IT’S been three years since Manchester’s I Am Kloot released an album and 13 since the indie threesome was formed, but now they are touring on the back of their latest release, Let It All In.
Bassist Peter Jobson says: “We’ve had a bit of a hiatus. The first LP we did went really well, we recorded it at Studio Studio in Rochdale with Guy Garvey from Elbow.”
That was Natural History and it was released through dance label Wall of Sound.
But as the music industry started to tremor in the 2000s the band started to become more independent.
But it was worth it. Their last album, The Sky at Night, was nominated for a Mercury Prize.
“We always had a really good fan base but being nominated for a Mercury led to a lot more people following us.”
Let It All In is, in many ways, a philosophical album, taking on themes of life, death and love. The video for the single track, Some Better Day, shows a man turning up at his own funeral.
“It’s a melancholy song about the relief of death and the endless sleep and relaxation that comes with it. The man who turns up at his own funeral and looking down realises that it’s not such a bad thing.” But the song’s not particularly sombre, nor is it upbeat. In fact, much like the band itself, it’s hard to categorise it at all.
“That’s why we called ourselves I Am Kloot. We wanted a name that wasn’t a commitment to anything in particular. We wanted to do loads of different things and we’ve always drawn from a big pool of music styles.”
And this week I Am Kloot bring their category-defying repertoire to the Leadmill, a gig the band are very much looking forward to.
“We always have a great time when we play at the Leadmill and it’s Saturday night and people in Sheffield are always up for a good night.”