British Sea Power recording album inspired by TV chef Rick Stein

Band reveal they are 15 songs into new album

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British Sea Power are currently recording their fourth album - and have revealed one of their new songs was inspired by TV chef Rick Stein.

Speaking NME.COM guitarist Noble revealed the band are producing the follow-up to 2008's Nationwide Mercury Prize-nominated 'Do You Like Rock Music?' themselves.

"Work on the new album is coming on pretty good," he explained. "We've got about 15 songs on the go, we've bought loads of equipment and we're recording all ourselves at our own Pheasant Studios, and then Graham Sutton, who mixed our last album, is first choice to mix the new one.

He added: "We hope to have it all finished song-wise by the end of July and hope to have it completely finished before the year is out, so it’s released before the end of next year. Where we're recording has got a good atmosphere, it's a farmhouse out in the country in Sussex. It's about an hour north of where I live in Brighton. So we just go out there for a few days and work on stuff.

The guitarist added that the fish chef had been a source of inspiration for the new record's lyrics.

"I think there’s one song about Rick Stein. I haven't asked [frontman] Yan why, I think he just likes him," said Noble. "Yan takes a while to come up with the lyrics. He starts off singing any old thing then gradually the lyrics come. He's going into that stage now."

Meanwhile the band will take a break from the studio to perform their new soundtrack for film 'Man of Aran' at the BFI Southbank in London on April 23. A DVD of the movie featuring British Sea Power's soundtrack will be released on May 18.

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