Same band, but now dancing to a new beat

The Subways
The Subways
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The Subways are back. They’re about to follow up their latest single My Heart Is Pumping To A Brand New Beat with a new – as yet untitled – album and will be stopping off at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Sunday.

And pay attention, as you may see bass player and singer Charlotte Cooper around Portsmouth running, swimming or cycling.

She explains: ‘It started as a way to keep fit in between tours. Our live shows are pretty energetic, but when we had time off over Christmas a couple of years ago I felt really unfit. So I started running and that led on to triathlons. Now it’s a full-on obsession of its own.’

She recently took part in an iron man-distance triathlon of a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile run in Nottingham.

‘It’s fun to do. This year I did 11 hours and 37 minutes, so it’s a full day out. I was pretty happy with that, although there’s a lot of work to do – I was happy with the run but the bike and swimming could do with some work.’

And now she’s often out and about, training while on tour: ‘Running is easy, you can do that anywhere, but I spend a lot of time researching swimming pools and places to go on my bike.’

Aside from that, the band are currently polishing up their forthcoming fourth album.

‘Billy has produced this album, which is new,’ says Charlotte. ‘He’s produced our demos in the past and this time round he decided to have a go at the real thing. He’s done a really, really good job, although it was a whole lot of hard work.

‘Being involved with the writing, recording and producing meant he was working all the time. Me and Josh (Morgan, drummer) would go home and leave him with a whole lot of work, but it’s really paid off because the album sounds brilliant.

‘It still sounds quite as you’d imagine a Subways record to sound – rocky with pop melodies but perhaps a bit edgier. If you’ve heard My Heart Is Pumping To A Brand New Beat, you’ll know what I mean.’

Tickets cost £11 and doors open at 8pm. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk