"We had been nominated for the Brit Awards long before
'Nosebleed' went in the top ten and the album at one. Though
at the time we thought we were still a fan based band. Although
I think 'Wide Open Space' was the most played record on Radio
1 in December, which was around the time we were nominated.
Though we still thought we were very much a fan based band
and we weren't reaching beyond our fan base. So I suppose
being nominated by Radio 1 listeners was a massive thrill,
a big buzz. Apparently we were the first band to be nominated
for a Brit Award before releasing an album."
Why have you released so many EPs?
"We came to the end of the year and we thought we'd better
record our album. Basically our main priority was not to try
and hold onto songs. Our idea of how to go about things was
to release whatever we had recorded at the time. So we had
more songs and released then and that's the way it carried
You also appeared on the 'News At Ten'. How did that come
"'The News At Ten' decided to do a piece on the British
music industry and
they talked a bit about Oasis and they decided that they wanted
to talk about up and coming groups as well. They picked on
us at a gig in Norwich and
filmed a bit of that and did an interview with Paul. That
was the first serious television appearance. We'd only really
done Zig and Zag before so it was quite a buzz being on the
And what about the impeccable timing of 'Stripper Vicar'?
(For those of you
that don't remember the EP was released the same week at the
catholic church's dodgy ministers were exposed for scandalous