June 9, 2000 12:44
The group are tipped to release a new album next year - and there's also a solo project from singer [b]Hope Sandoval[/b] on the way...
The group, who originally signed to the label in 1989, have been without a deal since departing Capitol Records after the release of their third album, 'Among My Swan' in 1996. Rough Trade supremo Geoff Travis expects the deal to be sealed soon, and, as well as the band's new album, hopes to release a solo record by singer Hope Sandoval around the same time.
Travis added: "They're really keen to get back into the studio and make another record, and Hope's really into doing her own stuff as well. We've always had a very close relationship - I've known the guitarist David Roeback for 16 years - so I'll be very pleased if we can sort something out."
The band played to a sold-out audience at the London Union Chapel last night (June 8). The show was part of a seven-date European tour, which has taken in Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris (where they played on a boat).
Several new songs were showcased in the set, although a handful of old favourites were performed, to the delight of the devoted fans present, including Beth Orton, Death In Vegas mainman Richard Fearless and Finley Quaye.
However, there was no sign of the UK top 40 hits 'Fade Into You' and 'Flowers In December'. That didn't seem to bother the audience, who applauded so loudly that the group, including former My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Coisaig on bass, returned for three encores, including a cover of Bo Diddley's 'Mona'.
Geoff Travis said of the tour: "They just wanted to get back to their roots, do a few word-of-mouth shows. They've had a great time."