March 9, 2012 8:13
Metronomy's Joe Mount: ''The English Riviera' was a success because of good weather'
Singer reckons people might not have liked the LP if it had been a 'crap spring'
In an interview with the Independent, the frontman explained his theory that people had taken to the LP, which was released in April last year, because the temperature had been "really beautiful" and the record "worked well in the sunshine".
"It was released in April and we had this unreasonably lovely May," he said. "It was really beautiful, really hot, and the album was quite summery and I guess it kind of caught people at the right time."
There's an element of chaos theory to it. I was trying to express how I used to feel in the summer when I was growing up; that's why it seems to have worked well in the sunshine. If it had been a crap spring then maybe we wouldn't be here.
Mount also claimed that it had been a blessing in disguise for the band to lose out on last year's Mercury Music Prize to PJ Harvey, who picked up the gong for her album 'Let England Shake'. "Really I think it's great that we didn't win because by being nominated you receive the same boost in press or interest or whatever," he said. "But if you win you get £20,000, sell a few more records and then there's just loads of pressure.
"The prize money is almost like the compensation for that pressure. But someone like PJ Harvey wouldn't feel that pressure by now anyway so it's fine," he added. "We used the evening to have a proper good time and take advantage of the free drink and have a little dance afterwards."
'The English Riviera' is Metronomy's third studio album, following their debut LP 'Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)', which was released in 2006, and the follow-up 'Nights Out', which was released two years later in 2008. You can watch a track-by-track guide from the band on 'The English Riviera' by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
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