Your main influences centre around 80s pop and 90s R ’n’ B artists. What was it about those styles that made you gravitate towards them?
Matt: “That music was informed by earlier black music, like soul and Motown, and it was all very syncopated. Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins – it was all about the relationship and the space between the drums and the bass, and I think that tapped into me when I was a kid.”
Adam: “They have those massive pop tunes, but they also have that extensive back catalogue of diverse sounds.”
Matt: “But then there’s as much Talking Heads and My Bloody Valentine in our records as there is Boys II Men and Toni Braxton. We’re not a pastiche, though. So many bands will ‘do’ Cocteau Twins or ‘do’ My Bloody Valentine: all very cool, but if you don’t have massive songs, you’re not going to be a massive band.”