Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Three of a Kind; Take That Have Teamed Up with Director Matthew Vaughn Once Again, on the Soundtrack of Spy Caper Kingsman:The Secret Service.The Musicians Tell Andy Welch about Working on the Film, and Why They Won't Scale Back Their Tour Because They're Now a Trio

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Three of a Kind; Take That Have Teamed Up with Director Matthew Vaughn Once Again, on the Soundtrack of Spy Caper Kingsman:The Secret Service.The Musicians Tell Andy Welch about Working on the Film, and Why They Won't Scale Back Their Tour Because They're Now a Trio

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Byline: Andy Welch

IT'S Take That's first day back at work - If you can call sitting around talking about themselves 'work', of course.

"I can never bring myself to refer to what we do as work," says Gary Barlow. "Certainly not at home. This is the thing that we play around with."

He does have a point. Their current project has involved more playing around than normal. Barlow, along with bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald have a song on the soundtrack of Kingsman: The Secret Service, the spy caper starring Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and newcomer Taron Egerton, which opened in cinemas recently.

They saw the film in its rough state last May, when director Matthew Vaughn asked them, as he did with his other films Stardust and X-Men: First Class, if they'd like to offer a song for the soundtrack. The band agreed; their song Get Ready For It plays over Kingsman's closing credits.

"What we got from watching it was that the film was very beautifully shot, expensive looking and dramatic, so we needed a dramatic, headline statement of a track," says Barlow, 44. "We went into the studio and came up with Get Ready For It almost straight away."

There was a nervous wait while the director made his decision, and finally the song got the green light.

The accompanying video sees the Take That trio living out their spy fantasies, in the same way Colin Firth and co. do in the film.

For Owen, a bit of a film buff, appearing on a film soundtrack is something of a dream come true.

"When I get a day off, I'll go to the cinema and watch three films in a row. And I love soundtracks," says the 43-yearold, before reeling off a list of his favourites, including Cinema Paradiso ("So, so beautiful"), The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty ("Really euphoric") and last year's The Fault In Our Stars ("Perfectly chosen").

Barlow looks incredulous at this. "There's only one choice for best film soundtrack, isn't there?" he says, leaving the other two waiting for his answer. "It's Star Wars, hands down."

All three would be interested in writing a full soundtrack for a film, although given their schedule for the rest of 2015, if it were to happen, it's highly unlikely it would be this year.

There's the small matter of their arena tour, after all, which begins in April. Compared to their recent stadium gigs, which included, among other things, a 60ft-tall moving robot called Om, circus performers, and a giant wall of water which the band and a team of acrobats abseiled down, their tour of UK arenas is relatively small.

However, they all laugh at the thought of playing to around 10,000 people each night being called 'intimate' or 'small' - planning is no less challenging, they say.

"We had our first meeting this week," says Donald, 46, just days after his wedding to illustrator Katie Halil. …

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