"We wanted to take things slowly
because of our friends, The Nine Black Alps. They did things
quickly and lots of people jumped on it and there was this
almost instant backlash," explains Jon.
A backlash in Manchester, but isn't Manchester supposed to
look after its own?
"Perhaps it was bigger in Manchester because of the bands
trying for years and it happened to Nine Black Alps in just
a year. It's really annoying when you see people do that with
bands," he continues. "I think we just wanted to
make sure we got everything right. We didn't want to make
an album that was kind of rushed between touring and everything.
We kind of wanted to just get an idea of what we were doing
at the time, working out the songs for the album, which Dave
picked together perfectly. 'Gravity & Crisis' wasn't recorded
until about two months before we went in for the recording.
Then again we didn't want the album to take quite this long
to get released. It was supposed to be out in January."
"It worked better for taking the time and not rushing
releasing it," states Lee. "But in hindsight if
we could have done everything that we did do instantly we
would have preferred that. Things kept happening, which put
"Good things of course," says Stuart smiling.
Interview by Andrew
Photography © The Longcut and
Andrew McLean 2006