But you'll spot many familiar St Etienne traits in Good Humor - Bob Stanley has a pop archive for a brain and employs it with devious sophistication, while Sarah Cracknell sounds as airy and sweetly poised as ever. But the creation of perfect synth-pop confection is less to the forefront, giving the songs a straightforward storytelling panache less reliant on big production.
But live is a different matter again, with nine musicians alongside Bob, Pete Wiggs and Sarah. "We have always seen the live thing as separate from the studio, and we try to do things in a different way," says Stanley.
While the band are already piecing together their next album, they are keeping their fingers crossed about fufilling their ambitions in the here and now. A summer megabash with Pulp is on the way and since they helped out the Sheffield troupe (along with Oasis) before they joined the superleague, they wouldn't mind a bite of the really big time as well. "We want a million seller in Japan, and a top-five record in England," declares Stanley. "Our albums usually hover around the top ten, so we want a top five. I hope we get it."
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