Will Farguarson tells us all about the new album and the upcoming tour..
W&W: Hi Will, is this your first time in Cardiff?
Will: No we have been before but I think maybe this is the first time we are headlining. My family are Welsh, my mum is Welsh. I once got stopped in a street in London and a complete stranger told me I had a welsh looking face! Haha such a strange thing.
W&W: And... big show at The Motorpoint Arena this October, what can we expect?
Will: Its gonna be a whole new production, lots of songs off the new album plus all the songs you'd expect from the previous album. People expect the songs they are familiar with but I'm really looking forward to playing the new material live.
W&W: And the new album, can we expect big anthems like Pompeii?
Will: We never set out to make a big anthem with Pompeii, we just went into the studio and wrote a bunch of songs we really liked and if they become the type of song like Pompeii then great but it's not something we intentionally try to do. We just wanted to make an album we really liked and hopefully people will like it too and connect with it.
W&W: I'm pretty sure if you got paid royalties every time someone sang Pompeii at an open mic you'd be rolling in the cash!
Will: Haha... I'm sure. I remember watching X Factor with my girlfriend and someone sang it at the auditions and it was so strange hearing it on the show.
W&W: When writing the album do you ever think, this is gonna be big, we got a hit?
Will: We tend to love the song we are currently working on, the most recent one. When the album is complete we can listen to it in its entirety and then there are songs which stand out more than others and we think.. yeah that's a single.
W&W: So where are you heading on this tour?
Will: We got the UK dates first, really looking forward to them. Then we got some smaller shows in The States and Asia. Wherever there is an appetite for our music we will try to go. The great thing about being in the band is we get to travel to some amazing places doing the thing we love the most, playing music.
W&W: It's really hard for UK bands to find success outside the U.K. But you've managed to find success across the globe including the difficult American market, why do you think you've succeeded where others fail?
Will: I really don't know, our initial ambition was to release a record in the U.K. Then we was hearing that the record was doing well in Ireland, then we was told it's s hit in Germany and it just grew like that. Then it was doing well in South Africa so we went there to promote it and that was amazing, I remember going to Japan and being recognised and just thinking ok this is incredible. When things started kicking off in America we went to New York and we was getting stopped in the street, it was mad. It was then I realised it was a global thing and no longer a little bedroom project. It was amazing. So when we first started getting success in America we felt honoured to be part of that British success there and proud to be flying the flag for the UK.
W&W: So the schedule for the rest of the year is tour, tour, tour?
Will: Pretty much yeah, we got two days off before Christmas then off to the states for more shows but it's all great, looking forward to playing to a Welsh audience in October.