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Shaun Keaveny: 6 Music's Sinead Garvan had a chat with Ed and he started off by talking about the two new tracks they're releasing, Staircase and the one called The Daily Mail.

Ed: Staircase is a track that we sort of jammed and worked up for the recording of The King of Limbs, but never got beyond sort of a rough demo, sort of a jam. The Daily Mail is a track we've had kicking around for a while, we did it live. There's something about the lyrics that's actually incredibly poignant although Thom wrote these lyrics abotu 6 years ago.

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Ed: So it's got quite a bit of what's going on in the world at the moment, all the small things. I think it's one of those things when you propriate a title from something that's well-known and you have a certain association with that word, it draws you into the song and takes you off somewhere else.

Sinead: Were you guys keen to sort of release something not so long after The King of Limbs?

Ed: Absolutely. I mean, one thing that always frustrated us in the early days was that you would put an album out and then it'd be a year, year-and-a-half until anyone would hear new material. And I think that's always, always, you know, huge frustration. So to be able to have an album out at the beginning of the year and to have new tracks out by the end of the year that people can hear and particularly as we are going out on tour next year is always a good thing for us.

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Sinead: So you mentioned touring next year. Obviously, you've announced US dates, European dates. When are we gonna hear about UK dates?

Ed: Uhh, I have no idea. I know there are some UK dates but I don't know when you're gonna hear about them and I've got into trouble before...

Sinea: Will they include any festival dates?

Ed: No, I don't think there are...I'm trying to think...No. I think the thing is what we wanted to do on this tour was, we haven't played indoors for a while and I think the King of Limbs lends itself to a really good sound because it's quite precise and quite detailed. So outdoor festivals probably aren't the ideal venue for that.

Sinead: So, are you planning on releasing any more music, then, sort of next year or so? Or are you sort of concentrating on the touring?

Ed: You know, I don't know. We haven't got anymore stuff left over but we are rehearsing at the moment and we are rehearsing new songs because we want the tour to be creative. So if that means at the end of the year we might have nipped into the studio for a couple of weeks and done an EP or something else then it could be, but the thing is to keep it as fluid and flexible as possible. We are excited about being indoors not being at the mercy of the weather, British Summer time and stuff like that.

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Ed: It is that classic thing that a band in our situation we never know how many people want to come and see us. You have to do what feels right instinctively and arenas feel appropriate this time for some bizarre reason, I don't know why.

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