The slightly more polished full-length Stars of CCTV was released last July and went straight into the top 10 of the album charts. It earned the band a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize.
"First, we were playing in New York when we heard about the Mercury. We were just about to play a gig in a venue called The Mercury Lounge, so we thought we were being given some sort of award just for playing the gig. It was weird. Then, on the night of the awards, we lost out by just one vote on winning it to Antony and The Johnsons. I know a lot of bands say that, but we were actually told by two of the judges that it only went to them on the casting vote.
"But, still, it was great to be there with bands such as Coldplay. Our entire recording costs wouldn't have covered Coldplay's macrobiotic yoghurt budget for the day."
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