Probably because they are.
Vocalist Scott McCloud, it turns out, is an arch eavesdropper. Utterings that drop untutored from people's mouths are legitimate - not to mention priceless - source material, he reckons. 'I'm interested in people; in the way they talk,' he says. 'One person I met recently was showing off his shoes. He was from Hawaii, he had been a club owner there . . . he was going on and on. He was a nutcase. But his way of speaking was great - a gold-mine of saved-up lines.'
An awesome show at the Phoenix Festival has meant a rising profile - all this week Radio 1 has played specially recorded tracks for the Evening Session, and the London Astoria 2 show is their biggest headline date yet.
But when they all head back home, Scott will face the no-apartment situation that's lasted 18 months, immortalised on the single '(I) Don't Got A Place'.
When he finds a home again, what'll be the three most important things in it? 'I wanna window that doesn't look onto a brick wall. I would like a really nice sofa, and a set of glassware.' Like I said, charming.
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