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What’s you oddest moment on stage?

In Ibiza two years ago, they were filming a reality show for Playboy. All these playboy bunnies came onstage and danced with us which was pretty cool, and pretty intimidating!

Who’s your favourite band you’ve played with?

We toured Australia with Elbow about three or four months ago and they are among the loveliest bunch of people you could even meet. It is like watching a masterclass on how to work up an audience and hold them there.

Did you pick up any tips?

So much of what [Elbow frontman] Guy Garvey does on stage comes naturally to him, the way he talks to the crowd, all the banter, I don’t think I could ever do that.

Frontman for your fantasy supergroup ...?

Yeah, Guy Garvey would be the front man, purely for his stage banter and his general loveliness as a person. And then Dave Grohl on guitar because he seems like the friendliest person, or should you have him on drums? And the Macabees, too. That would be my supergroup for friendliness.

Reading Festival boss Melvin Benn said you’re a ‘future headliner’. Does this put pressure on you?

That was a nice thing for him to say. With regard our albums, we don’t feel much pressure; we have just always made the music we wanted to, the way we wanted, and it has worked out incredibly well.

Our second record was an acoustic curveball, as far away from our first as you could get. No one knew what we were doing, but that’s given us freedom.

How’s the new album coming along?

We don’t really set out to do something in particular, we just allow the songs to come, but so far it feels like a progression. There’s a lot of electronic samples and loop-based stuff, which, again, is kind of different to what we have done before as well.

Bombay Bicycle Club play Reading and Leeds, Aug 24 & 25. £85+ 
Richfield Avenue, RG1 8BD

Station | Reading
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