Gig preview: The Bluetones, Liquid Room

Back in 2011, Britpop favourites The Bluetones bade farewell to fans with a UK tour that was to be their last.

The band all went off in different directions following their final gig, with frontman Mark Morriss doing the solo thing for a while.

Last year, the band, who scored three top 10 albums and 13 top 40 singles, including Slight Return, got back together for a 20th anniversary tour.

Morriss admits he had no idea if anyone would want to see them when they hit the road again, but such was the reaction to their comeback gigs, The Bluetones are now back by popular demand.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to our 20th anniversary tour… which we thoroughly enjoyed doing,” says the 43-year-old singer, speaking ahead of the band’s visit to the Liquid Room on Monday night (25 April). “So knowing there was more demand to see us, we decided we’d extend what was originally supposed to be a brief reunion.”

Explaining their reasons for getting back together in the first place, Morriss says, “We just wanted to play together. We missed the simple thing of just being in a room together and thought ‘let’s just go and play some shows’.

“I think there was this sense that we loved what we had together and if we don’t use it we’re going to lose it, so let’s just play some shows.”

Happily, The Bluetones’ comeback looks like being more than just a Slight Return.

The Bluetones, Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Monday, 25 April, 7.30pm, £21, 0131-225 2564