The B side is obviously a cover by Robert Smith, how did you guys go about approaching him for this project? Was he already interested in working with you and how do you feel about the end result?
I still don’t think I’ve come to terms with, or will ever get over, Robert Smith covering our song. There are things that you dream of when you start a band: selling out a gig, playing in a different country, playing a special venue, even one of your favourite bands liking your music but having a person that has influenced the music that you make and so many musicians around the world taking the time to cover your song was something I never even dared to dream about. The Cure are one of the biggest bands in world and their music will always be loved and remembered. Their music is iconic and they have pushed the boundaries of popular music. So for Robert to have covered a small indie band from Kilsyth still feels like a dream to me. I have so much respect for him. Back in 2009 Stuart from Mogwai had emailed Robert suggesting he gave our a band a listen as he thought he’s really like us. Robert replied saying he was already a fan and Stuart forwarded us the email. Needless to say this made us all very happy.
After we recorded “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave” Andy sent it to Robert to have a listen, and he said it was ‘BEAUTIFUL’. We wanted to do something special for the “It Never Was the Same” single, as it was going to be the last release from the album. Andy knew it was a pretty far-fetched idea, but he thought he might as well chance his arm and ask Robert if he’d be up for covering one of our songs to feature as a double A-side. We couldn’t believe it when he replied, saying he’d like to cover “There’s a Girl in the Corner”. For a while we thought it might be Barry from Mogwai playing a prank on us. Robert sent the cover over when we were in San Fransisco just after we’d finished our gig that night. I’ll never forget being in the back of the van and us all sitting in silence after listening to it for the first time and trying to comprehend what we’d just hear; I broke the silence with “PLAY IT AGAIN!”. Andy and Robert still talk to each other via email and we’re hoping to meet up pretty soon. He’s been amazing throughout the whole release. All the proceeds he makes from the single go to one of his favourite charities called AMAZE. So many people have discovered our band through him covering our song and I will be forever grateful to him.