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PATROL are going back to their Irish roots to find inspiration for their all-important new album.

Although the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Final Straw’ will be the band’s fourth, the pressure is on the band to follow up their massive-selling breakthrough. As such, the Glasgow-based, Belfast-born band are currently holed up in south-west Ireland’s Dingle, writing and recording.

A source close to the band told Billboard: “We hope to have a new record out later this year, but it’ll be ready when it’ll be ready. We’re not putting any pressure on the guys to deliver it. They’ve got a few tunes in the pipeline and they’re pretty confident about them.”

Gary Lightbody and Co took time out of their sessions to attend Ireland’s Meteor Awards last week, where they walked away with the Best Album (for ‘Final Straw’) and Best Band gongs.

The band are confirmed to play this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival on June 12 alongside REM and [a][/a],

and will support U2

on a clutch of European dates on their imminent Vertigo tour.

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