Moving on to the next chapter in our lives ; Celebrating 10 years on the pop scene, McFly are practically aging rockers. Singer Danny Jones chats to TOM PELL ahead of the band's appearance at Birmingham's Fusion Festival
HANKS to ever-young blighters like Ryan Giggs Tand The Undertaker, a 10-year career in the public eye might not seem like a big deal. Only it is. Especially when you're still only 27, you've managed to stay friends with your band mates, and you've been writing your own pop stompers since the visually-impaired days of floppy fringes, that were probably straightened with your mum's GHDs. Ahh, 2003...
"I actually forgot about it," says McFly's Danny Jones, on the subject of the band's anniversary last week.
"I was in the studio. It got to about 11pm and someone text me saying that I hadn't tweeted much about it. So I went a bit mad then. It's just gone so quick. But it doesn't feel like an end at all, more like 10 years is the first chapter. Now we'll move on to the next one."
Danny, along with band mates Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter, are nowadays entering the realms of being considered national treasures.
We've followed them through bearing the weight of Busted's pop- rock mantle, their transition from teeny-boppers to heartthrobs and even their assault on a string of reality shows from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here... to Strictly Come Dancing. On the subject of Busted, Danny actually stops half way through our chat to say a quick hello to singer Matt Willis.
Upon his return, Danny adds: "I do believe that we have underachieved, in terms of the early days, or even now, in how some people still don't believe that we write our own stuff.
"People still ask me. It's madness! But it doesn't matter. We've got such a great fan base, and they've kept us going. Now, there's nothing better for me than when there's all four of us in the studio, making new music, and getting excited about showing it to people."
Album number six is currently being written, and reunites the lads with Jason Perry, record producer, songwriter and former vocalist of Suffolk-based band A, who produced McFly's third and fourth album.
"We met up at Harry's wedding, and I said wouldn't it be amazing if me and him produced the next album. He's a really good consensus on decisions. And he's like a big kid! He loves his M&M's. He's more excited about sweets than his kids are. He came round to my house the other day, when we were recording vocals, and he brought a big pack of Party Rings with him! I hadn't had one for years. It reminded me of bingo or something."
As well as working with great people, the lads are now settling down with partners. Last year Tom married his childhood sweetheart, Giovanna Falcone, whilst Harry wed Izzy Johnston, formerly of violin troupe Escala, in December. Dougie is currently dating model Lara Carew-Jones. Danny is the latest to join the wedding party, after last month announcing his engagement to model and former Miss England Georgia Horsley.
He laughs: "You've got to keep a good one haven't you. Ha! It doesn't change anything really. I don't know, it's weird. I had a pretty rubbish start to 2013, but now it's turning out to be amazing."
Not content with their current legacy, McFly are also planting seeds amongst newly-elected pop royalty by writing with One Direction to construct songs for the supergroup's next album. Danny will also produce one.
"I've literally got to finish it tonight and send it off," he says.
"It's funny, it turned out that Niall and Louis were at one of our first ever shows. And they were all like, 'we copied your haircuts, and you made us want to play guitar', which is really amazing to hear. They're the biggest band in the world right now. And their favourite band was us! We influenced them. It's really strange, because you feel like a veteran!" Veterans before their 13th birthdays? Giggsy would surely scoff. Yet what does the next chapter hold for McFly? Danny says: "I think we'll always have a strong melody involved, we'll always be trying to get the hooks in there. I think we'll just be a really, really, amazing pop band. The British... Hanson. Ha!"
'' We've got such a great fan base, and they've kept us going. Now, there's nothing better for me than when there's all four of us in the studio, making new music, and getting excited about showing it to people DANNY JONES
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