Alt-J: ‘We’re our harshest critics’

The Mercury Prize favourites also say they 'don't even know where the choruses are'

Mercury Prize favourites Alt-J have revealed that they are their own harshest critics.

The four-piece, who released their acclaimed debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ earlier this year, added that they spent lots of time on the record so they didn’t look “like morons”.

Speaking to the Guardian, the band’s frontman Joe Newman said: “We’re our harshest critics. We’re not one of those bands that bash things out really quickly. We didn’t want to look like morons, so we spent ages on the little things.”


Newman also added that the band were not concerned about getting their songs on the radio, saying: “Not at all. We don’t even know where the choruses are. Our producer helps us with that! We’re more like artists, he’s more like a designer. We make the print and then he puts it on a scarf and sells it in the V&A gift shop.”

Alt-J have been named as the odds-on favourite for the 2012 Mercury Prize by bookmakers Paddy Power. ‘An Awesome Wave’ is rated as 6/1 to win £20,000, which is way ahead of any other artists.

The nominations for the 2012 Mercury Prize are announced on September 12, with the ceremony itself taking place on November 1 at London’s Roundhouse. All of this year’s nominees will be invited to perform at the event, while each act will also headline a number of special gigs leading up to the ceremony.

Alt-J play a nine date tour of the UK this autumn. The band will play across the country, kicking off at Manchester RNCM on October 27 and finishing up at London’s Electric Ballroom on November 5, which will mark their biggest headline gig to date.

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