The band's frontman Orlando Weeks told ShortList that it would be good for both pop and alternative if the latter had a higher profile.
"It would be beneficial if there was more alternative music in the mainstream charts," he said. "This is the first time we've been involved at that end of the charts, so it's the only time I've ever listened to what else was in them.
"It became obvious that we weren't [the norm]. There's so much great alternative music being made, and it brings the best out of pop music, and vice versa, when it's at the top end of the charts."
Asked if the band ever think about playing stadiums and being number one, Weeks added: "It's not the motivation for getting up in the morning.
"I just want to make stuff I'm proud of, whatever comes along with it comes with it. I don't think ambition is a dirty word, but you need to be ambitious for the right thing."
The band's guitarist Felix White recently claimed that their label Fiction was "really worried" that their top five album Given to the Wild was too experimental to be a success.
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