Hear new music from The Vines

Band showcase new track online

The Vines have showcased the first material from their third album online.

The track, ‘Don’t Listen To The Radio’, has been posted on the the front page of their official website, www.thevines.com. Their currently untitled new record is set for release in the spring.

A statement on the band’s official website reads: “The Vines are delighted to report that they are in the final stages of mixing their third album, with the release date set for the 3rd of April outside the US of A, and the 4th within the States.

“After spending the second half of 2005 writing, rehearsing and recording, the band commenced mixing with producer Wayne Connolly in early January, and will be finished at the end of the month.

“Amongst the many highlights of the time spent in the studio are Craig’s amazing vocal performance on his new country ballad…after a couple of pretty tough years, making this album has been a genuinely creative experience for everyone.”

The band have worked on the album in Sydney’s BJB Studios with Connerly. The sessions marked a return to action for the band, who looked on the verge of collapse when frontman Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

“There’s a bunch of different styles on this record,” Connerly told NME.COM recently. “He’s kind of got a little bit of that space rock stuff but he’s also got some really intense wild punk rock, there something very primal about it.”

He added: “Then he’s got a couple of great Beatles kind of punk rock songs, a bit of sixties beat garage stuff, a couple of really good indie slacker tracks and a bit of soaring pop stuff like that. A few strings. He’s always been a really big fan of that lush production, whether it’s been obvious in the past.”

Working track titles include ‘Nothing’s Coming’, ‘Any Sound’ and ‘Take Me Back’.

And relations within the band are good, says Connerly. “The morale’s been really good because they do enjoy recording. It kind of makes it easier for everybody. Craig doesn’t really devote himself to the serious issues of the day, he pretty much devotes most of his energy to hiding behind doors and scaring people. It’s great to see his eccentric playful side.”

However, bass player Patrick Matthews has played a minimal role in the new album, since his side project Youth Group took off.

The band’s management have previously gone on record saying that the band will “never” go on a traditional tour again.