The band\'s third single, recorded in November 2002 at Jacob\'s studios in Farnham with the lovely Paul Tipler. It was recorded and mixed from start to finish in one day. The b sides were recorded over night at Air studios in London with Adam Noble, who had recorded some of the bands early demos at Surrey University. It was released in January 2003 on Badmusic and received mixed reviews in the press, but was made Radio one single of the week by Colin Murray and shot to the top of the MTV2 chart in record time. Presenter Zane Lowe was kind enough to invite the band onto his brown couch to tell them personally. Unfortunately though, people in some parts of the country had difficulty obtaining the single and it only reached number 90 in the UK chart. Still, cracking for an indie release!
Let\'s Stop Hanging Out A song which the band chose as a single because they deemed it representative of their general sound, more so than the previous two.
Alpha Signal Five An old song from Mark\'s time in the band, an earlier version of this was amongst the original five songs that the band had demoed two years previously with Adam Noble when he was a degree student.
Numb At Four In The Morning The song \'Numb\' had been played regularly at acoustic shows and still is. This version owes its title to the cold sleepy hours of the overnight session at Air Studios
Jacob\'s studios, where the title track was recorded, is just down the road from where the band used to practice in a shed on a farm.
The band had been there a few months previously to take part in the studio\'s promotional video, and to jump about in their pool.
During the recording of the b sides, Jamie covered his entire left arm and face in gaffa tape, which had to be removed before the guitar tracks were laid down.
The video for the song includes appearances from members of local Christian rockers Cephas, and Reuben webmaster/Badmusic boss Ric Melia, who had to wear six layers of t-shirts in order to look big enough to be Jamie\'s double.
Jamie\'s new shoes, seen in the first shot of the video, were ruined when they were put in the same bag as the paint used for the tattoos.
Police were called in on the set of the video after reports of the repeated kidnapping of Guy from the Rockbox in Camberley by three men in balaclavas, who put him down after ten metres and walked back into the shop with him each time.
The live footage in the video was shot at the Astoria in London.
Several nutjobs have actually gone and got the (rather cool) tattoo from the video done on their wrists for real. For ever.