STEREOPHONICS GO BACK TO BASICS

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The band want to return to "medium-sized" venues to showcase songs from their "warmer" third album...

STEREOPHONICS vocalist KELLY JONES has said when the band tour the UK next year it will be in “medium-sized places”, and has described their third album, tentatively titled ‘JEEP’, as “warmer” than any of their previous output.

Speaking in an interview in the current issue of Select magazine, Jones reveals a number of working titles for songs which are being considered for inclusion on the forthcoming LP. Also, he confessed to being “sick” and “bored” of playing large arenas in the UK. He said: “It’s a much warmer record, not so harsh and right in your face. To get that across we might have to go back to medium-sized places, Shepherd’s Bush Empire rather than Wembley Arena. I want to play the songs the way they’re meant to be played and listened to the way they’re meant to be listened to.

“I’m sick of being ‘This is big, this is us’ with all the lights. I don’t want that. I’m bored of that. I’ll tell you now, there won’t be any more ‘More Life In A Tramp’s Vest’‘s. We’ve done the rock thing now.”

Ten tracks are set to feature on the new album, and working titles include: ‘Vegas Two Times’, ‘Rooftop’, ‘Have A Nice Day’, ‘Mr Writer’, ‘Surprise’, ‘Step On My Old Size Nines’, ‘Watch Them Fly Sundays’, ‘Caravan Holiday’ and ‘Every Day I Think Of Money’. This is in addition to the two track titles Stereophonics revealed to nme.com earlier in the year, ‘Lying In The Sun’ and ‘Nice To Be Out’.

‘Caravan Holiday’ is said to be a “relationship metaphor”, while ‘Every Day I Think Of Money’ tells the tale of a security guard who fantasises about stealing money from his van and escaping from his ordinary life.

Jones also described the lyrics on the record as more reflective and personal than before. He continued: “The older you get the more you think about the past and I’ve been doing that a lot lately, about where I’m from and where I’m going. And a lot of that has come through on this record.

“It’s a lot more from me the listener rather than the fictional scenes I’ve done before. I guess that’s probably because I’ve been scared of showing how I feel so I used to put my feelings through someone else’s situation.”