How was the Justin Bieber tour?
Tom: It was so good.
Nathan: It was such a shame that we could only do the dates in Brazil, because he asked us to do the whole South America tour. The first night we went on stage in Brazil they were having tropical storms.
Max: As we were walking up to the stage we looked up at this black sky and saw lightning striking down. They weren’t sure if we’d be able to go on, as the lights at the front had already been knocked out by
Siva: There’s a picture of us and all the big stadium lights, then there is a massive streak of lightning going right down to the ground. It’s the best picture I’ve ever seen of us. And that’s where the song Lightning came from. Ha ha, it wasn’t really!
Tell us a little bit about the new album.
Tom: Have you heard it? It’s very different. The next single is called Warzone. We’re like Rihanna, churning those singles out.
Max: I think out of the 11 tracks, we wrote seven. And then there are an extra four tracks on the deluxe version of the album and we wrote all of those.
How have you changed since the first album?
Jay: For the first album we had a lot of input. This time we have a new record label who are great. It’s not a case of just inputting our ideas anymore, we have a lot of say in all the tracks and if they need to be remixed or re-recorded. We’re really creatively satisfied now and think we’re better writers. Our next single, Max and Nathan wrote. I wish I’d written it. I think we’ve all improved a lot.
Max: I remember being on the phone to my girlfriend Michelle when we were writing the song, and I remember having the conversation with her about it. It’s exciting that it’s the next single.
You seem really excited about everything at the moment!
Nathan: We are. This album is really exciting for us.
Jay: The new video was a lot of fun to shoot as well, and we’re doing a bit of acting in it. There’s probably not going to be an Oscar in the post, but it was really fun.
Nathan: I had to have a fight with this guy. The first time we just improvised so we could work out where we all needed to be and which angle the shot was to be filmed from. I had to square up to this guy who was a basketball player and about 6ft. He pushes me and I fly backwards out of the door I just walked through. We weren’t even filming at that point!
Siva: It was so funny.
Nathan: It’s going be a wicked video. We set fire to a grand piano in it. And a car.
How much say do you have in your videos?
Max: We always come up with the general idea for what want to do. With Lightning we kind of did it on the day because it was so last minute. For Glad You Came, the video was so different. In the original treatment we were given we were all throwing cupcakes and jelly. And we were like, what is this?
Nathan: It was shocking. We sat in this meeting and were like no, let’s go to Ibiza and have a party. Warzone is very different, it’s an angry video. It’s an angry song, though, if I’m honest.
As well as recording the album, you’ve been travelling a lot too.
Tom: It has literally been The Wanted’s
tour of the world. We have been everywhere. Australia, Singapore, Madrid, Brazil. Our passports are full of stamps.
Jay: And visas. Getting a visa is really
Nathan: It’s terrifying. They interrogate you.
Jay: We were there getting our visa and Gerard Butler was there too. We didn’t talk to him. We were scared, he’s about 8ft2!
Where is the best place you’ve been so far this year?
Jay: I loved New York, Madrid and Australia.
Tom: The first night in Australia was amazing, the second was the worst I have ever had. We had an hour’s sleep and a full day of interviews. I just wanted someone to put me to bed. Jet lag messes you up!
Siva: We tried to stay up to beat it but it didn’t work and we felt awful.
Jay: Max wanted to organise a shark-diving trip in Australia.
Max: We were on the wrong side of
Australia though, although the day we
got there someone got eaten by a great white. So it was lucky really. We would have been shark bait!