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Busted recording new album without Simpson

By | Published on Tuesday 19 October 2010

Matt Willis has revealed that he and James Bourne are preparing to begin work on a new album without Busted bandmate Charlie Simpson. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat Willis, who is currently starring in the West End production of ‘Flashdance’, confirmed that the pair were working together again, though it’s not clear if any new output will be released under the Busted name.

Earlier this year, Bourne told the Flecking Records website that Simpson was blocking the pair from using their old band name: “Matt actually asked Charlie if he would mind us using the name Busted without him. He said [we couldn’t]. We invited him back, knowing he wouldn’t be into it. He doesn’t want to come back, but he doesn’t want me and Matt to do it without him either”.

Willis said this week: “Music is always in the back of my head. It’s always the thing that I want to be doing. There’s a chance we’ll be doing something soon. It’s the two guys who wrote Busted songs. So it’s going to be a little bit like Busted. But we’re both 27 now. We’re not seventeen writing about school teachers and the year 3000. Though we’re not writing about really grown-up stuff either”.

He added: “The way it’s taken shape, it’s funny. I don’t know if ‘Flashdance’ has influenced me, but its quite 80s, quite synth-based. But it’s still got guitars. It’s great. It’s wicked. Things are looking good. Fingers crossed, we should be making an album within the next six months hopefully. But we’ll see”.

Simpson, of course, is now the guitarist in Fightstar, who are currently on hiatus but planning to begin work on their fourth studio album next year. Simpson is also working on a solo album, which he is financing through fan-funding service Pledge Music.