What made them more appropriate for the band? Brian Molko: Well, we needed the material more than anything laughs. Normally, we take about six months off after a two-year world tour before we reconvene and start writing again. I put five or six songs forward, and the three that ended up on the record were Too Many Friends, Hold On To Me and Scene of the Crime. With the latter two I had done quite a bit of the recording already, so it was bringing in my embryonic, skeletal recordings into the studio with the. I just wanted to see if I could do it without the guys, because if I was to do something and record something then I would have to play all the instruments myself. This time, it was very, very important to me to set the benchmark high in terms of writing. I found the process actually quite difficult. Let me put it this way: Coming up with melodies when the three of us are in the room together, it comes pretty quickly and pretty easily, because we have a chemistry.
That means that were still free, and were still pushing the boundaries of what our songwriting can be. Hopefully we havent started to repeat ourselves just yet. As a songwriter, what brought you to that point that allowed you to be so vulnerable?