Alt-J: ‘We didn’t want to blow loads of cash working with Rick Rubin in LA’

The band's second album 'This Is All Yours' is out in September

Alt-J have explained their reasons for recording their new album ‘This Is All Yours’ in Brixton, in the same studio where they made their debut, ‘An Awesome Wave’.

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, the band’s keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton said that they didn’t want to go and record with a high-end producer in America, though “we probably could have”.

“We didn’t want to change too much. The first album went well. We didn’t want to blow loads of cash going to Los Angeles to work with Rick Rubin, although we probably could have,” he commented. The band instead recorded album number two in Iguana Studio in south London with producer Charlie Andrew, who also worked on their 2012 debut.

Speaking to NME about sampling Miley Cyrus on their comeback single ‘Hunger Of The Pine’, Unger-Hamilton said that the vocal sample “gave the song an extra kick, like putting whisky in coffee.” Scroll down to listen to the track.

The band release ‘This Is All Yours’ on September 22. It is their first release since the departure of band member Gwil Sainsbury, who announced he was leaving the group earlier this year. Speaking to NME about his reasons for quitting the band, frontman Joe Newman commented: “He wasn’t happy that our success meant he had to spend so much time away from home.” He added: “Being in a sucessful band really disagreed with him and he clearly wasn’t happy. He turned up for gigs, but otherwise he withdrew from the band. When he left it was sad but friendly.”

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.