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Bressie comes out fighting
He fantasises about killing Bertie and Biffo, armed himself with a baseball bat during the London riots and has some choice words for people who think he walked out on The Blizzards. He’s also made a solo album, Colourblind Stereo, which he hopes people will care about enough not to illegally download. Niall Breslin pulls no punches talking to Stuart Clark.
Stuart Clark, 29 Sep 2011
Was Bressie politically inclined as a teenager?
“I just remember being incredibly patriotic. I have a staunch Glaswegian Catholic mother. Glaswegian Catholics are even more… I wouldn’t say insane, but intense than the ones here. My mum’s family are from Glasgow but all their family are from Derry and Omagh. There was a point where republicanism was amazing and the IRA weren’t thugs and they actually truly believed in what they were doing. That all changed. I was never a republican because I hated any other country. I was just very patriotic. It’s the way my dad raised me.”
Bressie’s AK-47 hit-list isn’t confined to politicians, with a certain Z-List celebrity coming in for regular tongue-lashings on his highly entertaining @nbrez account.
“Kerry Katona makes me vomit from pure disgust,” he says disdainfully. “She’s the poster girl of how fucking unbelievably crass and crude things have gotten on TV. I just don’t think she’s a nice person.”
And what of her erstwhile Celebrity Big Brother housemates Jedward?
“They’re horrendously annoying, but there’s not a vindictive bone in their bodies. Could you ever imagine them saying anything bad about somebody? With so many people out there being mean and cynical it’s great to have two nice, remedial guys… if two babies came out of the womb and were able to talk and dance, that’s Jedward!”
In addition to assembling Colourblind Stereo, Bressie has also at Simon Fuller & Co.’s behest been collaborating with Gomez singer/guitarist/keys man
“We were supposed to be doing some writing for Olly Murs,” Bressie smiles, “but that quickly got knocked on the head and instead we came up with a really beautiful acoustic song called ‘Please Don’t Break My Android Heart’, which is on the album.
“Actually, it was funny – when Tom got the email about Olly Murs he was like, ‘Who? X What?’ He detached himself from the music scene years ago. There’s a quirky dimension to his writing that I love. He’s doing a lot of stuff at the moment with (Dublin songstress) Jenny Lindfors, which he’s very excited about.”