Young Fathers on the Mercury Prize: ‘We believed we were going to win’

Trio picked up 2014 prize with their album 'Dead'

Young Fathers have said they deserved to win the Mercury Prize after picking up the annual award for the first time last night.

The trio beat off competition from favourites FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest, plus Royal Blood and Damon Albarn, to win this year’s prize with their album ‘Dead’. However, in an exclusive interview with NME after the winner’s press conference, Kayus Bankole, of the group said he felt the award was a long time coming.

“In the last two minutes I believed we were going to win. We think we should have won with all of our albums because we believe that we’re special,” Bankole said.

‘Dead’ is technically Young Fathers first album and was released in February of this year. However, they released two EPs prior to that in the shape of ‘Tape One’ in 2011 and 2013’s ‘Tape Two’, the latter of which won the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) in June.

As confirmed in the winners conference, Young Fathers are heading to Berlin today (October 30) to begin work on the follow up to ‘Dead’. “We have a job to do and that job is to keep on creating. Ideas are flowing, we’ve recorded some on our phones and we have ideas flowing in our notebooks,” Bankole said of the album, which does not yet have a title. “The possibilities are endless. We’ll never make the same album twice, that is sinful we’ll burn. We take the moment as it is and no day is the same.”

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