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“Have you ever been on a night out where you buy someone a drink then you think, ‘aw shit, what do I do now?’” I was mentally dragged back to being 18 years old in the glory days of Tynemouth Front Street, buying an extra bottle of Kopparberg in the now sadly departed Sammy Jacks, as Club Paradise frontman Ryan Young explained the lyrical influence behind new single, Closer.

Flanked by two of his three bandmates, Jackson Vert and Nathan Hogg, in a bar in North Shields’ Fish Quay, Ryan continues: “I don’t want to hang around really awkwardly but at the same time I want to talk to you, I bought you this drink so…I mean buying a drink doesn’t mean you have to talk to anyone, that’s not what I’m saying, it’s just nice to have a conversation and that’s it, but it’s about having a nice time when you first meet someone.”

Speaking of beloved bars which have closed, Ryan admits “there’s a little tribute to Gotham in there as well, with a line about your feet being stuck to the floor. Gotham was always special to a lot of people. When we first started going out on the drink when we were 18, I remember me and Harry [the missing member of the band for our interview] going out with the lads from FEVA when they were The Hazels and it was really good fun.”

It’s very grassroots but that’s how you’ve got to get somewhere. It’s really heartwarming

Harry Webb’s absence from this interview might upset the band’s superfans, known to Twitter users as ‘Club Paradise Updates’. The fans behind the account have followed the band since their early days under their former moniker Street Party In Soho.

I ask them how they feel about having a standom from an early point of their career. After Jackson calls them “the nicest people”, Ryan retorts, “is that not why you do it? It’s very grassroots but that’s how you’ve got to get somewhere. It’s really heartwarming.” Jackson jokes, “they like Harry the most anyway and he’s not here.”

Being recognised for humour online is something Jackson takes great pride in. Not for the first time, Jackson and Ryan go back and forth about the growing reputation of their Twitter followers playing a game to correctly guess which of the pair are behind each tweet. Jackson insists if it’s funny it’s him, and Ryan admits it’s usually his funnier tweets which people say “must be Jackson.”

Ryan can at least take credit for the band’s unique music video output. Using found footage for each of the visual releases so far, means they’re not only cheap to produce but also more personal. Humour is yet again intrinsic to this digital aspect of their brand, with a meme-like feel to the videos and often with 80’s iconography which reflects their recent sound.

While previous single Kirby Keger was ostentatiously inspired by the music of 30 odd years ago, new offering Closer feels more typical of a band inspired by White Lies, which Club Paradise proudly profess. The single was recorded in a London studio Lewis Capaldi was working in a week prior, with walls plastered with plaques from Biffy Clyro, The 1975 and The Killers. No pressure then lads.

Club Paradise release Closer on 30th August. The band play Lindisfarne Festival on Saturday 31st August.


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