NME name 'Silent Alarm' as their album of the year! It's come around to that time of the year again...chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the copious consumption of mince pies...and numerous end of year best-of lists.
NME have named 'Silent Alarm' as their album of the year, ahead of albums by bands such as Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and The White Stripes! That's a pretty cool achievement!
Kele had this to say about scooping the NME Album Of The Year award:
"It was a shock. It was the last thing we thought was going to happen. But it's a completely pleasant surprise. "Obviously I'm proud of'SilentAlarm' as a record and think it must have touched people. I always had the idea in my head that I wanted the songs to sound a lot bigger on record. I wasn't happy with the idea of us just going in and recording a live album. It had to be a different sort of sound. "I remember at the beginning not being sure how it was going to sound, but by the end of the month realising we'd done ourselves proud. We said, 'If it doesn't get at least eight in NME, we're going to be very upset.' "I still listen to it now and again to see what sort of effect it has on me a year down the line. There are some songs on there that I'm really proud of, and with the next record we're looking to explore those ideas more fully. It was meant to be just the beginning. There was no real overview, it was a snapshot of the way we were thinking. We know that we have better albums in us."
'Banquet' is at number 13 in NME's tracks of the year.