Ben Howard has admitted to XFM that he’s worried about how fans will react to his upcoming new album I Forget Where We Were, describing it as “almost too serious”.
Speaking to XFM’s Maz ahead of his show at Hackney Empire last night Ben joked that he thought that people might walk out when faced with a new material filled set.
"I think we’ve got such an eclectic bunch of people that listen to the shows and we’ve been really fortunate, the tickets sell really quickly, so you never know who those tickets go to," he told Maz.
"I think some people might be quite confused by it, I don’t think anyone realises that we’re not going to play any of the old stuff so that’s maybe why I think people might just go ‘well, this is a bit loud and and a bit grand.’
"It’s definitely a bit grander, it’s quite hard going some of it as well. I laugh because it’s almost too serious, the record."
I Forget Where We Were is released on 20 October 2014 and was produced by Ben and his drummer Chris Bond at Start Point Farm Studios in Devon.
Ben admitted the record’s “grand” sound came from working with what they had.
"There’s a lot of guitars on the record. We’ve tried to make really grand music but with guitars just because we didn’t have an orchestra to hand, we were in the middle of nowhere and it was just us and it was like - how do we make that move over there without an orchestra or anything like that? It’s definitely grand."
You can hear the full interview with Ben Howard on this Sunday’sCommunion Presents from 10pm.