NEW SONGS FROM NORTHERN BRITAIN!

Bass player Gerard Love also tells NME.COM they won't play any old classics on their forthcoming tour with Jad Fair...

Teenage Fanclub’s GERARD LOVE has said the band are working on new tracks for inclusion on a “retrospective” album, due for release later this year.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, the bassist said: “It was a good time to reflect. We’re amazed the band has lasted this long and even more amazed that none of us have had to find proper jobs yet.”

Love also spoke about ‘Words Of Wisdom and Hope’, the forthcoming collaborative new album featuring Teenage Fanclub have and veteran indie rocker Jad Fair.

Recorded two years ago and featuring The Pastels’ Katrina Mitchell on drums and backing vocals, it’s a notable departure from the Teenage Fanclub‘s harmony-driven guitar pop.

“All the songs came from jamming together,” he said. “It was quite a

casual record, no pressure on us and the mood was very relaxed. Jad Fair is very adaptable, no matter what you come up with he’d find a way of making a song out of it. For us, writing lyrics is the hardest part, but Jad just seems to roll them off onto tape. He’s not uptight about self-expression.”

There will be a handful of live dates in Scotland and London to coincide with the album, “but we won’t play any of our back catalogue,” said Love. “We want to keep the thing casual and special. I’d hate to promote it as just another record.”

‘Words of Wisdom and Hope’ is released through Geographic on March 25.

Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair play the following shows:

The Barbican, London (April 22)

Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow (26)

The Forum, Aberdeen (27)

Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (28)

To buy tickets, call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.