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- Posted on Feb 18th 2011 12:30PM by Jenny Charlesworth
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So there's no hard feelings about Robbie Williams and his mates scooping the Best British Group award? Really?
"My wife was a big Take That fan back in the day, so she'd kill me if I said a slight to them," laughs Neil. "But it's kind of strange to compare a band like ours with a band like Take That because it's a completely different thing. They're not really a band, you know? We're playing gigs every day of the year and then they're always in the celebrity environments."
"It doesn't bother us too much to lose, I think we're kind of used to things like that," he adds. "To be honest, we love our music to get nominated but it doesn't necessarily validate an album or band as being better than if it didn't get nominated. Some of my favourite records from last year didn't even get a mention, and yet I still think they're the best records of the year."
But what of their latest album, 'Only Revolutions,' being nominated in 2010 for the coveted Mercury Prize -- an honour viewed more as a musician's award than a mainstream popularity contest? Did that not serve as some sort of affirmation for the Scottish rockers?
"It's probably kind of slightly the same," says Neil. "Though with the Mercury it's very much a serious panel of judges that kind of judge it every year, so it's not necessarily the full scope of the music industry or people who don't know rock music. It's people that know their stuff and know their s---, so I guess they know more. I don't want to say too much."
"It's definitely a bit more credible," he adds, choosing his words carefully. "It's people that maybe made a record themselves and are involved in things, and people who listen to a lot of music and know all the genres. So it's got more credibility."
Neil would never snub an accolade but at the end of the day, collecting trophies isn't what the trio -- currently stateside pushing 'Only Revolutions' one last time before heading into the studio to record its follow-up -- is all about.
"You know, we're just a real band that's about touring and getting in front of people and connecting. We're just happy to get to play music."