PULP – THIS WON’T BE HARDCORE!

Jarvis reveals he's written all the songs for the band's new record in an exclusive nme.com interview...

Pulp have nearly finished their new album with a single set to be released before summer, frontman JARVIS COCKER has told nme.com.

Cocker was speaking excluisvely to nme.com on Saturday at Birmingham Ronnie Scott’s where he gone to watch Tony Christie, the 1960s crooner he collaborated with on The All Seeing I’s hit ‘Walk Like A Panther’. He said the album, which is as-yet untitled, was about three-quarters finished – and a lighter affair than their last.

He said: “We’ve recorded all the songs to make sure they sound alright and I’ve already gone to the trouble of writing words, usually I leave it to the day before we go in the studio.”

“We want to go in and record it as soon as possible and hopefully get a single out before the summer.” Cocker also revealed the new LP wouldn’t be as dark as their last, 1998’s ‘This Is Hardcore’ saying “we’ve turned a bit towards the light.”.

Meanwhile, Cocker has turned modern art critic and is judging the ‘Becks Futures Exhibition And Awards’ at London’s Institute for the Contemporary Arts.

The awards are set up to showcase Britain’s best young, contemporary artists. Jarvis, who made a series of television documentaries recently about ‘outsider artists’, was asked to be part of the judging panel by the ICA as he’s an ‘artist patron’ of the institute along with stars like David Bowie, Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, Joanna Lumley and Janet Street Porter.

His Pulp bandmate, bassist Mark Webber, also hosts a regular club at the venue called ‘Little Stabs Of Happiness’ which often features Jarvis as a DJ.

You can see the the ‘Beck’s Futures Exhibition And Awards’ at the ICA from March 17 – May 17. The awards ceremony takes place on April 18.

As reported yesterday, the band also play this year’s Carling Weekend Festival at Reading and Leeds on August 26 (Reading) and August 27 (Leeds).

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