We caught up with them ahead of their headline performance at Farmfest this August, and asked for the tracks they enjoy playing out and listening to at home...
At Home / 5 tracks I’m listening to...
Late In The Evening - Paul Simon / I don’t know why but I’ve really re-discovered this lately - the percussion on it is amazing and it never fails to put a smile on my face.
Rosanna - Toto / Speaking of putting a smile on my face, I am definitely at least slightly obsessed with this song after hearing it in a restaurant the other day. It’s got everything! And it makes me very happy.
Restless Fugitive - Willy Mason / I finally got around to buying his most recent album, which came out last year, and this is an absolute masterclass. Subtle, powerful and with a fantastic groove behind it all. It reminds me of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco.
Klapp Klapp - Little Dragon / This is the kind of bassline Thom Yorke wishes he could write. It’s monstrous. I’d love to hear it on a massive system - it sounds enormous even on my little hi-fi speakers. Incredible song and a great band.
The Next Jet To Leave Moscow - Manic Street Preachers / We were lucky enough to support the Manics on a few dates in May, as well as last year. They played a few songs off the new album but not this one, which I discovered when I bought it last week. It’s got a great wistful feel to it - I love the guitar and keys parts, and the progression is really nice.
On The Road / Tracks we play out...
Spitfire - This is probably the best known of our songs so it’s always a good one to get going - nothing really beats the thrill of hearing people cheering at the start of one of your songs! And it’s nice and fast and energetic too so it’s a good one for festivals.
Night Mail - I enjoy playing this because it feels quite different in a number of ways to the album version, having a longer intro and outro as well as a bit more room for improvising. I think it’s important to keep an element of improvisation in a set, especially one so reliant on technology as ours.
Elfstedentocht Part 2 - This is one of the danciest songs we’ve done to date, and I like the obtuseness of it - the prospect of playing a song about an ice skating marathon, in Dutch, to UK festival crowds strikes me as oddly appealing. It tends to get people swaying in a bit of a groove, which is always nice to see.
ROYGBIV - Another lively number and one with plenty of room for improvisation (also called ‘mistakes’!), this is a nice sunny song for the great outdoors and a bit of sunshine (fingers crossed).
Everest - We close with this, so it seems appropriate to finish with it here, too. It’s a big triumphant moment in the set (‘they’ve finally finished! Oh thank the lord!’) and we sometimes bring horns along for it too, which makes it into a really special song to play. I find it probably the most personal out of all of our songs.
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