“It’s definitely true that if I’m really sad, then the songs tend to pour out. just kind of wrote itself”
“We were doing our first tour and Guy Garvey came to the Manchester show, and I’d just got the letter from the Ivors people, and I was told that I wasn’t allowed to announce it to people for another four weeks. But after the show, I just couldn’t bear it, I had to tell him, and then he said, ‘hmmmm, rrrright, I think we might be up for the same award.’
“He was amazing afterwards, because they obviously won, and then in all the interviews he gave afterwards, he kept saying he thought that Melting Snow should have won. You just couldn’t lose to a better band, really. “We’ve been pretty lucky with Sleeper, because it’s gotten good reviews. But you can have, like, 30 or 40 amazing reviews and then you have one bad one and it’s just like, uh, straight to your heart. The writing on this album in particular is very personal, so that makes it even harder to deal with bad reviews.” “I’m really not that into traditional English folk music, I find it a little bit twee. I prefer the more contemporary-sounding stuff. The big inspiration for me was early to mid-Sixties Beach Boys, like Pet Sounds, Friends and 20/20. As soon as I heard those arrangements on pop songs, it kind of opened my ears to so many possibilities. The ultimate pop song? It’s probably an obvious one but Good Vibrations.” “My very first band, with Shane and Paddy, was called She Talks To Angels. After that, I joined The Telescopes just as they were being dropped by Creation Records. But I’ve no regrets – it was a very formative period, and I learnt a lot about music when I was playing with them.
“Paddy’s got his own band now, Riding the Low. I produced his first few demos, and one of the first Leisure Society gigs was in Burton with Riding The Low.” “I did a bit of writing with Beth Orton recently, but I’ve been so busy with The Leisure Society, I’ve had to turn down a couple of offers, which was quite painful to do, because they were things I would have killed for a year ago. I still do play with a couple of bands from Brighton, one of them called The Sons of Noel and Adrian. It’s very enjoyable to play in other people’s bands, because there’s not so much pressure.
“I’d love to do more soundtrack work. I did a little work on Shane’s movies, and I’d love to do more of that. Every interview we do, I keep dropping in Wes Anderson – we’d really love to do a soundtrack for him.” “I’ve always said that in my case happiness writes white. Because if I’m really happy in my personal life, I don’t really have much to write about. It’s definitely true that if I’m really sad, then the songs tend to pour out. Melting Snow just kind of wrote itself, as did a couple of other tracks on the album. But the last track on the album, Love’s Enormous Wings, was written when I met my current girlfriend, so I know I can write happy songs.