He goes abroad to record

By Keith Falkiner
The Irish Star
21 November 2010

Notorious hell-raiser Shane MaGowan has fled from the harsh Irish winter to the sunny climes of Lanzarote to record new material with his latest band

The legendary Pogues frontman has revealed he can’t wait to get cracking on some new tunes with the five-piece band he has just recently pieced together called The Shane Gang.

The band which also consists of two members of the 80s Celtic rock sensation In Tua Nua – Jack Dublin on bass and Paul Byrne on drums – are yet to do any recordings after just doing a few impromptu gigs in Dublin.

But boozy songwriter Shane MacGowan(52) has now brought his new band-mates to the Spanish island where he has hired out some bungalows for the band to live in and record.

He said he believes the band can match anything he has done in the past with his other bands The POgues and The Popes.

”It’s a long long time since I’ve got such a positive vibe from a bnad like I get from this one and I can’t wait to get into the studio with them,” said Shane.

”I know there ‘s a brilliant album just lurking there, ready to be recorded.”

Shane and his Gang plan to spend next four weeks recording songs which he has already written before he will return here for the Pogues’ traditional Christmas tour of Ireland and England.

And the Fairytale of New York star predicted that there was more to come from the Pogues, even though they usually now only get together once a year.

”Well, it’s fucking not exactly over or anything like that, that’s the state of play with the Pogues,” he said.

“There’s the Christmas tour of England and Ireland but after that we’d really be looking out for big festivals that we haven’t played before – in new territories – something interesting. We’ll also be up along the East Coast of the USA around St.Paddy’s Day.”

In the meantime, Shane’s PA, Joey Cashman, said the performer will be concentrating on getting a good recording together with The Shane Gang.

”Shane has decided to bring the band over to Lanzarote for a bit of sun, but mainly to get some serious song writing done, so that’s exactly what we‘re doing,” he said.

”Shane has rented several bungalows over there and I think it’s going to be a really positive trip.

”I really believe we’re going to see ‘a new old Shane’ if you like, with this band and if the few small gigs we’ve done so far are any indication, there’s a special album on the way.

“Shane already has a lots of new songs that the band just have to get a hold of."


Special thanks to Jolanda de Wit !

He goes abroad