Getintothis’ Liza Williams talks to The Long Blondes guitarist Dorian Cox about the bandÃ¢ÂÂs new album, his Jamie Theakston inferiority complex and getting Clockwork Orange references mixed up.
Dorian Cox has a few things to think about at the moment.
He and his four fellow Sheffield fashionistas are starting a UK tour, have a new album out next week and soon jet off to the USA to mingle with their very Ã¢ÂÂkeenÃ¢Â? American fans.
Produced by Erol Alkan, famed for remixing tracks by Klaxons, Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand, new album Couples takes a different direction than the bands debut Someone to Drive You Home and Cox says the process of recording was an exciting one: Ã¢ÂÂWe wanted to make something that reflected us as a band and working with Erol was great, we have known him for a long time and we worked in a different way than on the first album- it was a learning curve but very exciting.
“Recording can some times be a bit boring but with this album we tried new things as we went along and are really pleased with the results. Some things didnÃ¢ÂÂt work but you just have to scrub those out and start again.
“Erol hadnÃ¢ÂÂt produced an album before either so we didnÃ¢ÂÂt feel like we had to stick to a formula.”
But it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt just the recording of the material that took the band in a different direction. Cox said: Ã¢ÂÂYou have your whole life to write your first album, but we couldnÃ¢ÂÂt hang around with this one. We almost got it done within a few months and had to put everything together as soon as possible.
Ã¢ÂÂIt was definitely more of a collaborative effort- everyone chipped in and I think this shows how we have moved on and developed as band. It felt really good to do it this way.
Ã¢ÂÂWhen we started none of us had been in bands before, it was a learning curve but it feels like it is all coming more naturally now.Ã¢Â?
The band have started their current UK tour with a series of smaller warm up gigs and Cox says the new material has gone down well with the crowds: Ã¢ÂÂWe have tried to resist the temptation of playing old stuff and we have a good reception to the new songs.
Ã¢ÂÂYou do get some people who want the old hits but we have confidence in our new songs and have really enjoyed playing them so far. I love playing Century, the opening track.Ã¢Â?
And Cox reveals the inspiration behind album track Erin OÃ¢ÂÂConnor: Ã¢ÂÂThe song does pay homage to her.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm not stalking her or anything but if she wants to go on a date sometime that would be great- although I am no Jamie Theakston.Ã¢Â?
The band is now looking forward to visiting Liverpool again next Monday, having played twice before in the city: Ã¢ÂÂWe played in- what was it called? Korova.Ã¢Â? ‘Moloko’, someone shouts in the background.
Ã¢ÂÂNo it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt Moloko it was Korova,Ã¢Â? he snorts back. Ã¢ÂÂI liked the balcony bit, it was a good venue. We are playing at the Academy this time.Ã¢Â?
Once the band have finished their UK tour, they jet off to Europe and then embark on America, a prospect Cox is relishing: Ã¢ÂÂWe went to America last year and it is an amazing place, we get a great reception, the fans really like the whole anglophile thing and seem to know everything about us, they are very keen and really do their research.
Ã¢ÂÂIt is quite nerve racking but we canÃ¢ÂÂt wait.Ã¢Â?
The Long Blondes play The Carling Academy, Liverpool on April 7. Their New album Couples is released on the same day.