Alt-J Feeling No Pressure for ‘An Awesome Wave’ Follow-Up

But they have done some demos

As recently as this past June, touring America remained a foreign experience for that members of Alt-J. “I feel like we’re a bit more exotic here, inch they said at the time. But after a festival-heavy summer spent slaying audiences in Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza, the British quartet feels right at home on this side of the fish pond.

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“It’s starting to feel very familiar to us which is quite cool, really, ” keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton tells Moving Stone of the band’s recent string of shows, which usually support their Mercury Prize-winning debut album An incredible Wave . “It’s wonderful that we’re establishing ourselves now to the extent that we go to performances and we see the same fans coming from met before. ”

The band did spend time this summer in the studio laying down new demos, sessions Unger-Hamilton says went “really, really good. ” But the musician says Alt-J are in the fortunate placement of being able to take their period before releasing new music. “There’s simply no pressure, ” he explains. Whenever their current tour ends, he says, the band will “take some breathing time” before regrouping in order to record their second album.

Alt-J has attempted writing a bit on the road, but this individual admits but that’s not optimal for that band at this time. “We’d all rather wait ’til we’re back in one particular city and able to do it such as we did it before. We don’t have too much pressure coming from anybody other than the fans who want a new recording. We haven’t felt like ‘Oh, crikey! We have to have a new album written by the end of the tour. ‘”

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It’s only logical how the band wants to continue basking in the success of An incredible Wave , which beat produces from the likes of Jessie Ware, Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka and Lianne La Havas for the Mercury Prize. “It was certainly an enormous, huge boost to our confidence and our happiness as a band, inch Unger-Hamilton recalls. “It meant the planet to us. ”

As for this year’s crop of nominees, the keyboardist has narrowed down his 2 favorites that he hopes will win the coveted prize. “Foals’ [ Holy Fire ] or James Blake’s [ Overgrown ] for me, inch he says without hesitation. “I adore both those albums. ” Unger-Hamilton is also blunt regarding the recent news that My Bloody Valentine’s MBV is ineligible for the Mercury Prize due to it being sold independently on the band’s own website. “It’s a shame, inch he says. “It’s kind of shitty. inch

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