Husband helps out as Subways head out on tour

Subways by Tom Oldham.
Subways by Tom Oldham.
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One half of one of Sheffield’s leading music couples is ready to hit the road – and promising to play her hometown soon.

The Subways – featuring Charlotte Cooper on bass and vocals – have just released their self-titled fourth studio album and head out on a UK tour on Monday with dates in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham – but none in Sheffield.

And Charlotte, who lives in Walkley with husband Ryan Jenkinson, says: “We played at Queen’s Social Club last year, but we’ll be back – I’m always asking for Sheffield gigs.”

In fact, although she grew up in Essex, Charlotte says she is happy up north with Ryan – drummer with Reverend and The Makers.

The 28-year-old says: “ I love being in Sheffield – I’ve fallen in love with the city. I’m a triathlete and I love having the Peak District so close – it’s like a playground. It’s quite rare I think to have such direct access to beautiful countryside and have everything you could ever want from a big city: bustling music and bar scene etc.

“I’ve made so many friends here and it feels like home.”

And Ryan has joined her on tour recently while Subways regular drummer Josh Morgan takes a leave of absence to tackle ‘debilitating stage fright brought on by his Asperger’s syndrome’,

Charlotte says: “Ryan and I have played together for the past two years at Joe Carnall’s Christmas gigs in Sheffield, which were a lot of fun. It’s great to have the support from each other and to have someone who understands the ups and downs of band life.”

Although Charlotte is settled in Sheffield, her bandmates are far away.

Frontman Billy Lunn is in Hertfordshire where he and Josh grew up – the band are named after an underpass in Welwyn Garden City where they hung around as youngsters – while Josh is in France, meaning they have to be ‘really organised’ when it comes to recording and rehearsing.

Charlotte says: “When we’re working on new songs we email ideas around, so when we meet we can be really productive.”

While Josh may be on leave at present, he was involved in the new album which Charlotte is delighted with.

She says: “This is the first time we’ve self-produced an album, with Billy at the production helm, so that’s been a different experience. We took a lot of inspiration from songs pre our first album, Young For Eternity and went back to what we love about music.

“It represents the live energy and sound which has become the backbone of the band over the past 10 years.

“Our ambitions are all related to touring: there’s a lot of places we’ve never been to.”