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Friendly Fires announce second album plans

Follow-up to self-titled debut could be ready by May

This weekend's Shockwaves NME Awards Tour shows were something of a 48-hour long party. Not only were the two dates on Friday and Saturday Glasvegas' homecoming shows, but a raft of aftershows were organised after each gig, with Friendly Fires (pictured) DJIng alongside Twin Atlantic and Mixtape. The chaos continues to Sheffield tomorrow. Pic: Neale Smith
Friendly Fires have revealed that they have started work on their second album - and plan to release it next May.

The St Albans band's frontman Ed MacFarlane told BBC 6music that the trio had four songs already lined up for the follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut. He said they planned to record it after New Year and have it released in time for the summer festivals.

"We have about four tracks done already, which is really good because we only came off the road about a month ago, so we're really pleased with the way it's panning out," he explained.

He added: "We're going to hopefully have all the songs finished by the end of the year, record in January and have the album ready for May time, and do some festivals around then."

Speaking of how the band might follow the likes of songs 'Paris' and 'Jump In The Pool', MacFarlane said the band would not be deliberately attempting to surpass their biggest singles.

"I don't think we’re trying to think about writing pop hits because I think as soon as you do that you’re missing the point a little bit and you'll end up writing really bad songs," he said. "So we're just writing whatever comes naturally."

Friendly Fires are set to headline an all-night event at the London Coronet on December 11. They will be joined by The Invisible and DJ Joe Goddard of Hot Chip at the bash, among other acts.

To check the availability of Friendly Fires tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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