You’ve all been close friends with one another since secondary school. Do you think this closeness has been key to your successes?
I’m not sure I’d consider us successful just yet, though I guess that depends on how you judge success. In terms of song writing, performing and touring I think it’s a massive success that none of us have killed each other yet. I think that’s down to how close we are with each other. We’ve been pushed hard at times, especially during touring where we’ve done 10 hour drives on literally no sleep, so sometimes tempers can flare. But we have a relationship where that doesn’t matter. None of us take anything personally and whatever has gone on, in 10 minutes’ time we’re all laughing about it. We all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses inside out, so we all help each other and make up for that.
It’s obvious from your music there are a lot of influences at play. Who would you say are your main musical influences and how have they helped shape your sound?
That’s a hard one. Sometimes I think it’s hard to judge who our biggest musical influences are. It can change from song to song. I know Kiran listens to a lot of sad singer songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, which I think influences his lyrical style. We’re all obsessed with The National, which I think runs further than just liking their music. They're just such an underdog and have slogged for years to get to where they are that it makes me like them even more. I mean they're so self-sabotaging. I watched them this year at Glastonbury and the first 3 songs of the set were perfect. Three banging, high energy tracks that everyone was belting the lyrics out too, which they then followed up with four brand new, unreleased tracks that not a soul in the audience knew. On the Pyramid Stage! But in a weird way it makes me love then even more.
Can you give us an insight into your songwriting process? Is it a joint effort or is one of you spearheading the music?
We have a studio on the Somerset Levels, where we spend far too much time. I use the word ‘studio’ very loosely, because it’s pretty rough and ready, but we’ve been writing there for so long that it’s become pretty important to us. Writing up there is a pretty organic process. It’s kind of like building a jigsaw puzzle, where someone comes in with a small piece and from that we then slowly start building something out of it.