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Answering Machine explain new member and debut delay

Band blame 'negative' major label

The Answering Machine have spoken about why they have added a new member to their line-up – plus why their debut album has been delayed.

The group – which now includes new drummer Ben Perry – will release ‘Another City, Another Sorry’ on May 25, nearly three years after their first single ‘Oklahoma in 2006.

“We just rebuilt it from the foundations again,” frontman Martin Colclough told NME.COM, blaming record company issues for the hold up. “I don’t think we were happy with what we had to begin with. It was going down the wrong route in a way. It was all quite negative on the major label side of things because we came in at a time when EMI had all their troubles.

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He added: “We were naive and went along with it for a time, but because of all of those troubles no labels were taking chances on bands. It gave us a chance to go away, regroup and decide what we’re all about. We realised we can do what we want to do if we find the right people around us.

“There was so much pressure on us early on. I think people know that bands need development time and to work themselves out. We’re taking it back to the core of indie and re-establishing what it’s like to be in an indie band. We have a say in every single aspect of the band.”

The band have just completed their biggest tour yet, supporting Ra Ra Riot, their first with drummer Perry.

“It’s a lot easier and it’s more fun as well,” Colclough said of playing with the new line-up. “There’s more of a band mentality than there used to be. It doesn’t feel forced anymore. It’s like a jigsaw and we piece it together, it feels natural that way.”

The band will release new single ‘Cliffer’ on March 9 before playing a rotating headlining tour Flashguns and Casiokids.

The dates are as follows:

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Cardiff Ifor Bach (March 9)

Manchester Ruby Lounge (10)

London Hoxton Bar And Kitchen (11)

Newcastle The End (12)

Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s (13)

Liverpool Evol (14)

To check the availability of Answering Machine tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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