“Even releasing ‘Cherub’, mainly due to its length, we deliberated massively, thinking about [how] songs of that length fare on radio and what not,” Cromack said.
“All boring things to consider, but it’s just how it is. There was a strong possibility of us never releasing this song, even though we loved it. I guess that’s what got it across the line – the feeling and that response we got from loved ones just saying, ‘that song’s special!'”
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“So, we thought ‘bugger it’ and just put it out,” he continued.
“Even though we loved the song, I don’t think we had high aspirations for it…If anything, it’s really an amazing reminder of what music making really is, and you should absolutely do what’s right for you.”
The ballad was first released in late August of last year, ahead of the release of the band’s self-titled sixth album in October.