Hurts frontman Theo Hutchcraft has admitted the band were worried they'd forgotten how to write songs when they decided to follow up their successful debut album.
The band - Theo and Adam Anderson - have toured almost solidly since Happiness, their first album, became a hit in 2010.
Theo, 26, said: "We toured for a long time and had not been able to write, meaning we'd had all these ideas bottled up for ages.
"We were worried that after so long we might not be able to write any more songs. You know, had we forgotten how to do it?
"Fortunately, once we did stop touring we started straight away and it happened very quickly."
The band said that there was a reason that they didn't begin writing second album Exile while still on the road.
"You need calm focus to write songs and you don't get that on the road," Theo said.
:: Hurts' second album Exile is out now. They play Manchester Academy 2 on April 1 and Glasgow Garage on April 2.