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Your musical heroes are primarily associated with synths, but you play guitar. Why?
Matt: “There is such a wishy-washy idea of what a band is now and I think people do relate to a classic formula, albeit with a more forward-thinking sound. And the guitars in our music need to be emphasised. You can have certain things on computers or samplers, but you can’t have a guitar that’s not live. It makes it a band.”
Did you have any guitar heroes that influenced your approach?
Matt: “We have a very minimalist approach, but there are guitar heroes for us – people like Tom Morello.”
Adam: “Yeah, he was just a bit different. He didn’t play it in the traditional way, he did it using his effects... You’re in danger of making it quite cheesy when you do that kind of thing, but he didn’t. That’s what made it so special.”
Matt: “You love an occasional dive-bomb, don’t you?”
Adam: “[Guiltily] Yeah...”
Who else do we hear in your playing? Where did the funk style of Girls come from, for example?
Adam: “That’s got a sort of INXS vibe.”
Matt: “Yeah – the idea of the duelling left and right [guitar] sounds. I love the way the guitars work in that song and I love single- note, syncopated lines.
"It’s kind of our own style, but it’s so informed by so many classics. That song is kind of our version of I Want You Back, too – it’s the same chords.”