RUISLIP pop heroes Scouting For Girls have arrived home following a whirlwind tour.
The three-piece band, two of whom met at Queensmead School, in South Ruislip, are still riding high on the success of their first number one single, This Ain't A Love Song, which topped the charts in April.
The band have a busy summer ahead, with appearances at the T In The Park and V festivals coming up. Percussionist Pete Ellard found time in his hectic schedule to talk about the band's year so far.
He said: "It's been great touring. We've been doing a few events in Germany too so we've been pretty busy.
"We do get a lot of freebies and are looking forward to the Mercedes-Benz World concert - perhaps they'll throw in a free car for us!"
The band draw inspiration from The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
"I love everything about performing live," continued Pete. "It's great to be able to do it and it's great when we get a huge crowd who know all the words to all our songs and sing along with us."
Pete met singer and guitarist Roy Stride when they were in the cubs and bassist Greg Churchouse was a pupil at Queensmead with Roy. All grew up in Ruislip.
Fast-forward to Valentine's Day 2007 and the group were signed to Epic records. By June that year their first hit was released, It's Not About You, and peaked at number 17 in the charts.
The band named themselves after the Scouting For Boys manual, which provides instructions on good citizen-ship. "All our friends we grew up with are from the Scouting Association. It was good and I have very fond memories," added Pete.
"The band's name always gets us into trouble! Everyone always asks us, 'are you scouting for girls?' But we all have partners, so we're not. It's just a double cheeky pun."
In January 2008 their eponymous debut album, Scouting For Girls, was number one in the album charts. Their second album, Everyone Wants To Be On TV, was released in April 2010 and the second single, Famous, is released next Monday.