Charlie: Basically it’s kind of a crazy journey we’ve been on as a band and, to be honest, I don’t think any of us thought that we’d be sat here today talking to you about doing this.
James: Also I think, what is going to be important in helping to understand why is if we explain how. Matt and I had been talking to Charlie… this was about three years ago, we went round his house and discussed the idea of doing the band again. We sort of knew where Charlie stood on it and expected that he wouldn’t be interested because he was still very busy with his own music. Matt and I were very keen on the idea of doing something with Busted again and we just wanted to run it by Charlie because the three of us were still members of the band really, even though the band wasn’t together we still were members on paper. This was the first time we’d hung out since we split up.
James: We were in Charlie’s garden and his Spotify playlist was on and as we were talking and catching up, I was listening to all the music and just thinking to myself, I liked all of the songs on his playlist. It just kind of made me think that maybe after all these years we were actually on the same page musically again, in the way that we were before the band began in the first place.
Charlie: Yeah, I mean I remember playing stuff like Phoenix and Bruce Hornsby, stuff that I love, and James was saying to me ‘I love this record!’. That was a real surprise to me. When I left the band we were on such polar sides of the creative spectrum, which is one of the reasons that it all came to an end. That was a real catalyst moment for me, thinking that we came across this common ground that I didn’t think we would ever have. That’s what seeded the idea in my mind. What would Busted look like today and how that would work? Then the guys went away and we didn’t really think much of it.
James: Then it was really funny because obviously Matt and I started touring with McFly, but we were building our relationship with Charlie throughout that whole time. I went round Charlie’s house and played him some music I was working on and it was amazing because it just clicked. The idea of going to a studio to make music was something that appealed to all of us.
Charlie: That was a real moment for me. James played these ideas and we were suddenly on the same page again, which was something I never thought would happen to be honest.