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Continued: British rock wunderkind Jake Bugg rippling through the States

Not so messed-up

Pointing to “Two Fingers” as an example of the way he writes, Bugg said, “I wrote that one with my friend, Iain Archer, and he kept asking me what it was like for me growing up. The lyrics were very close to the things I was telling him about.”

It was a surprise to him he continued to write along the same lines for the new album.

“I thought with the crazy year I had and everywhere I’d been, I wouldn’t write about my hometown again on this record, but obviously that’s what came out. I suppose I had a different perspective being away from it. With a place like that, you only miss the people, not the place itself.”

Ironically, Bugg said, he’s one musician whose life actually is more sedate and wholesome now that he’s living the rock-star dream. That’s quite an admission from the kid whose breakout song (“Two Fingers”) opens with the line, “I drink to remember, I smoke to forget.”

“It’s harder to misbehave now,” he claimed. “The schedule and routine keep you in line, and there are always people around me now who will tell me if I’m doing anything really bad.”

At least he still has PlayStation for a vice. 

Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658

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