What I was kind of saying though is that most of those big remixes have slowed you down or taken you down a slightly Balearic road if you will.
Edd: Yeah, I think my favourite remix of us is the Wild Geese remix of “Jump in the Pool”, just because it’s got lush pianos, and it’s got that housey vibe that I really like.
You’ve also continued on a life-affirmative and upbeat fashion with the new single: “Kiss of Life”, which has got even more steel drums ahoy than “Jump in the Pool” and it probably out-Basement Jaxxes Basement Jaxx in a lot of ways. Did that come about on tour or is it a song you’ve been sitting on for a while? Because this is the first taste — post the first album — of what you guys are up to.
Edd: We started recording it in January and we finished it about a month and a bit ago, and it took us ages to finish it because I spose we were on the road so much that trying to find any time to write and record music was a bit of a task.
Ed: Shall we have lunch? Shall we use these ten minutes to try and get another bit of recording? (laughter)
Or should I have a nap?
Ed: Yeah it’s difficult when you have to weigh up your priorities.
And so how come you did that song on the road then, did you want to have something new to play?
Ed: Yeah, at least it gives us something new to play in all the two years we’ve been touring these songs, and something new for other people to listen to as well. It’s just good to prevent the cabin fever.
Yeah okay, and it will probably be played come Mardi Gras time in South America I guess in one of the street parades.
Ed: That would be good, yeah.
Edd: We’re actually going to Brazil after America so we’re all looking forward to playing it out there and seeing what the reaction’s going to be like.
And something else that’s happening in a couple of months [and it] is going to be interesting to see the way it falls is the Mercury Music Prize, because you guys are nominated.
Both Eds: Yeah.
Were your mums proud? It’s a big deal.
Edd: My parents — or my dad — doesn’t know what the Mercury Music Prize is and my mum doesn’t really either. So they don’t really care (laughs).
Ed: Yeah I dunno, they’re proud, but I don’t think they find it as important as perhaps we do.
Was it a big deal to find out you’re in the running? Does it still mean something in England?
Edd: Yeah definitely, I mean we kind of thought that it wasn’t going to be on the cards because the album came out last year in September and it’s been quite a while since it was released, but we’re really glad that it’s still on peoples minds and it’s made it on the list.
And do you have any idea of how the betting’s going so far? What are your odds?
Ed: We stand at 8:1 at the moment, which is, I think we’re in the kind of Division B. 5:1 is up there like Florence [& the Machine]…
Edd: …and La Roux, I think she’s up there.
Ed: Yeah it’s quite a lady fest, this year. There’s plenty of female artists getting recognized.
It’s been a long time since a female has won it though, I was looking at the winners and nominees in the years before.
Edd: PJ Harvey was it? The last?
It was Miss Dynamite
Ed: Oh yeah!
Ed: And where is she now? (laughter)
I was wondering, you know it might be a double-edged sword to win this thing.
Edd: Yeah, I think it probably is, loads of bands have been cursed by it, or artists like whatsisname: Talvin Singh — what happened to him? Roni Size didn’t do another album, or did a sequel album that no one bought.
Arctic Monkeys: it’s all over for them… (laughter)
Ed: Yeah, Elbow, no one’s heard of them!
Yeah, so if it’s going to be a lady fest, maybe you need to wear dresses or something on the day, you’ll have to work out your strategies.
Ed: Yeah I think we’re trying to push Jack [Savidge – drums] in to the surgeons. (laughter)
Well look, it’s great to finally have Friendly Fires down here, so how far along are you on album number two?
Ed: Not even begun.
Edd: We’ve got a few sketches on the computer, but they’ll probably be turned into something completely different by the time we actually start jamming things out in the studio.
Maybe by the time you go to Brazil there’ll be one hundred steel drums in a song?
Ed: Ha! Jesus! (laughter) Maybe there will…
We might have a listen to “Kiss of Life” right now. Ed and Edd — you guys look after yourselves, get a nap in between now and next time you’re here!
First broadcast on Static on 30/07/09. Static can be heard on Sydney’s 2SER (107.3 FM) and via the Internet (www.2ser.com) every Thursday evening (AEST).
Transcription: Chris Butler