Tony Rogers is cheerful – and well he might be. The Charlatans are about to release their eighth album, Up at the Lake, which marks fifteen years of Brit-rock ascendancy. The band’s longevity is phenomenal, given the fickle nature of the music industry and of the listening public, but their new album proves that they find no difficulty in creating music that sounds fresh and original, even after fifteen years. “We don’t do history”, remarks Rogers, and you can see what he means. Each Charlatans album retains its own identity, thanks to the fact that the music they write reflects exactly their circumstances at the time of production. For example, “There are a couple of sad songs on this album, which I wrote because I had just lost someone close to me. In general, though, I think that the album sounds very English, because it was recorded here and that’s influenced it.” So what exactly makes the album sound ‘English’? Rogers thinks that it’s the mellow truthfulness of the words, the way that it talks about love and loss and life without flinching. “It’s pretty realistic about things like that,” he says. “Basically, the album does exactly what is says on the tin.” Their previous album, Live it Like You Love it, bears little relation to the relaxed and melodic stylings of Up at the Lake. Rogers points out that “it’s got a sunny, upbeat kind of sound, which is probably because we recorded it in California. It definitely sounds Californian, and I think that tradition influenced us – you know, The Beach Boys and that kind of thing.” Fair enough then – it’s clear that The Charlatans’ sound is defined by what they experience. But who, exactly, are The Charlatans? Rogers describes the band as “just four other blokes who are on exactly the same wave-length as me.” And what wave-length might that be? “We don’t want to change the world. We just want to make better records,” he enthuses. “We just want to rock and roll, and anyone who wants to join us – well, please do!” He needn’t ask; it seems that plenty of people have already joined in the fun. Interestingly, a large proportion of the band’s fanbase seems to be fairly young – that is to say, it consists of people who were tripping up in the primary school playground when the band were just starting to make it big. “The people who started out with us in ‘89 have gone off to get married and have kids. They’re still with us, but they don’t really come to gigs anymore, so it’s nice to have a younger generation of fans as well.” It’s not hard to see why – for a band that’s been around so long that, in musical years, they should be resting on Fender zimmerframes when performing live gigs, the ability to produce a record as contemporary as Up at the Lake is no mean feat, and one that’s calculated to raise the interest of even the most jaded teen suffering from Pop Idol ennui. Some might say, about bloody time too – Up at the Lake comes nearly two years after their previous release. In the music industry, such a break would have shot a lesser band into the apocalyptic oblivion of daytime TV interviews and the bargain shelf in HMV. But not so The Charlatans. “We just had to recharge our batteries, to find a new direction,” Rogers explains, “but it was worth it – I love the new album, I actually think that it’s the best one we’ve ever done.” During the hiatus, the band embarked on various solo production projects, but mostly they just rested from the gruelling schedule of gigging and recording that had been their lot for the last decade. The Charlatans are lucky, in comparison to most bands, in that they have the luxury of taking a break when they like – having assumed control of much of their own recording and production, the whims of ‘evil corporate giant’ record companies don’t play much part in the band’s life. “Get a day job!” is the advice that Rogers would give to anyone thinking of following in the band’s footsteps. “Record companies aren’t interested in you or in your music, they’re only interested in the money it makes them. They’re all looking for the new Bright Young Things. It sounds clichéd, but you have to do what you want, not what they want.” Perhaps that’s all to easy for a member of one of Britain’s top indie bands to say, but Tony Rogers says it like he means it. His devotion to creating quality music is obvious, and is representative of the rest of the band. “We don’t have a message to get across; we’re not political. To be honest, all we want to do is have fun and to make lots and lots of great music – that’s what The Charlatans are about.” He gives the impression that The Charlatans exist as a musical entity, rather than a collection of individual musicians. “It’s more important to carry on the name of the band – the name itself implies that. In fact, there are only two founding members from ’89 still in the band – I didn’t join until 1997. What we’d all love is for The Charlatans to be playing in 50 or 100 years time, without us of course, but still a group of musicians keeping the flag flying, so to speak.” So what is the best thing about being a member of this open musical collective, as it seems to be? “Waking up in the morning and knowing that I can do whatever the hell I want,” he chuckles. And the worst? He pauses – there can’t be much wrong with being a member of The Charlatans. Finally, “Probably the fact that I’m still single!” he says, bursting into laughter so infectious I can’t help but join in. A charlatan by name, maybe, but a gentleman by nature.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004
Foundation applicants needed The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its August 26 meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Commencing immediately, one lawyer to serve remainder of a three-year term, ending June 30, 2006, on this 29-member board of directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download and complete the application online from the Bar’s Web site, floridabar.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Friday, August 5. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Foundation applicants needed August 1, 2005 Regular News
An apartment in the Quay West building in Brisbane’s CBD is for rent.HOTELIER Steven Shoobridge has listed his Brisbane CBD apartment for rent for $500 a week.The fully-furnished, one-bedroom unit is in the landmark Quay West building in the heart of the city, and is famous for luxury, space and views. An apartment owned by hotelier, Steven Shoobridge, in the Quay West building at 132 Alice St, Brisbane, is for rent.You might remember Mr Shoobridge, who is the boss of Star Hotel Group, paid $10.138 million last year for the mansion built by disgraced Australian businessman Christopher Skase on Hamilton Hill.The cashed-up hotelier and Harvard Business School graduate also sold a Brisbane riverfront penthouse to former prime minister Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein in late 2016 for $8 million. The Quay West building at 132 Alice St, Brisbane.Records show Mr Shoobridge and his wife, Julie Anne, paid $440,000 for the Quay West unit in 2016.They tried to sell it earlier this year, but have now listed it for rent through Tessa Residential New Farm.The unit has been given a fresh coat of paint and new carpets.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The view of the Botanical Gardens from Quay West in Brisbane.It features an open plan layout, leading to the large, private balcony overlooking the Botanic Gardens.The bedroom features a queen sized bed and a built-in wardrobe. Facilities in the Quay West building at 132 Alice Street include five-star hotel services, a restaurant, a cocktail bar, conference rooms, an outdoor heated pool with a water feature and a huge terrace, spa, sauna and gym.