Any fans expecting a return to The Ordinary Boys' earlier sound will be surprised by the vast departure served up at times on this self-titled album. Gone are the quintessentially English sounds of 'Over The Counter Culture', the Two Tone/Ska of 'Brassbound' or even the heavily produced pop of 2008's 'How To Get Everything Ever Wanted In 10 Easy Steps', and in their place is a sound that leans far more on the likes of Weezer and Teenage Fanclub.
The reason for the change in sound could be a number of factors, but the departure of previous guitarist and co-writer William Brown coupled with the addition of former Spectrals man Louis Jones, means that the new direction in many respects was unavoidable rather than intentional. Jones' sharing the vocals on many of the album's tracks adds a new dimension to the band and really hammers home this change of direction as well as the notion that this is a fresh start for the band after a lengthy hiatus. The Preston/Jones vocal combination is one that blends together effortlessly on numerous occasions, but never to a greater degree than on confident album opener 'All About Tonight'. 'Looking back I never saw it coming', confesses Jones, and he's not alone in that respect, as Spectrals pop hooks instantly gel with The Ordinary Boys to triumphant effect.
What follows this charming introduction is a run of energetic pace setters in 'Awkward', 'Four Letter Word' and 'I'm Leaving You (And I'm Taking You With Me)', all carrying the carefree energy of début album 'Over The Counter Culture' in their stride. The style is only punctured by the incredibly infectious 'Panic Attack', which almost feels like a deliberate nod to The Ramones' 'Rockaway Beach', and the vibrantly positive 'Do or Die', which coupled together, form a solid midway point.
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Nick Hodgson, the former drummer, vocalist and lyricist for Kaiser Chiefs, has been working on a song with Olly Murs and Preston for Olly's new album.
The 'Trouble' hitmaker paired up with the the former drummer, backing vocalist and lyricist for the 'I Predict A Riot' rockers - who now works as a producer and song writer at his Chewido studios in London - after being introduced by The Ordinary Boys frontman and former 'Celebrity Big Brother' star Preston, who has been writing for Olly since he was runner up on 'The X Factor' in 2009.
Nick told the Daily Star newspaper: ''I've known Preston since the Kaisers supported The Ordinary boys when we started out.
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Tinchy Stryder has pulled out of next year's Celebrity Big Brother, citing a worry about how it might effect his reputation as a musician. Stryder announced the news to the country's Sun newspaper, saying "I asked myself whether people I respect would go on a show and I decided that they wouldn't."
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British rockers The Ordinary Boys are making a comeback - frontman Preston and drummer Simon Goldring are reuniting the band three years after calling it quits.
The Boys Will Be Boys stars parted ways in 2008, but singer Preston - who has since achieved success as a songwriter and producer - admits he misses performing with his pals and he is teaming up with Goldring to play a series of dates across the U.K. in December (11).
Preston says, "It's been five years since the band played live and despite having forged a career as a songwriter for other artists as well as (working on) some development and production (projects), I desperately miss those early, sweaty Ordinary Boys shows.
"I organised some time off in December to play some of my favourite venues from those days as a little release for myself and to give those songs the decent send off that they deserve."
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Chantelle has taken Victor's advice and decided to confess her feelings for ex-husband Preston after she leaves the 'Ultimate Big Brother' house.
'Ultimate Big Brother' star Chantelle has vowed to tell Preston how she feels about him, after getting advice from Victor.
However the former 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner - who fell in love with The Ordinary Boys singer on the show in 2006, and married him later that year before splitting in 2007 -said she will wait until the pair have left the house.
Responding to Victor's offer to tell Preston about her feelings she said: "I beg you, please don't. Please don't talk about it. Victor, I'm begging you. I don't want Preston to know how I feel. I don't think it's fair on him to know in here."
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'Ultimate Big Brother' housemate Chantelle admits being on the show is helping her get over her divorce from her ex-husband Preston.
Chantelle claims being on 'Ultimate Big Brother' has helped her get over her split from Preston.
The former 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner - who fell in love with The Ordinary Boys singer on the show in 2006, and married him later that year before splitting in 2007 - admits being reunited in the Channel 4 compound has helped her "move on".
She told Ulrika: "We both said that I'm gonna go and see him at the weekend when the show finishes. Obviously there's nothing more we can have 'cause, like, obviously Preston's got a girlfriend and we couldn't go back now anyway.
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'Ultimate Big Brother' housemate Chantelle admits she misses her ex-husband Preston and her ''heart aches'' for him - despite currently living with him in the Channel 4 house.
Chantelle admits her "heart aches" for ex-husband Preston.
The blonde model - who was married to The Ordinary Boys singer for nine months in 2006 before divorcing in 2007 - admits reuniting with her ex in the 'Ultimate Big Brother' house has been tough for her.
She told former winner Brian: "I do look at him and think... it's almost like my heart aches for him. It's weird.
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Former The Ordinary Boys frontman PRESTON studied philosophy to beat his spiralling drug habit - insisting his passion for reading saved him from his addictions.
The British star - real name Samuel Preston - shot to fame with his band in 2006, scoring a number one single on the U.K. chart and a top twenty album.
Preston admits his time in the band, which split last year (08), was marred by his prescription drug habit - admitting he became so dependent on pills he was barely able to function.
He says, "I was doing so many drugs I didn't know who I was. I was a zombie for months. The pills I popped meant I had no memory of what I was doing. I woke up at home so many times with cuts all over my body and no idea where they came from."
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Former ORDINARY BOYS frontman Samuel Preston reportedly has an 'electro' album finished and ready for release.
Preston who was briefly married to fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Chantelle Houghton has been away from the spotlight since The Ordinary Boys split early last year.
However, he has revealed that his new album just needs the artwork to be completed by his friends before it can be released.
Writing on his blog, he said the album had taken on an electro slant due to his "musical limitations".
"I vainly wanted to have a record that I wrote and played everything on and I have done it. I drummed on almost every song, but I needed to add some electronics to hide my sloppiness," he explained.
He also revealed that one track on the album will feature the choir from his old school in Chichester.
THE ORDINARY BOYS released three studio albums and scored four top ten singles.
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The Ordinary Boys frontman Samuel Preston's marriage to British reality TV star Chantelle Houghton is officially over - after a decree nisi was granted on Wednesday (22Nov07).
The British singer did not contest the petition, which cited "unreasonable behaviour", ending his 10-month marriage to Houghton.
Neither Preston or Houghton were present at the brief hearing at London's High Court.
The pair met after meeting on hit British TV show Celebrity Big Brother in January 2006.
The Ordinary Boys Buried in the Essex countryside - well away from prying eyes