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In March, Spinner reported her sudden decision to quit, while the Scottish band was working on songs for the follow-up to their 2008 eponymous and Mercury-nominated album. At the time, her reasons for leaving were unclear.
Now the group has revealed McKay's replacement is Swede Jonna Löfgren, with frontman James Allan explaining to the NME that the demands of success caused the original member to leave.
"It was probably me saying, 'Hit this drum, hit that drum'," he said. "Doing a demo, getting gigs, doing a demo, doing another demo then a record in New York, then it's playing at Wembley with U2, Glastonbury ... she never asked for any of that."
Allan added, "Everybody's cool with each other. Caroline could have stayed and taken the money, but she left." He went on to narrate how guitarist and cousin Rab Allan asked for a female replacement from Sweden. Two days later, the Swedish arm of their label Columbia sent one along.
"I went from being embarrassed about Rab to, 'What a f---ing genius,'" Allan remembered. He also revealed that after LA, the band worked on the album in London with U2 and Depeche Mode producer Flood. It is slated for release in the first half of next year.