Martin Henry (De Rosa): "The songs on Mend were some of the last recorded at the original Chem19 studios in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. The album was recorded on and off over a year or two, and I have some very fond memories of this time.
The studio had a couple of rehearsal rooms and I remember recording 'Hopes and Little Jokes' one morning in 2005 while The Delgados were rehearsing for one of their final gigs next door. Paul and Emma from the band dropped by the control room for a listen to what we were doing and seemed really impressed. Personally this was a big deal for me, as I had been a fan of the band for years. There was always a great atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement for music being made by bands at all levels in that place, and as for us, I think you can hear De Rosa growing up on Mend.
The band was only Neil (or drummer) and I when we started recording in 2004, and by the time of the album's completion at the end of 2005, the band had grown to a four piece. For me this record charts the bands formation, and I'm always fond of listening to the record because of this. These are our first recordings, and very much a step into the unknown, but I think we made something special, which captures the essence of us in that place and at that time.