August 20, 2013 15:09

DIIV say second album is 'definitely going to be darker'

Zachary Cole Smith confirms he is planning to release second album in March 2014

DIIV say second album is 'definitely going to be darker'

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Diiv frontman Zachary Cole Smith has said that he hopes the band's new album will be released in March or April next year.

Cole, who released debut album 'Oshiin' alongside his bandmates in 2012, spoke to DIY about his plans for a follow-up, describing the songs as both "poppy" and "aggressive". Earlier this year the band uploaded footage of themselves performing new song 'Dust', offering fans an insight into their next album prior to its release.

Chatting about the direction the new songs are taking, Smith said: "I wouldn’t say the new record is going to be more aggressive as a whole. Aggression is one thing that I loosely explored on the first record, I feel like on the next record I can push the envelope there. On the next record, I can push the envelope in a bunch of different directions. It’s definitely going to be a darker record based on how my life has been personally, since the last record came out."

The outspoke frontman offered an insight into the recording and release plans for the record, saying a 2013 release is impossible. "I’m shooting for March/April next year," he said. "I have a fuck load of songs. I have a ton of stuff that I’m playing around with. Some of the songs aren’t really song ideas they’re more mood ideas. I have a lot of scattered stuff that I bring together. The most exciting part of the process is writing it. The most satisfying part is putting the final album together. Choosing the album order is the most fun part. It’s like making a mixtape. It’s so fun."

DIIV return to the UK this weekend for performances at Reading And Leeds Festivals. The band cancelled their last European tour, including scheduled shows at The Great Escape in Brighton, London's Heaven and Primavera in Barcelona in May.

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