Plenty of reasons to love the return of My Life Story to The Wedgewood Rooms

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As My Life Story mainman Jake Shillingford points out, there aren’t too many who can claim that Oasis once supported them.

The group specialised in lavish indie-pop and achieved fame at the height of Britpop with hits such as 12 Reasons Why, Strumpet and Duchess.

But with a 12-strong line-up and orchestral sound, they were often at odds with a lot of the scene.

While the band initially split up in 2000, they have got back together every other year since 2007 for a Christmas show in London.

Now though, they are heading out on a UK-wide tour in a stripped-down five-piece version.

Jake recalls those heady days of the early ’90s: ‘I remember Noel saying that My Life Story were one of the only bands that Oasis supported.

People talk about the showmanship or the orchestra, the puns, or one-liner lyrics, but really for me, the one thing I’m proud of with My Life Story is the songwriting

Jake Shillingford

‘Their rise to fame was so meteoric, I think we did one show with them in Oxford and got to know them quite well, and the next thing they were into the stratosphere.’

While Jake is well aware that his band are a cult concern, he keeps a sense of humour about their appearance on things like lists of great ‘lost’ bands.

‘It’s quite weird, I was introduced by someone on stage the other day as “Jake Shillingford from the ’90s”, which made me laugh. I explained, actually I’m still alive and I am available from other decades as well.’

And he is proud of the band’s legacy: ‘People talk about the showmanship or the orchestra, the puns, or one-liner lyrics, but really for me, the one thing I’m proud of with My Life Story is the songwriting. And when you have a canon of good songs, people want to hear great songs, and reminiscing about that time, a lot of those bands from that time were fantastic tunesmiths, and that’s why maybe there’s a bit of a revival going on.’

They also released their first single in 15 years last week, 24 Hour Deflowerer. Does this mean there could be a full album?

‘It’s metaphorical toe-in-water time, and we’ll see what happens.

‘I’ve started to get back into writing those kind of songs again. I’m not hearing a lot of that sort of pop vignette coming out of the radio. ‘There’s some great stuff out there, but I want to bring that back. It’s a very disciplined art form. I wanted to go back and write something that screams in your face: “I’m a pop song!”’

They play The Wedgewood Rooms on Thursday, doors 8pm. Tickets £14. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk