record company then praised some of the songs from our new demos.
So we felt it best to add them to the album. It was a very strange
way of making it. Throughout the whole process we were just
interested in making a consistent album, rather than having
a group of songs that you have to play on through."
"We had this dilemma after 'Emoticons'," reveals Jason
"because 'Hello' was basically just demos and 'Emoticons'
was a proper studio album and yet it didn't seem to sit together.
It had some kind of internal coherence missing but with this
album we were very conscious of making it coherent. That was
the main thing and getting someone else in to mix it after a
year was a great idea. He brought along loads of new ideas,
put loads of backwards stuff on duet, played around with all
sorts of sounds. It was terrific sometimes he took stuff off
in a complete new direction."
Ben continues to express his feelings "It's odd because
with the first two albums we were thinking too much about the
songs. Where as you've got to learn to pull yourself out your
situation to realize what you have to give to people at the
end of it. We realized you have to give people a nice package
rather than just picking songs at random and saying that's it
we'll have that."
"The trouble with writing an album is that it's a piece
meal approach to something that you want to sound a coherent
whole," suggests Jason. "It's not like writing a book
where you have a beginning, middle and end, you've just got
a bunch of songs and you have to try and cram the ones that
you want together in the right order, to make something that
feels like the shape of an album. It's a bit like backwards
Would achieving the goal of that perfect coherent album be placed
high on the band's thoughts for attaining success or were there
more beautiful things imaginable? >>