Listen carefully and you might just hear a distant rumbling. It could be the sound of a multi hair-coloured hipster looking girl, roller-skating through a Subspace Highway in your head, or it could be the sound of momentum building behind a young Bristol band as they generate much buzz and acclaim from blogs and radio stations alike. In either case it would be the sound of The Ramona Flowers in your head, but only one would bring you languorous and gorgeous electronic pop music.

Pop culture aficionados will recognise the name from cult favourite comic book turned Edgar Wright film, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, and that the band has the same moniker isn't coincidental in the slightest. Formed in late 2010, the guys found that a name for their new group was not forthcoming, not until guitarist Sam came bounding into the studio one morning, raving about a film he had seen the night before and the character of an enigmatic, roller-skating girl with a dry sense of humour and seven evil exes. As drummer Ed told us when we caught up with him in some down time after their recent tour with Bastille, "we went away, and we watched the film, and we all agreed that firstly it's a great name and secondly that the character is just really cool. We just liked the whole idea about her, that she was kind of mysterious and a bit dangerous."

Sharing a name with a character who is adored by what can be a voracious and vocal community can be a double edged sword though, and while their music has been shared with a massive audience as a result (it was posted on the Scott Pilgrim Facebook page which has 3million likes), the response hasn't been universally positive. Not that the band are unduly concerned. "I've got friends who are really into comics and graphic novels," explains Ed. "I know how partisan they can be, it is kind of sacred to them [and] some people take exception."

It is only a few who have done so to be fair, and while there are a handful who are not happy that the name has been appropriated, complaints have actually centred on the fact that The Ramona Flowers don't sound grungy and low-fi like the comic's fictional band, Sex-bob-omb. "It's a question of taste I think, personal taste; and not everyone is going to like what you do. We believe in what we are doing, we write music that we like, and that we listen to and we just hope other people like it really."

Ironically Scott Pilgrim fans may have preferred how the band used to sound, as Ed reveals, "We started off as a guitar band." Though they have now evolved into purveyors of well rounded and compelling electro-pop. "We found that we could express ourselves a lot better down that path rather than restricting ourselves with traditional instrumentation of being a guitar band, we still have that element in what we do but we have managed to merge it with the production side."

That change came about in part from working with Andy Barlow, who was producing for Lamb at the time, they had already started to use more synths and electronics but when they hooked up with him, it was all systems go. It also led to new opportunities for the band, namely a support slot on the Lamb European tour. This was to be their first tour of any kind but rather than be daunted by it the band used it as an opportunity to bond and learn more about one another as well as develop as a group. "Whenever you tour, you become tighter musically" says Ed, "and in terms of personality and I think it allowed us to be a lot more honest in our songwriting and work a lot more ruthlessly with what we were doing on our sound."

They worked even harder too, and it has really begun to pay off, not least on their recent tour with Bastille, which garnered them near universally positive reviews and comments. Not that they knew at the time how big a deal it was going to be. The band, explains Ed, were just on the lookout for some gigs or maybe a tour in the early part of 2013. They'd been talking to a label about and getting something sorted and soon an email arrived saying 'We have sorted you out a tour with a band called Bastille'. Serendipitous forces were clearly at work as the night The Ramona Flowers were first played on Radio One, Bastille had been featured in session on the show. "That's when we first heard them," explains Ed, "and I kept track of them and would watch them obviously get sent to the top of the charts, and within a week after getting the tour they just started to explode all over radio one, they were A listed and on radio one, on radio two and it just started looking up."

It soon became apparent that this was going to be a very significant tour and it was then that this already hard-working band decided to kick on and graft even more. Spurred on by the magnitude of what lay before them and a desire to not themselves or Bastille down, the guys started to rehearse and hone their set more than ever. The results were apparent to anyone fortunate enough to see them play. Comments heard when we saw them play the Norwich Waterfront were not only about how good they were, but how tight they sounded.

The praise kept coming and Ed admits they were taken aback somewhat by the level of response they had. The change from people not really knowing them to people seeking them out just to say how much they love them was a pleasant surprise, and one that they could get used to. The audience in Norwich that night were ravenous for new music, the venue had been packed as soon as the doors opened and they were ready to enjoy the night's entertainment. It was, explains Ed, pretty much the same everywhere they went. "[It] is really encouraging actually, because it's healthier on the live scene than people realise and the current young generation are really, really hungry for new music and it's really quite exciting."

It's not just live music they are hungry for as the success of the tour has seen an increased interest in last year's debut EP, Dismantle and Rebuild as well as new single, 'Lust and Lies'. The band has been together for over two years and the EP came out over six months ago, it might not seem like a long time but for ambitious guys surely it must be difficult, to feel like everything is on a slow burn. Not so, says Ed. "I think we just accept that it's part of where we are." Dismantle and Rebuild was a soft release he explains, so we can infer that vast and immediate interest was not expected. "We believe in what we are doing," he continues, "and just keep our heads down working and still have faith that we are doing the right thing basically. It's important to get good reaction but we know if we keep working hard then eventually it will come." They can take inspiration and heart from the story of their recent tour-mates as well, he says. Bastille were touring and gigging practically non-stop for 18 months before this last headline tour and its only really now that they have taken off. They had faith in what they were doing and stuck it out.

Having seen first-hand the level of adulation thrown at Bastille, they know more than ever that's what they want and have even allowed themselves a moment to dream of that day, but they know it will be hard work and they are happy to follow the same road as Bastille to get there. "It's very much feet on the ground working hard to try and complete the album. Obviously you kind of think what could happen, but on a day-to-day basis we just work really hard to secure more gigs and stuff for the rest of the year. [We're] just keeping our fingers crossed basically."


The Ramona Flowers' Lust And Lies EP is out now.