Music interview: Cast are back on the road, but the tour is no nostalgia trip

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Liverpool band Cast were one of the biggest Britpop bands. They split in 2001, but reformed in 2010 for a new album and several tours, and they are playing again this month. Frontman John Power chats.

DO YOU REHEARSE FOR CAST SHOWS OR ARE THE SONGS SECOND NATURE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS?

We do rehearse, but just a couple of times, the songs are second nature really. I think we could just turn up and do a pretty decent show. Rehearsals are good to blow the cobwebs off. We have a good understanding of the set.

HOW BIG WAS THE BAND REFORMING?

It was a big deal because we hadn’t seen each other in 10 years, and it all came because of songs I’d written that sounded like Cast songs, rather than the songs I’d done as a solo artist. Then I started softening to the idea of it. Prior to that I had no intention whatsoever, and didn’t play Cast songs when I was playing solo shows.

WHY NOT?

I didn’t want to, I wanted to play my solo songs and I had to draw a line under it. Now, I don’t feel that way and when I play solo I will play six or seven Cast songs as well. I’m happy with that and I love singing those songs, but at the time, not long after we split, I didn’t have the stomach for it. Now, I can celebrate all my past.

WHAT COMES NEXT? ANOTHER CAST ALBUM?

I think what we need to do is take some time out and make another album. Troubled Times came out two years ago, and we toured it for a bit, and we want to keep what we’ve got. It’s just about focusing. I do have a lot of good ideas, it’s just a question of working out what they’re going to become and recording them.

DO YOU LIKE THE NOSTALGIA ASPECT?

It’s not really about that, to be honest. Cast got back together because we wanted to make a new album, not just to tour the old songs. It was never about nostalgia, although singing the anthems like Walkaway, Live The Dream and all that really rekindled my love for those songs, it’s a really good sensation. But I don’t want to be a band that just goes out with the greatest hits, we have to have new material to balance it, for ourselves and for the fans.

WHO COMES TO CAST SHOWS IN 2013?

It’s a mixture, we get a lot of people who were 12 and 13 when we were first around and they couldn’t get to the shows. Then you get people who were in their late-teens and 20s first time around, so they’ve come back to see us, and we get young kids as well.

TOUR DATE: Dec 20 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club

For more information go to: www.casttour.com

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