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Written by Blair Mishleau
07 Thursday 07th April 2011

Metronomy hasn't had a new album since 2008, and their newest, out April 11, has a few milestones. It's the first to be recorded in studio, and the first with new additions Anna Prior and bassist Gbenga Adelekan. Veteran member Joseph Mount sat down with us to discuss the different feel of the new album, The English Riviera, as well as what it's like to be a British artist living in Paris.

I suppose I’ll start with the age-old question of where’d you come up with your band’s name?

I was very young, I thought it sounded cool. It was years ago. I was just listening to things like Squarepusher, and I thought it sounded a bit similar. It was a very long time ago, sorry that it’s not a very interesting answer. It’s just a name, isn’t it?

It has a really nice balance to it. It’s just nice to say.

Ha, yeah. One thing I’ve realized about it is that in different languages, with different accents, it sounds very nice in all of them. It’s a multicultural name.

Which track are you most proud of in your most recent album?

It changes depending on the mood, but overall the first one that we recorded - We Broke Free. That’s the first thing that was done in the studio and felt like, “Okay, this is good! This is going somewhere!” It’s one of those songs that if someone else had made it, and I heard it, I’d love it. Not to sound egotistical! If you’d played the song for me when I was 11 years old and said “One day, you’re going to make this song”, I’d have been impressed!

But now that I’ve lived with the album for quite a while now, I feel quite attached to all of the tracks in a way.

This is the first time that you guys have changed members, is that correct?

Yeah, it happened at the end of the tour for the last record. We had to change everything around because Gabriel left. It’s the first album that’s out with a new line-up.

Would you say the new members have assimilated pretty well?

Yeah, absolutely. It feels like it’s been incredibly straightforward and simple. If it had been an issue I would have noticed the change. I don’t know what to say about it really, because it just happened so effortlessly really. Part of that is because we had to suddenly tour straightaway. We just had to get on with each other.

I really love albums that aren’t recorded in studios. Your most recent one you transitioned to in-studio. Any specific reason why?

The first two albums were done on a very basic computer setup, and it just would have been a bit kind of forced if the third record had been done on a computer in the same way, it would have been hard to justify why apart from doing it to still restrict the sound of it just for the sake of it. This was the first time that I could afford to do it, and now that nobody’s using studios, you can get them quite cheap!

It just seemed like the perfect opportunity. It seemed like the time to do it, the time to get serious.

Do you think you’re going to stick in the studio from now on?

Oh yeah. I reckon definitely for the next record. It’s like a climbing wall or something. It’s built for one thing, and there’s no way you can do anything but climb on a climbing wall. In studios there’s this really enjoyable thing, everything in this room is made for music and recording music. There’s something really enjoyable about sitting and working in that space for a long time, because it’s like there’s nothing else to do here apart from this.

It’s quite exciting really to get lost in that kind of environment.

Do you think recording in studio had anything to do with the change in feel from the last album?

Yeah, I think it’s half that and half the other way around. I wanted it to feel different, so I wanted to use a studio to make it sound different from Nights Out. I knew that the music was going to change slightly because I was imagining it as a studio thing. Part of the reason for going into the studio in the first place was for it to feel different so it’s like both things helped the whole idea.

I didn’t go into the studio imagining I was going to make a dance album and then started grooving. It wasn’t like that.

Is this your favourite album so far?

I dunno really. At the moment, but only because it’s the newest. I think there are still things on the first album which I find really evocative. They make me remember when I was making it. I think it’s nice to have this thing emerging where they’ll all a bit different because it’s difficult to decide which one you prefer. The most recent is much more relative to how I’m feeling at the moment and it would be this one. They’re all great.

Does living in Paris make rehearsals or recording the album tough at all?

No. It’s actually funny, having less time in London has had this interesting effect. When I was living here I didn’t see any of my friends, and now I do because when I’m here it’s as if I’m visiting. It just means that stuff like rehearsals are more condensed. Going to Paris is like going to Manchester anyway, it just means I’ve got to sort my time out better.

So what’s next on your radar? I assume you’re touring?

Yeah, well we’ve got UK touring and a Europe tour, festivals and stuff, then I think the plan is at the end of summer to go to America. We’re going to Japan, depending on how Japan’s doing, then Australia and places like that. It’s like work, work, work.

Do you think you’re going to take a break after?

I don’t know really, it depends. It feels like with every album, the interest is getting better and the music’s getting better. I think it’d be nice to get the next record out with a bit of speed, it’d be nice to feel like it’s rolling on a bit. It’s not like we worked so hard that after this we’ll need to take a year off. We’ll probably just keep on working hard I think. And put out a substandard fourth album, rush it out.  

Let’s not hope for that.

Yeah. It has to happen at some point. At some point you have to release an album which generally people don’t like. Thankfully it’s not happened yet, but it probably will at some point. There’s always one. Maybe I’ll do it on the fourth one and get it out of the way. We’ll see.

For more Metronomy, check out their site metronomy.co.uk and grab their newest album, The English Riviera out April 11.

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