Catatonia's Cerys talks new album, Tom Jones and gardening...

CERYS MATTHEWS has told a Welsh TV programme that she had to be talked into allowing CATATONIA’s latest album to be released.

She told Welsh-language magazine show ‘Heno’ that she was only “87 per cent happy” with the new record, ‘Paper Scissors Stone’.

She said: “The stuff that Mark’s written is amazing and the sound is amazing, but I’d like to have worked more on it.

“There’s a different type of sound to the other albums. It’s more grown up. I didn’t want to release it but people were saying, ‘Let it go, we’ve spent enough money on it!'”

Cerys spoke entirely in Welsh throughout last night’s (May 25) 15-minute interview on S4C, the Welsh-language equivalent of Channel 4.

She told presenter Emyr Penlan that she had become close friends with Tom Jones since her duet with the Welsh singer on ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, and planned to visit him in Los Angeles later this year.

Cerys also revealed that she had agreed to write a regular gardening column for a national magazine.

“I’m going to be writing little tips for amateur gardeners,” she said.

“My grandfather is a professional gardener and he’s won Neath Housing Association’s Kitchen Gardener Of the Year Award.

“I love gardening and when people ask what I’ve been doing since ‘Road Rage’, I always tell them I’ve been investing in a farm business growing artichokes in Pembrokeshire.”

Cerys said her recent duet with Larry Adler on ‘Young At Heart’ and her various one-off contributions to different projects were part of her desire to experiment with different musical forms.

She said: “I wanted a break from the band to work with other people. I think it’s important to experiment with different types of music.”

As well as the lengthy interview with Cerys, conducted around a pool table, ‘Heno’ screened exclusive footage of Catatonia performing ‘I Am The Mob’ live at last month’s low-key Northampton Roadmenders gig.

Cerys was also a guest on TV’s ‘A Question Of Pop’, hosted by Jamie Theakston, over the weekend…. in which she failed to correctly answer a question about fellow South Wales band Stereophonics.