Music Q&A:
Shed Seven

The York Britpop band had two gold albums when the genre was at its height. Now they’ve signed a new record deal and are heading out on a massive tour. We caught up with frontman Rick Witter

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Things that inform our songwriting most are love, loss, fear, hate, sex and laughter.

How have you evolved over the years?

I guess we have rolled with the punches to an extent. Like anything, the more you chip away at it, the more you understand the mechanics of it. In terms of writing, we found it relatively easy to get back in our stride after being away from the process for a lengthy period.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We have just written and recorded a new studio album, which I guess is an artistic statement. And we are about to embark on a big old UK tour.

What’s on your rider?
I’d like to say some outlandish things like a small lake with a swing rope but in all honesty, as long as there are a few bottles of quality rum and brandy we are happy.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Too many embarrassing moments to think of one defining one, but as for a surreal moment, we played the Reading Festival in the late 1990s and I felt a bit odd pre gig. The longer the day went on I felt more and more trippy. Whilst performing I was convinced Sheds bassist Tom was on someone’s shoulders in the crowd when in reality he was stood next to me on stage. Turns out I’d not been spiked but had got a bad case of shingles. The long journey home in a Transit van wasn’t great.

What song do you wish you’d written?
The answer to the could change on a daily basis, but today it’s probably You Were Always On My Mind.

What’s your worst lyric?
One of the first Shed Seven songs written in 1990 was a song called Kennel, and the main hook was “I’m in the dog house, I’m in the kennel”, which I actually quite like, so I haven’t really got a worst lyric after all.

Shed Seven play on 28 Nov & 9 Dec, Sheffield O2 Academy; 4 Dec, Blackburn King George’s Hall; 5 Dec, Stoke Victoria Hall; 18&19 Dec, Leeds O2 Academy; 21 Dec, Hull City Hall; and 22&23 Dec, Manchester Academy

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