July 5, 2014 9:50
Alt-J express concerns that new single 'Left Hand Free' will be used at an 'NRA convention'
The trio release their new album 'This Is All Yours' on September 22
Speaking about the new track, they have called it "the least Alt-J song ever", written to appease their American label who didn't think the recently released 'Hunger Of The Pine' was a "big single". Discussing 'Left Hand Free' in The Guardian, they say the song was written in 20 minutes and is based around a "joke riff" that frontman Joe Newman started playing one day.
Drummer Thom Green says of the track: "I tried to make the drums as cliched as possible, there's none of my personality in it". Newman adds: "And I say, 'Gee whizz', which I'm not sure is a phrase I've ever uttered before. I can imagine it appealing to American truckers with Good Riddance To Bin Laden stickers!" Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton then states: "Oh God… Someone's going to walk onstage to it at an NRA convention."
The band release their second album 'This Is All Yours' on September 22. It is their first release since the departure of band member Gwil Sainsbury. Speaking further to The Guardian about the band's perception as being too 'normal', Unger-Hamilton commented: "We're not deliberately being an anti-rock band. If you came on tour with us, you'd see us get drunk and do a lot of silly stuff. We're not literally reading aloud from The River Cottage Year and knitting cardigans – we just don't turn up in leather jackets and sunglasses and get the shots in for a lunchtime interview with the Guardian."
Green added: "I quite like people thinking that we're normal, 'cos we are. I think we do make interesting music, and I'd rather have that than make average music and have to compensate by being ridiculous people. To me, the coolest bands are Portishead and Radiohead, who are completely normal."
The band will tour the UK this autumn. The first Manchester and London dates have sold out but a second Manchester date will now take place on September 20.
Alt-J will play:
Glasgow O2 Academy (September 18)
Manchester Apollo (19/ 20)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22)
Brighton Centre (23)
London Alexandra Palace (24)
Dublin O2 Arena (27)
To check the availability of Alt-J tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.
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