With heartfelt songs and down-to-earth lyrics, Wendover’s The Boy Least Likely To are the perfect bubbly indie-pop band. Releasing their latest album The Great Perhaps earlier this year, AMBY caught up with The Boy Least Likely To to talk about PledgeMusic, favourite band moments, and what they’ve been listening to!
AMBY: Hello The Boy Least Likely To, how have you been and what have you been up to lately?
The Boy Least Likely To: Well, we released an album at the end of April so we’ve just been doing stuff to promote that. Making videos, doing interviews, going to the post office, that sort of thing. The album’s called The Great Perhaps, and we’re putting it out on our own label, like we usually do. Which is great, but it does mean that we’ve been really busy setting the record up ever since we finished recording. Sometimes I think it would be nice to relax and take some time off after we’ve finished recording, go to the Seychelles or something for a couple of weeks. But then when it comes to it I’m always so excited to have new music to talk about and play to people that we just throw ourselves into it.
AMBY: What are your favourite tracks on the record?
The Boy Least Likely To: My favourite song is probably It Could’ve Been Me, the duet with Gwenno Saunders, who used to be in The Pipettes. I just think it’s a really sweet pop song and I’ve always loved duets, so it was really nice to finally record one of our own. Gwenno is such an amazing pop star, and it’s been so nice to work with her and get to know her. I always loved The Pipettes, and I always felt like we were coming from the same place in terms of the way we saw pop music, and it feels like they went through a lot of the same things at the same time as we went through them in The Boy Least Likely To. We ended up making a video for it too. We filmed it in Cardiff with Ryan Owen Eddleston, and I think out of all of our videos, it’s the one I’m happiest with. I really like the song Michael Collins too. The one about the “forgotten” astronaut of the Apollo 11 moon landings. I think that’s one of our finest moments.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your sweet song I Keep Falling In Love With You Again?
The Boy Least Likely To: That was the first song that we took off the album. We gave it away on Valentine’s Day, and it came with a downloadable Valentine’s card. It was the first song we finished for the album, and we’d always had in our minds that it would be the first single. We’d been struggling with it for a few months and I remember it was a real breakthrough when it was finished because it gave us a direction for the rest of the album. Pete had been trying a Korg Monotribe on the song and then he layered up loads of Casiotone and Casio CZ101 keyboards and added an Omnichord arpeggiator bubbling underneath it. Once we’d finished recording it, it became the basis for the way we would approach the recording for the whole album. It’s a song about being so in love with someone that it feels like you’re falling in love with them for the first time all over again every time you’re with them.
AMBY: You made the new album via PledgeMusic. How did find the whole experience to be?
The Boy Least Likely To: The reason we wanted to do something was Pledge was because we were aware that we’d been away for a few years and we’d need a few more months to remind people who we were before we just released a new album. It seemed like a nice way to ease people in to the new album. It was a lot of fun working with them and I got to talk to some lovely people who like our music and hear all their stories about how they’d come across us and the small part we’d played in their lives. It definitely helped to have a way of hearing people saying nice things about us for five months while we finished off the album. In the end we recorded almost another album’s worth of songs for people who pledged to have a song written about them, which was an amazing thing to be able to do, and I think some really great songs came out of that. I guess they might escape into the larger world someday, but that’s only if the people who we wrote them for want to share them.
AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?
The Boy Least Likely To: I loved the excitement of the first album coming out and just not expecting any of the things to happen that happened after that. I love being on tour in America and getting to go to all these amazing places. We’ve done so many unbelievable things with this band that it’s difficult to pick one. Maybe our show in New York in 2006, when we played at the Knitting Factory. Just because it was one of those shows where it all came together and I actually felt like we were as great as we could be. When it comes to the live shows I always remember the little things that go wrong, things that no one else would notice, but that I can’t forget about. I can’t think of anything that went wrong at that show in New York though. It was as perfect as we’re ever going to be. And it was in New York. We’ve done a lot of shows since then and I’ve loved almost all of them, but somehow none of them have felt quite like that one.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
The Boy Least Likely To: I don’t know if it’s that funny, but I always enjoyed it when we used to give out awards at our shows. It was just nice to present someone in the audience with an award and I always liked the acceptance speeches that they used to give.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
The Boy Least Likely To: I love the new album by The Pastels, and It’s Up To Emma by Scout Niblett. I’ve been listening to a lot of Bananarama too, after I went to see them a few weeks ago. They were amazing! Apart from that I’ve been listening to a lot of country records. A lot of Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and a lot of Bobbie Gentry. And I’ve been playing Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker over and over and over these last few weeks. Her voice is amazing. I’m afraid I’ve been stuck in a country and western hole for the last couple of years. I need to get out of it soon or I’m not going to have any friends left.
AMBY: Which three of your songs are the quintessential The Boy Least Likely To?
The Boy Least Likely To: Be Gentle With Me, Rock Upon A Porch With You and It Could’ve Been Me.
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
The Boy Least Likely To: I’d most like to be stuck in an elevator with Dolly Parton, just because she’s the greatest, and she’s so lovely I’m sure she’d look after me. I’m not sure who the person I’d least like to be stuck with would be. Probably someone who was going to try and kill me.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
The Boy Least Likely To: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the second series of Nashville. All the albums I was excited about coming out have already been released. I guess I’m excited about whatever we do next too.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about The Boy Least Likely To that nobody knows?
The Boy Least Likely To: Be Gentle With Me was originally called Everything I Do Do. All the words were the same except in the chorus the words were “everything I do do I do do I do do I do do for you”. It was really terrible, so we changed the chorus. There’s probably a recorded version of it somewhere. I need to find it and destroy it.
Thanks The Boy Least Likely To, for giving us your answers!