Mailmusic: GIGS - PLAYING AT T'S BETTER THAN TEX; THE ZUTONS' FRONTMAN DAVID MCCABE SAYS SXSW MAY BE ONE OF THE US'S TOP FESTIVALS BUT IT FAILS TO OUTSHINE BALADO.. AND HE CAN'T WAIT TO HIT SCOTLAND AGAIN

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Byline: Avril Cadden

You've just performed at the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas. What was it like?

A bit weird - not what I expected. It was full of industry people. There were a lot of bands and it was hectic but I wouldn't call it a festival. It wasn't like Glastonbury orT in the Park.

I think of a festival as somewhere in a field out of the way. SXSW was in the middle of Austin which is a big city. It was all a bit much, to be honest. I couldn't keep up with it.

I wanted to see Ray Davies but he pulled out of the gig as he was having a tiff with Morrissey. I don't know what the argument was about.

I've done a few gigs where Morrissey has been on the same bill. You don't see him - he turns up in a car and runs on stage, it's all part of his thing. He's got to do things like that. When I'm 40 or whatever age he is and I'm still doing it, I'm sure I'll have to turn up in a BMW and get out with a veil over my head. It keeps things exciting, doesn't it?

You have a string of tour dates in Scotland, kicking off at Glasgow's Barrowland tonight then Perth, Aberdeen, Greenock and Edinburgh. Are you looking forward to it?

I'm looking forward to some work really. Playing live is what it's all about. It's been ages since we've done our own tour.

I don't like not touring as you get a lot of free time and get drunk a lot. The partying can overcome you. …