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A Chat With Charlotte Cooper of The Subways

Charlotte Cooper of The Subways @ The Media Club Vancouver on April 26th 2016 by Jamie Taylor

It has been many years since English rockers The Subways have been on North American soil.

I arrived at the venue during sound check and hung out near the back, watching Charlotte, Billy, and Josh getting everything just right. Opening band Pins were loading in their equipment, and I tried my best not to be in their way. The sound from the speakers echoed through The Media Club. It was interesting just how loud it all seemed, when their wasn’t a heap of dancing bodies deadening some of the sound.

After they wrapped up, Charlotte and I headed to a quiet little room with a green couch and sat down to have a chat.

I ran across town after our discussion to check out a few other concerts, but then I made it back in time for the three-piece to get things going.

Charlotte Cooper of The Subways @ Media Club Vancouver © Jamie Taylor

Charlotte Cooper of The Subways @ The Media Club

Standing side-stage I watched as they revved up the crowd, Charlotte in particular is like ball lightning in front of the audience.

Each song they played invoked a sing-along session with the crowd, it was clear the room was full of die hard Subways fans.

Josh was a madman on those drums, his arms rained down in a constant fury of rhythmic precision. Billy’s vocals were guttural. He would torsion his neck and his face would turn this superb shade of red as he pressed every last bit of oxygen from his lungs.

The whole thing was beautiful and exciting.

Billy Lunn of The Subways @ Media Club Vancouver © Jamie Taylor

Billy Lunn of The Subways @ The Media Club

I have patiently waited many years for this trio from Hertfordshire to return to North America, and I was not disappointed.

They were an absolute blast; it was a sweaty, grinning good time that left a perfect taste in your mouth.

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