Clean Cut Kid are back with a bite after claiming Annie Mac's 'Hottest Record In The World' title last week with new single 'Make Believe'.

Describing the song, frontman Mike Halls said: "You're lying in bed looking into the eyes of the love of your life and she's about to leave you and never come back. You ask her if, for the last five minutes you'll ever spend together, she'll look at you and hold you like she did on the first day you fell in love."

After a summer spent clocking up a stonking 32 festival appearances, the Liverpool four-piece (Mike, Saul Godman, Evelyn Halls and Ross Higginson) are taking to the road once again on a 10-date nationwide headline tour, before joining The Courteeners as special guests on their November UK arena tour.

Speaking to the Alloa Advertiser ahead of the band's Glasgow gig, Mike said: "I've been in a lot of bands and played in Glasgow a lot. It's a really similar crowd to Liverpool.

"When you talk to the crowd, they warm up instantly."

Clean Cut Kid’s first four singles ‘Vitamin C’, ‘Runaway’, ‘Pick Me Up’ and ‘We Used To Be In Love’ introduced a band brimming with unshakeable hooks and full of imagination.

Although they were signed by Polydor after just two gigs - which may seem like an overnight success to many - a lot of hard work went on behind the scenes ahead of the label's interest.

Mike said: "It's been an absolute dream - the label support has been great.

"I spent 10 years as a session player, paid to play for other artists, and I've brought that experience.

"We've been very lucky, but we spent 18 months practicing and planning.

"The A&R process has been difficult though.

"We recorded a song numerous times to get it right to sell to an audience. Although we finished it a year ago, we were in the studio for the fourth time a week before it came out."

Having spent much of 2016 blowing audiences away with their raw live shows, including performances at Glastonbury and on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Clean Cut Kid will be heading into the studio to finish work on their debut album which is slated for release early next year.

Mike said: "I'm the producer, so the studio is the place where I exist.

"It can be an emotional rollercoaster. You can go from feeling ecstatic to through the floor, thinking 'this is a pile of sh*t'.

"I write the songs and arrange them in my head - they just come from inside of me. Then the band - who are all incredible musicians - add their own element. They're amazing."

The band has big plans for the next 12 months.

Mike added: "We've got a huge single lined up for next year and we'll be back rinsing the hell out of the album."

Before they disappear into the studio, catch Clean Cut Kid at Sleazy's in Glasgow on Thursday, October 20.

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Quickfire questions with Mike Halls:

Favourite colour - blue

Favourite TV show of the moment - Bloodline

Day or night - night

Favourite season - winter

Adventure or relaxing holiday - adventure

Favourite drink - Pepsi (non-alcoholic) and Jack Daniels with ice (alcoholic)

Coffee or tea - coffee

Favourite movie - Almost Famous

Favourite superhero - Batman