you mates with our Welsh rockers Kids In Glass Houses? QAren't A Dougie: We've been out with them a few times, yeah. They're awesome. They're quiet until they've had a drink. Then they're very loud!

QHow did you get to know them? A Dougie: They recorded an album with Jason Perry who has produced two of our albums. We had a studio in Essex and Aled (from Kids In Glass Houses) was doing vocals there and they were doing guitars as well, so that's how we met.

Danny: We're friends with The Blackout as well. They're great lads. There are loads of Welsh bands around. Funeral For A Friend, Bullet For My Valentine, you guys have got a load of great bands down here.

* McFly play Cardiff Mortorpoint Arena (formerly the CIA) tonight. For ticket info ring the box office on 029 2022 4488.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 22, 2011
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