After lengthy absence, Splashh are back. New music for the indie-psych group has been few and far between in recent years, with their 2015 single ‘Pure Blue’ being the only release since their debut album ‘Comfort’ in 2013.

Now though, they come bearing the goods. Yesterday, the group dropped new single ‘Rings’, the first taster of their upcoming second album – due in February next year. There’s hazy guitars and a dreamy breakdown in the middle – but a sinister punk undercurrent stirs throughout, hinting that their new record could take the band in a bold new direction. Exciting times. We caught up with guitarist Toto to see how album two is shaping up.

‘Rings’ is quite a punky return – is that indicative of the sound of the album?

“Yes and no. The record is loud and in-your-face but also ambient and melodic at the same time. There’s a lot more to offer on the album but ‘Rings’ encompasses the full range of the LP – it shows both sides of the album. We wanted the first track to be a little shocking”

Have you enjoyed making album number two?

“We really did, It was recorded in New York with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, The War On Drugs) so that was really inspiring for us. This album has been a long time coming, we had been sitting with the demos for a while but always felt it was important to find the right person to produce it.

“With Nico’s help we tore the songs apart and started fresh, he pushed us and we had a lot of fun experimenting. The LP has come out sounding a lot different to what we first imagined and we’re really excited with the final product.”

What’s the plan for the rest of 2016?

“We’re playing a special show to follow the release of ‘Rings’ at Moth Club, November 7. The record will be coming out in the first half of 2017, so for us, getting back on the road and touring is the next step and also a really exciting prospect. Until then we’ll be charging our batteries and maybe dipping into the ocean back home in Australia before we hit the road! Keep your eyes peeled.”

Splashh will play Moth Club, London on November 7.