The Subways Head Back To “The OC” On “Welcome To The OC, Bitches!” Podcast

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In November 2005 The Subways took to the US airwaves, for an appearance on season three of the hit television show The OC. They performed at the Bait Shop, a fictional venue that, over the course of the show’s four seasons, also hosted The Killers, Modest Mouse and Death Cab For Cutie, to name but a few. Now, 16 years later, Billy Lunn (guitar, vocals) and Charlotte Cooper (bass, vocals) reminisce about their time on the set of the show, on the Welcome To The OC, Bitches! Podcast, with hosts and The OC co-stars Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke.

“I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but walking onto the Bait Shop set felt like a spiritual experience. It was a place that I was familiar with, having watched The O.C., but as soon as you arrive and start touching the bar and the walls, and look out of the windows that aren’t quite windows, you feel, for a very brief moment, like the veil has lifted. The reality that this was all just make-believe suddenly hit home for me. This was our first trip to the US, and it felt very dreamlike because of that. Usually when we go to a new country, we play a bundle of gigs and it’s all very unwieldy and low-key and rock and roll. Here though, we weren’t playing a gig in a dingy venue, but on a TV show that was broadcast to millions of people. After we’d finished filming, we went to watch some of the other scenes. Rachel Bilson [who plays Summer] saw us, came over and was like: ‘Hey, guys, I saw you filming your scene. That was really cool. How are you? I’m Rachel.’ And I was like, ‘I know!’ And she didn’t just chat with us for a little while, she hung out with us for the whole day! Thanks to appearing on The O.C., we were able to do a huge headline tour, zigzagging across America playing to full capacity venues with these wild audiences. We did that for a couple years – and we can still go back now and play America. You can tell when The O.C. is airing, because we suddenly get an influx of new fans. If it’s rerun in the States, we will suddenly get this interaction from a completely new generation. It’s amazing – and makes a change from the usual process of being in a band, releasing albums and going on tour. It feels like we’re part of a different culture that goes beyond music. It changed everything for us.” (Billy Lunn)

The Subways UK Tour 2023

The Subways are set to release their new album, Uncertain Joys, on the 13th January via Alcopop! Records and Bodan Kuma. The band’s previously announced UK album tour dates have been rescheduled to January/February 2023 and are on sale now.