Upon The Music's return earlier this year, the inimitable band posted this positive and confident message on their Official MySpace page
Now is a particularly exciting time for us. Our lives have changed so much since we started this fresh from school and went straight on the road. The two years since our second album, Welcome To The North, have been challenging times. We've been working out who we are, sorting our personal lives and trying to push ourselves to write an album that we and other people can believe in. It's been a difficult process at times, but it's been well worth the struggle. The ideas and inspiration we're finding now are stronger than ever. This feels fresh and exciting and we can't wait to share what we're making with people.
We've always known that we can be a great band. Our ambition for our music spans way beyond where we've taken it so far, and in a way, it feels like we are just ending the first chapter of our story and turning the page to the start of the second. In that spirit we've just signed to a new label (Polydor). Finding a new home has been part of this feeling of renewal. It's invigorating to find people who share our passion and belief.
As a band, we don't feel like the music we are hearing and seeing out there is particularly exciting or inspiring. We want to be a part of changing that and hope with our next album we can bring something to the party that isn't out there at the moment.
Let's make these times special again.
See you out there
Due to the group's very busy schedule, unfortunately, a face-to-face interview wasn't possible at their phenomenal Oxford show (where the live photographs were taken). However, Carl @ Coalition did manage to persuade Stu to fill in a R*E*P*E*A*T e-mail Q&A, once the band had completed their touring and festival commitments in late August.
Offering a spectacular indie / rock / dance hybrid, admirably, with their second coming, The Music have found Strength In Numbers, and once again, they continue to remain in a league of their own
1. I know that some of The Music's aims are to "unify people
and to change their lives." So how are you all feeling after the
release of Strength In Numbers and completing a successful tour / run
of festival dates?
A very special thanks to Stu, to Carl @ Coalition and to Rosey, for all of their time and help.
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