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- Posted on Jun 1st 2010 7:30AM by Jody Thompson
Talking to Spinner on May 28 before playing in Ravenna, Italy, on their European tour, the Southampton blues-rock trio's drummer, Matt Hayward, reveals they're heading back into the studio following their recently-announced one-off show at London's Forum on October 7.
He says, "That show will probably finish the tour, then we'll get cracking on the second album. Everyone's itching to get back into the studio. We're aiming to be releasing another record early next year. We all write individually, then come together in the studio. Everyone's got bits and pieces written already. It's a bit competitive between the three of us as to which ideas we follow up and work on though!"
The band's debut LP was rush-released digitally in April 2009 following demand when its debut single, 'I Know What I Am,' was made iTunes single of the week earlier that month. The album was released physically in March 2010 and has continued to build on the outfit's slow-burn, 'word-of-mouth' success.
Current single 'Death by Diamonds and Pearls' hit the shops on May 17. Next single, 'Fires,' will be released on September 13 ahead of the September 20 release of a deluxe version of their debut album. This features five new tracks, including 'Friends,' which featured on the soundtrack of 'Twilight Saga: New Moon.'
Matt says that being on the soundtrack of 'New Moon' introduced them to a host of new fans -- and helped boost their Twitter followers to more than 46,000.
He tells Spinner, "People are turning up to our shows because of that. We were very excited when we were asked to do it, then when we saw we were on the soundtrack with the likes of Thom Yorke, Muse and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, we were very flattered."
"The nice thing is, it's a group of people who wouldn't necessarily get into our band otherwise, we're reaching a whole new group of people. It's amazing!"
The band has also announced it's playing a free London show on June 11 on a boat, the Thames-moored HMS President.
Matt laughs, "This European tour has been full of incredibly random venues. We've played on a boat already, we've played in a circus tent and tonight we're playing on a beach. We're really looking forward to another floating gig!"