How have you found the initial reaction to your new material so far?
"It's a little bit early days, but so far the reaction has been great. The way we wanted to approach it was by gently getting it out to people rather than jam it down their throats. We spent a lot of time getting to this stage and so it's nice to know that people appreciate it."
Would you say the LP's first two singles represent its sound?
"They do but when we were having conversations about the tracklisting for the new album we were worried that some tracks wouldn't flow well. When it came to it we realised that the most natural place for 'Fire In The House' was straight after 'Good For Nothing' - and they somehow work well together, despite the fact that if they were dissected they are quite different songs. I think that is the best way to describe the rest of the album, there is quite a variety of songs but they all seem to hang together nicely."
It's been four years since your last album; why the gap?
"We decided that we should experiment with working with other people as we had mixed the first two albums ourselves. When we initially thought about approaching Stuart Price to work with us we were told, 'He's hit the big time now, you're not going to get him'. I met him and had a chat with him about some of our music - I gave him a CD with about 20 songs on and the next day he e-mailed me back with a load of feedback. From there we talked about getting into the studio and we ended up waiting nine months. If you want to work with good people, you've got to wait - and know they're worth waiting for."
The music scene has changed dramatically since your last record; were you tempted to follow the trend?
"Not really as music tastes always go in cycles. There was that whole wave of new British bands that we kind of caught a ride on, but to be influenced by something that is happening 'then' is such a fashion thing and by the time you bring out your record it's going to be out of date. I think you need to be sure about what you are doing and not get too influenced by outside sources. I quite like the Tinie Tempah album, but we're not going to make that kind of record."
Did you want Stuart Price to add a dancier side to your material?
"To be honest it wasn't for that fact. Yes, he is an electronic producer, but when we met with him it was more about discussing the songs. I wrote some of the material on my own and so it was quite nice to talk to someone on the outside who doesn't get caught in the politics of the band. It was good to have someone comment on whether the chorus was big enough and then leaving all of the little production bits until later."
Is there a particular track you're excited for fans to hear?
"We've always been excited about 'Fire In The House' and have always enjoyed playing it. There's another track called 'Feels Good' which just makes me want to dance and I can't help but think it's going to be great live."
Are you feeling the pressure with this album after the success of the previous two?
"Not really; that was one of the nice things about making this record - there wasn't any pressure. It felt almost like it was the first time around again - there were no expectations and what will be, will be. It would be nice to get another number one and have a hat-trick, but it doesn't have to go straight in at the top - Stars On CCTV took six months to get there."
What can fans expect from your upcoming UK tour?
"We are re-energised and itching to perform again. We've been in a studio for three years and the couple of shows that we have done to get back into the swing of things have been really amazing. It feels like our early days again with nerves and excitement and a raw energy to get out there."
Have you managed to work with any of your musical idols yet?
"I've been lucky enough to work with Mick Jones from The Clash. Obviously when you're working with someone you try to play a little bit cooler! Meeting and working with Mick has been amazing and he's now become a friend of the band and joined us on stage a few times. He's been there and done it and so you learn so much from him. When I was younger I really bought into the Oasis album and got my hair cut like them and everything. So when I finally got to meet Liam and Noel that was amazing too."
What do you make of the Gallagher brothers' material since Oasis split?
"I must admit I still have to check Beady Eye out - I've only heard their singles. My dad used to have the John Lennon Best Of solo album and used to play it really loud every morning and so I really like what I've heard of Beady Eye because it really reminds me of Lennon's solo stuff. I haven't heard Noel's music yet, but I've heard it's really good. The one thing I can't get away from personally is that they're at their best when Liam is singing Noel's songs. I always liked Oasis mark one because it had melody, attitude and energy. Hopefully they will sort out their differences one day."
Hard-Fi's 'Fire In The House' is available to download now. The album, Killer Sounds, follows on August 22.
Watch the 'Fire in the House' music video below: