Massive Attack: ‘There’s a whole album’s worth of new material’

The band last released an album in 2010 with 'Heligoland'

Massive Attack‘s Robert Del Naja – aka 3D – has said that the band have recorded an album’s worth of new material.

Speaking to Gigwise, Del Naja discussed the progress of the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Heligoland’, saying that though there was lots of new material, it was unfinished.

“To be honest there’s a whole album of new material sitting in a studio at the moment which isn’t finished and hasn’t been played at all yet,” he commented. “There’s one track I’ve done with Tricky… but I’ve gotta play it live with him really, and that’s not ready for this tour yet as it would have just been a bit haphazard to throw it in there for these shows.” Massive Attack closed the Other Stage at Glastonbury festival on Sunday (June 29) night.

He said that the band’s sixth album would be inspired by their work with documentary maker Adam Curtis. “At the moment I’m thinking that on this record we’ve been concentrating on songs and the inspirations for them. Working with Adam last year saw us hear a lot of old pop songs which I guess made us look at things in a different way,” he explained.

Massive Attack teamed up with Curtis, famous for his films such as All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, for shows at Manchester’s International Festival, entitled Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis. The production between the two was also a collaboration with United Visual Artists (who have previously created visual shows for Massive Attacks tours) and featured appearances from Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins singer and former Massive Attack collaborator Liz Fraser.