“We had six amazing years together,” he reflects. “The gigs, the fans, the other guys in the band…it was all brilliant, but I’ve always found myself being embraced by all genre directions.
“Not only as a writer and a performer, but as a producer too; I’m fascinated by every part of the music-making process.”
He has managed to combine a number musical genres to glorious effect as can be heard on his debut solo single ‘Can’t Stay Young (Forever)’ – a big-chorused synth-pop anthem that screams ‘summer!’
The title came to Bressie in a flash of inspiration, as he recalls. “The track was 95 per cent finished but I couldn’t for the life of me think of a title until I was sitting there nervously waiting to get tattooed.
“The guy said ‘Are you sure you want to go through with this?’ and I went, ‘Well, you can’t stay young forever!’
“It’s the perfect summing up of what the song’s about, which is ‘I’m not 19 and in college anymore. There’s some serious stuff I need to be doing and achieving in my life’.”
‘Can’t Stay Young (Forever)’ is the first taster from an as-yet-untitled album and finds Bressie sharing the workload with Jimbo Barry.
Together they’ve allied themselves to Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment, whose managerial stable also includes such household names as Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. It was Fuller & Co. that arranged for him to hook up in Brighton with Gomez singer, guitar and keys man Tom Gray.
“We were supposed to be doing some writing for Olly Murs,” Bressie says, “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 going to be on the album.”
Wanting a particular ‘80s synth sound reminiscent of the days of his youth, Bressie booked into Sphere, the studio where Duran Duran assembled most of their new romantic-era classics.
It’s the same meticulous attention to detail you’d get from his production heroes Phil Spector, Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Paul Epworth. “One of the things I promised myself making this album was ‘no half measures’.
“What a song needs, it gets – even if it drives your management and record company crazy!”
Something Bressie hasn’t done much of these past couple of years but can’t wait to get back to is playing live.
“I love doing my mad scientist routine in the studio, but live in front of an audience is still what it’s all about,” he laughs.
You won’t have to wait too long to see him in action locally – he will play the Ruby Room at the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Thursday, October 13. Tickets cost €15 and will go on sale this Friday, August 5, on www.ticketmaster.ie and the Royal Theatre box office on 0818 300 000.
For further information, please check the theatre website on www.theroyal.ie or the Ticketmaster site on www.ticketmaster.ie.