ArtRocker interviews Alex & Matt (dated September 2012 - Austin, TX, during their tour with The Black Keys)
Where will the next album be recorded?
Alex: I really don’t know. I mean, there’s sort of great studios out there in Los Angeles. But I suppose if that’s what you’re after, there are other towns to explore, I’m not too sure. It would kind of be nice to record in Sheffield which we haven’t for a while, but…
Alex and Matt Helders were in the same class. They were good mates. They were very popular. They were both bright, especially Alex. He was very good at English. Mr Baker, his English teacher, was very keen on words, on poetry, and I’m sure Alex must have got some inspiration from him. His lyrics are incredibly insightful. I didn’t notice any strong interest in music, though. Sports were his thing. Alex was possibly the best in the school at basketball. When he was 14 he broke his arm in my PE lesson. He was in hospital for a week or so, and we had a whip-round and bought him a voucher for a CD, so there must have been some interest in music developing. They were ordinary, lovely lads who were a joy to teach. Everyone is very proud, and I get put on the guest list for gigs. Their fame was unexpected. They were never show-offs - when we had school talent contests, they didn’t get involved.
Mark Coleman, form teacher (Stocksbridge high school, Sheffield, 1997-2002.)
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