WHEN Babyshambles were an ongoing concern, it always seemed to be drummer Adam Ficek pulling the strings and keeping the Pete Doherty engine oiled.
And then, suddenly, it was all over.
Now, former new city fella Ficek is able to operate his own machine, and unlike his temperamental, beat up former band, this baby is humming!
On Monday Adam issued his third release under the Roses Kings Castle banner, titled British Plastic.
“The album was put together after the Babyshambles collapse,” he told City Nights.
“I sunk the last remaining coppers I had into creating a makeshift recording space.
“I wanted to have a hive to be able to create music in a way that I could financially sustain.
“The goal with this album was to make it sonically ‘angrier’ and bigger compared to my last ventures.
“Maybe that had something to do with my state of mind...who knows?”
Adam takes City Nights through British Plastic, track by track...
THESE ARE THE DAYS
I always knew I needed a live opener and created this song with that in mind. It’s Britpop meets a razorblade. Brash guitars with an anthemic vocal line
I CAN’T SAY
This song was floating about for a while. I couldn’t quite get the production right. It was always a little twee so I injected a sonic freak-out in the middle to cleanse the palette
HERE COMES THE SUMMER
Again, another guitar based track with a punchy rhythm. I wanted to create a brash guitar song with an electronic punch
KITTENS BECOME CATS
This is far more stripped back than anything I have done. It’s a dark, moody stomp with a shoegaze chorus.
It was a challenge to create the changes between the space and the wash of guitars
PEOPLE AND PLACES
A two minute punk pop whirlwind sitting between The kinks and The Wiggles
Another song which we were playing on the last tour. Back then it was a Buzzcocks type affair with a power pop chorus. I slowed the whole thing down and bent it into a hip hop type animal.
I also piled on as much sonic dirt as possible. It felt right,
SEEDS OF MOSCOW
I had the main riff for a while and it slowly evolved into this song.
The idea was to create a tribal pulse to underpin a frantic post punk journey
Being quite a novice on guitar, I made this one my ‘chugga chugga’ track. It’s a physical workout to keep all those downstrokes fluid.
Big bright chorus and some naughty synths creeping in.
IF THE RAIN COMES
My ‘woe is me’ moment. I wasn’t going to put it on as I thought it was a little self indulgent, but it sums up how I was feeling post being in a big brand band.
About someone I don’t like
I LET GO
The closing anthem that very album needs to have.
I wanted to create a sense of depth and size. It closes out the live set with its spread of guitar.