AFTER nearly two years in the pop wilderness Scouting For Girls have returned with an album that is already scoring chart success.

After bursting on to the scene in 2007 with their self-titled debut album, Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Pete Ellard got big quickly.

Four top 10 singles, four Brit Award nominations and two million albums were sold in three years, including a number one with This Ain’t A Love Song.

Problems with the band’s record label meant recording on the third album stalled with the band left renting their own studio to carry on writing songs.

But last month saw the release of The Light Between Us which debuted at number 10 on the album chart.

Stride, lead singer and piano, said: “To go away for a year is such a long time in pop music – bands can be dropped in that time.”

And there has been a change in approach.

“We made a big, epic, guitar string indie rock album which is the music we really love,” said Stride.

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