It's been three years since we last we heard from Dublin-based folk quintet Tandem Felix. With Comma, the band toured across Europe and beyond, and was able to achieve praise among their local and the international folk-scene. Two years in complete silence followed and it allowed them to readjust and grow as musicians in order to start gearing up towards their upcoming 2018 debut album.

As a first peek at what's coming, Tandem Felix's 'Were You There (When They Crucified The Birthday Boy)' is a tender folk tale, where heartwarming melodies and careful wordplay come to be as an excellent comeback single.

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Two years is a long time of absence. What were you up to in the meantime? Did you work on other projects or just channelled all the focus into developing the next step and maturing as musicians?

Yes, apologies to all who missed us – two years is a long time, indeed. We spent the time working on what will be our first album. I heard somewhere that David Bowie said one needs to complete 50 songs before an album is done, so I was trying to do something like that, I guess. We have a pretty big reserve of songs at the moment and this is the first pick of the pile. There were a couple of other side projects – Éna started a musical project called Dowry, I started playing with Paddy Hanna and a new group called Postcard Versions and Conor was busy embarking on the musical project of getting married to his fiancée.

Your new direction and sound feels much more detailed, yet still genuine. That shows in the way the lyrics for your new single are laid out. Did the creative and production process change at all?

With the last record, Comma, I had a very specific idea of how I wanted the record to sound. Spatially, I wanted it to sound really dense – close and compact. Very few electric/electronic instrument were used on the record. But with these new songs, I wanted to throw that rule out the window. I have begun to enjoy the storytelling and the humorous side of the words in our songs – even the humour in song titles. We've got a good one called 'Mother Teresa, The Butcher Of Albania Part I', which came from a desperate guess to pub-quiz question. That always gets an interesting reaction whenever I introduce that one at a show – and then 'Mother Teresa, The Butcher Of Albania Part II'.

Do you feel the weight of the comeback?

It is pretty daunting to look at all of this from the bottom of the hill again, but hopefully people haven't forgotten us just yet.