Deacon Blue: 'It's rock'n'roll. If you're
not enjoying it, it's probably time to do something else'
Leicester Mercury 4th October 2012
It's been 25 years since the release of Deacon Blue's debut album, Raintown.
That long? we hear you cry. Yes, that long. But don't be too down in the dumps
as, although that might make you feel a little bit past it, on the plus side,
it's an excuse for a party, intit?
And what better way to celebrate than with a comeback tour and a new album? It's certainly better than my 25th celebrations, which involved a trifle dish of vodka jelly, a £150 taxi ride from Somerset to Cardiff and back again and some, ahem, difficulties getting into a hotel.
We'll leave that one there as, quite frankly, it's a ridiculous story. Far better to celebrate with a new album and comeback tour, we're sure you'll agree.
"Hopefully, by the time we get to Leicester we'll be in the swing of things a bit, by that time we should be in a good groove," singer Ricky Ross tells The Week. "I'm looking forward to the tour, very much so. When you get excited about new songs, you want to get out and play them.
"I wonder what they will sound like with everyone playing them properly and what they will sound like in a concert hall, how people will react. I can't wait.
"I just hope people come along and want to hear the music. We'll certainly be playing old songs. It's lovely to have people coming back and if there are new people as well, then that's fantastic.
"We've got a lot of material now, so there's lots to choose from."
The new album, The Hipsters, was released last month through Demon Music, and the label has re-released the entire Deacon Blue back-catalogue, featuring unreleased tracks, demos and videos from the band's archive, alongside it.
The anniversary tour takes place in 15 UK cities, including shows at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall and London's Roundhouse, as well as Leicester.
"We did some dates with Simple Minds a few years ago and I thought then that if we got out again and did something, it should be something new," says Ricky.
"The album just became this burning thing that I had to write. It was a great thing to do, creatively, to work on. I started writing two years ago but it was recorded really quickly. It took a long time to sift through lots of ideas and finish them and make sure it was right. So there was probably six months of really intense writing and demoing.
"You can always write lots. but it's picking out the good stuff that's the difficult thing.
"You're never sure when you make a record how you'll feel when it's done.
"Normally I think, 'Why didn't I do this or that,' but so far it's good. It's probably the chemistry of the people in the room together.
"I think it sounds like us but it's a modern record in many ways. It's good that it incorporates what the band is all about.
"Making the record was really enjoyable. Well, it's rock'n'roll, isn't it, it's meant to be enjoyable.
"If you're not enjoying it then it's probably time to do something else. I'm glad it was because everyone's really excited.
"I'm lucky enough to do a lot of things that I enjoy doing and there's enough going on, but nothing else quite like thi