Westlife are preparing to release their first album in nine years and, naturally, they have big hopes for their comeback, stating it has to be ‘better’ than Take That’s.
Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily have released their new single My Blood today, ahead of the arrival of their anticipated comeback album Spectrum.
The lads have already hit the ground running with the album’s lead single, Hello My Love, receiving warm reviews – not to mention the fact it was co-written by Ed Sheeran himself.
But Westlife have no plans on stopping there and are ready to push the boundaries to make their return to pop a success.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Shane said: ‘We really felt like we needed a tempo for this album and to make it more upbeat in general. ‘We needed to find a sound.’
Revealing their inspirations from other vintage ‘90s pop groups who have made big comebacks in recent years, Shane continued: ‘Boyzone, who are another band similar to Westlife, they came back and were better the second time around.
‘Take That still had all their classic hits like Back For Good and Relight My Fire, but their new music was different and was really good.’
The singer boldly admitted: ‘If there’s anyone we had to compare to or look at, it would be Take That’s comeback. It has to be on that level or better. We have to be a better version of our former selves. ‘If we want to play in the venues that we want to play in, we have to have really good music.
‘We’re very proud of it [our new album].’
We have faith in you, boys.
In addition to Ed Sheeran penning five tracks for the album, Westlife also enlisted their friend and pop super producer Steve Mac who has worked with the likes of Pink, Little Mix and Calvin Harris, to name a few.
Recalling their process of reuniting with the producer, Shane said: ‘We wanted to make sure it was the best that we could give.
‘The first we thought about was Steve Mac because he was our longtime producer and he happens to have all these hits.
‘We were joking about it going, “Maybe it would be good to get someone like Ed Sheeran”, maybe they could write a couple of songs and whatever.
‘Little did we know they’d already written two songs like nine months before that for us.’
Kian admitted that while they love their early albums, they definitely ‘had a few fillers’ on there.
He added: ‘We’re a better version of ourselves and we just kind of feel like that this album kind of sits in there with that.’
There are just a few weeks left until Spectrum lands and it could possibly coincide with a huge release from another big superstar.
Last month, rumours began circulating that Adele is set to release her fourth studio album sometime in November.
However, Westlife aren’t bothered about the competition even if she does as Shane joked: ‘I’ll probably be the first in line to download it to be honest,’ adding: ‘We’re all big fans of Adele.’
Following the release of their first new singles Hello My Love, Dynamite and Better Man, Westlife embarked on a stadium tour around the UK which, of course, was a hit.
But unlike their past tours, this one was made even more special due to the fact that their children were able to go with them.
Recalling the experience, Shane revealed: ‘It was amazing. I think that was the most special thing about this tour for us, being up on stage together was amazing, obviously.
‘I’ve seen our kids watching us on-stage and really understanding what daddy does and this was just so amazing. ‘Again, there’s so many nights where the kids used to come out for the last few songs and they’d sit in front of the barriers looking up right in front of the stage, and we’d be singing Flying Without Wings looking down at them. – The Metro