The last 1975 album did 38 countries, debuting at No. 1,” says Jason Moules, frontman of confusingly-named rock & roll band allusinlove.

“We want to do 50 with our second album!”

He is nothing if not ambitious. And modest. But then he can be excused a bit of ambition. The four-headed, high-velocity pop monster – who previously traded under the name allusondrugs – have come from obscurity to one of the hottest mainstream rock acts out there, dispensing fuzzed-up stoner rock and psychedelic pop with an eye on the mainstream.

Guitarist-singer Jason and bandmates Andrej Pavlovic (guitar), Jemal Beau Malki (bass) and Connor Fisher-Atack (drums) – have been around for around six years.

Originally from Castleford, West Yorkshire – a post-industrial town formerly home to coalmines and a Burberry factory, but now best known for its indoor ski centre – the lads were brought together by a mutual love of smoking exotic herbs (perhaps hence their previous moniker) and the hazy idea of forming a cross-dressing band, purely to shock people.

When their first gig, on Halloween night 2012, resulted in eight bookings in as many weeks, they knew they were onto something altogether more special.

“So many people are just try-hards and wannabes,” Jason says. “I don’t mean it in a harsh way, but how many people do you know who say they’re in a band and practice once a week?

“We got together five times a week because we wanted to play music. So when we were ready to gig, people wanted to book us.”

The group quickly engineered a loyal following with their often shambolic, never boring live shows. As Connor puts it, “There was no trickery going on. It was just a raw performance”.

It connected, too – the band selling out shows up and down the country, with 300 people crammed into 100 capacity venues and a following that transcended the usual musical tribalism and cliques.

“After that there was never a point where it slowed down” says Jemal. “It was just tour after tour after tour.”

Jason adds: “We don’t come from a scene. We’re from a town in the middle of nowhere, next to Leeds.”

And they continue to appeal to many tastes with their multi-faceted rock-pop.

Take sonically layered, psychedelic live favourite Sunset Yellow. It’s a kind of stoned take on whatever you imagine the Stone Roses might have sounded like had they grown out of the same LA club scene as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It was the first song the band ever wrote together, with most of the lyrics taken off the back of an Irn Bru can.

“Everything we’re doing now, even if it’s a bit heavier or a bit lighter, feeds back to that one song,” says Andrej.

The band’s management have been careful to place them with people who can serve as conduits for the band’s sound, packing them off to London’s Assault & Battery studios, with legendary producers Alan Moulder (The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, U2) and Catherine Marks (The Killers, Foals, Wolf Alice).

“We got discovered by an A&R who literally listened to us and paired us up with people who we’d previously researched ourselves,” Jason recalls.

“You hear so many bad stories about signing. For us, it was like, ‘have a five-album deal and work with your idols’. Alright.”

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They recorded the album in July, across a 30-day period that coincided with that heat wave, and the English national team’s improbable ascent to the last four of the World Cup Finals.

“First album we’ve ever done, with some of the most critically acclaimed producers in the world, and we had a barbeque on our second day there for the football,” Jason says.

“Got all the sofas out on the car park. Had all us mates down. Just had a party, man.”

Key was the fact that they played everything live; retaining the wilder elements of a sound earned by slogging it out on the so-called ‘toilet’ circuit of small venues in the back of a transit van.

“Everything started with us four, all in a room, no drop-ins,” Jason says.

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And it paid dividends.“You’d have Alan Moulder coming in after you’d done a take saying, ‘this is unique, man’. But it’s not! It’s verse, chorus stuff. We just do it our way.”

Following a self-imposed hiatus, they returned with the irresistible call to arms that is All Good People.

The barnstorming single is a bluesy rock stomper that combines all the swagger of Oasis with the lyrical honestly of Perfume Genius.

Jason says: “All Good People’ is all about positivity, embracing the body of your lover and being open about it.

“The main message is one of unity and it’s all set over a soaring psychedelic 12 bar blues melody. Dig in!”

If nothing else, it shows guitars are in good health in 2019.

“It’s a song about mutual respect,” Jason says. “It’s good, man. It’s sick!”

Andrej agrees. “Put it this way,” he says. “We’re booked in to do the second album, and we’ve not even finished our first. So we’ve definitely got a guaranteed job for at least a year and a half!”

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