Mercury Prize nominee was ‘fitting a toilet seat’ when told about entry

Sweet Billy Pilgrim shocked to get prize nod

Sweet Billy Pilgrim member Tim Elsenburg has revealed that he found out the band had been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 while he was at work yesterday (July 21).

Writing on Sweetbillypilgrim.com, Elsenburg described his shock at realising the band’s album ‘Twice Born Men’ was one of the 12 nominations for the award.

“I was at work, fitting a toilet seat in Farnham, when I heard about the nomination,” he admitted. “The two realities sort of collided and time and space went funny for a bit, and I may have just repeated a certain expletive at regular intervals for the first few minutes.”

The London-based band are up against the likes of Kasabian, La Roux and The Horrors for the prize, with the result due to be announced on September 8.

“We are very proud that our record – grown in my shed – has made such a good impression on the judges, and to be associated with the Mercury is a massive honour,” Elsenburg continued.

Last year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize was won by Elbow.

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