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The band take a new direction - and John Power tells us what form it will take...

CAST are taking a new direction on their new album, which is due out in the first half of next year, NME.COM can reveal.

The band have been collaborating with Stone Roses producer John Leckie as well as Tristen Norwell, who’s previously worked with Talvin Singh and Embrace.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM last week, frontman John Power described Cast’s new direction as “hop ‘n’ roll” and said the new songs – including ‘Beyond A Century’, ‘Kingdoms And Crowns’ and ‘Curtains’ – were more groove-orientated than anything the band had recorded before.

Power said: “(I’ve been working) in a little studio in the cellar, on the acoustic. My mate John Leckie came up to ours and we just set a few things up in the house.

“I’d just got to the point where we’d always had backbeats or whatever, and I’d just got to the point where I’d completely had enough of that. I wanna try and touch upon something which I’ve talked about but never really done.

“I hooked up with a guy called Tristan Norwell. He’s brought a lot to the party, like. We’re concentrating on beats and grooves and bottom end.

You can read more of Power’s thoughts on the new material and details of a forthcoming collaboration in the this week’s issue of the NME (November 11) in shops in London today (November 7) and throughout the UK from tomorrow.