Have you got a favourite track from the new album?
Favourite track… hmm I don’t really. I mean, I would hope that most artists that make a record love everything they do. The only one that really stands out for me and kinda sets it apart from the other things we’ve ever done musically would be ‘Mirror Mountain’ and I think it’s because we wrote it collectively and in a room together. It was meant to be a song that you play live and now that we play it live it’s definitely a stand out one. Whenever we play that song and we’re supporting another band you know that’s the one song that grabs everybody and gets everyone’s attention.
Why the five year gap between the albums releases, was it because you were busy with Queens of the Stone Age?
Correct. We recorded like eight songs and we wanted to put it out as an EP a couple of years ago but it just wasn’t the right time and we wanted to wait until I was done with ‘…Like Clockwork’ to really put out something so we could tour on it.
How has the Mini Mansions sound developed between the first album and The Great Pretenders?
It was kind of a blessing that we had that much time. It gave us a couple of years to kind of redefine ourselves and rewrite. We wanted to write songs that would be fun to play live and less melancholy and I think the first record is fun too but darker musically. This record is move lively and it’s better for touring on.
You have two big names appear on this album, how did you find working with Alex Turner and Brian Wilson?
With Alex it was pretty casual, we’re friends. We see each other all the time and hang out all the time and he’ll come and pop his head up at one of our shows and sing his part for ‘Vertigo’ and that’s fun. It can be an ongoing thing where he’s just part of the gang but with Brian that felt like a once in a life time ‘he’s on our record’ kind of thing. That was unbelievable and it will probably never happen again. We’re really fortunate to have him on our record forever and have that piece of music forever and that’s really cool.