You’ve just released a new single, “All Your Friends” – what’s the reaction been like so far?
Jack Cochrane: We love it, it’s been really good so far. We didn’t really want to take the same turn as we’ve always kinda done with a new single, because we haven’t released anything in a while we felt we had to come with something a bit different, a bit of a curveball. We took a bit of a risk in the style that it’s in, but everybody seems to fucking love it, so that does us man.
Joe McGillveray: I think it represents our taste in music as well, ‘cause it’s no sort of the classic straightforward indie sound. It’s something a wee bit fresh and kinda different to the norm.
What was the inspiration behind the change in style, did you sit down and plan it out?
Jack: As it happened we were over in fucking LA, starting to the record the album, and fucking we were kinda just going through ideas and trying to mix some stuff up. We’ve been working with this mad producer, who’s like kinda…
Jordan Mackay: The craziest thing is that [All Your Friends] is the most normal sounding tune that we done…
Jack: We’re working with a mad producer that’s just trying to push things into a fresh place, doing what no one else is doing. That song shows a lot of what he’s getting us focusing on, new rhythms and stuff like that.
Callum Wilson: I think with guitar music it’s easy to fall into the landslide indie thing, so we thought we’d just try to change the game a bit.
Jack: We’re all about proving critics wrong and that, so if anyone says ‘It’s just another indie band’ or it’s another this, that or the next thing, then it’s like well… have a munch on that.
Callum: We also welcome every critic to a square-go.
Joe: That invitation is also open to anyone else that fancies a challenge.
Jack: The next stuffs gonna be even madder than “All Your Friends”…
Joe: It’s funny how every question turns into us challenging people to a square-go.
Jordan: It’s because we had to fight for our father’s affection…
You’re not long back from SXSW, what was the experience like performing in the US?
Jack: Good man! We started off basically just recording and stuff like that, it was quite a terrifying experience for four guys from the middle of nowhere basically. Fae there we kinda, we’re always trying to tour out of our bounds, no just play the same circuit that everybody’s playing and the kinda trap that people get caught in. So, the plan was to go over and see how well we’d be received by people who had never heard of us before. So, that was the plan, just tryna go over there and drip our toes in the water. We played LA, Texas, then New York man, so it was definitely challenging for us… but we wouldn’t have gone over there if we didn’t think we’d be received well.
Joe: We ate pizza in New York, smoked weed in Cali and shot guns in Texas! It was the American Dream! And we filled every room that we went to as well, which was kinda a surprise to start with…
Callum: Not just wae bodies, but wea fucking tunes!