Little Man Tate
By Gemma Peplow
Somehow, in the middle of a conversation in which Little Man Tate frontman Jon Windle is discussing the band's second album, up-coming tour and the rather serious matter of being dropped by their record label, we've managed to get a little sidetracked.
Little Man Tate
A joke about pushing for Christmas number one has brought us to the subject of reality TV – usually a no-go area for serious musos, but down-to-earth Sheffield lad Jon is a fan of X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
"The auditions are brilliant," he says. "It's the ones that get really upset about it and start shouting and swearing, they're the best.
"There are some really good ones, though… I'm probably not helping out the struggling musicians here, am I?"
The chat is swiftly steered back to all things Little Man Tate, who have just released their second album, Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy.
It's an apt title, considering the testing year in which it was made. Despite enjoying moderate chart success with debut About What You Know, the band was dropped by record label V2 at the end of last year.
You'll probably have heard this one before, but Jon insists it's the best thing that could have happened.
He says: "I used to be like, 'look at all those idiots who say they don't want to be with a massive label'. Now I'm happy as Larry. Big labels take control. Now, we make the decisions – if anything goes wrong, it's our fault. But I've got a lot more faith in it going right this time."
Faith, it seems, is what's kept the boys in the business. They put the album together without the backing of a label, confident they were good enough to get noticed again. Which is exactly what happened – the boys signed to Skint and here they are now.
"This album's been a lot more enjoyable than the first," says Jon. "We're happy with the finished product and we're excited about seeing how the songs go down live.
"We're in a privileged position because there isn't any pressure on us at all because people didn't even expect us to make a second album."
Little Man Tate play The Charlotte on Thursday, October 9. Tickets £10.