Band talk NME through their debut album 'Man Alive'
Speaking to NME in a track-by-track video guide to ‘Man Alive’, which you can watch now, the Manchester group spoke about the strange genesis of their song ‘Photoshop Handsome’.
“It started off really slow, like a New Jack swing thing,” explained frontman Jonathan Higgs. “That was sped up by the [rest of the] band.”
Bassist Jeremy Pritchard added that the song then took several twists: “It was a bit like Ant & Dec and then it was The Smiths and then it became what it is now. It’s been through a lot of different guises.”
The band also joked that, with the song boasting a simple four to the floor drum beat, they weren’t making the most of drummer Michael Spearman‘s talents.
“When we’re playing it live I sometimes turn around and look at Mikey,” explained Higgs. “He’s an amazing jazz drummer and he’s reduced to this!”
Watch part one of the track-by-track on the right and part two below now.