THE VINES’ NEW COUNTRY DIRECTION!

The follow-up to 'Highly Evolved' to be recorded in a rural location...

Vines are heading to a small studio in upstate NEW YORK this coming summer to begin work on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to their debut ‘HIGHLY EVOLVED’.

The band, set to tour the UK later this month, will decamp to the famous Bearsville Studios shortly after the completion of the UK dates.

“We were talking to those guys from Longwave and Bearsville is the place they did their record and they said it was great,” bassist and founder member Patrick Matthews told NME.COM. “We’ll go in around June or July. After we play the Brixton Academy show (May 1), we’ll go back to Australia for a couple of weeks, so we’ll go then.”

Of the new songs, he added: “It’s gone past the point where we can work on stuff in soundcheck. We have eight songs ready – I know Craig has three part harmonies to at least those eight songs in his head. We might not use all of them, though.”

He said the band, who had been working on some demos for the album during a week of sessions in Sydney in January, hoped to release the record at the back end of this year or early next spring.

Meanwhile, Vines are currently on a 21-date tour of the US with Music. The last tour imploded in late December following an onstage fight between Matthews and frontman Craig Nicholls in Boston.

Nicholls “went nutty” after Matthewsbroke a bass string during ‘Ain’t No Room’ , swinging his microphone around, hitting him on the head. Matthews then lunged at him and they fell fighting into the audience. Exhaustion was blamed, and the band cancelled touring commitments outside of Australia for a couple of months.

“We’re getting on much better, I suppose,” said Matthews . “At the end of the last tour, we went home and had time off for a few weeks, then got back together to work on songs that we’re thinking of putting on the new album for about a week or two weeks.

“Craig’s still difficult, but we haven’t been fighting onstage. I think that was part pantomime playing to the audience.”

The Vines UK tour starts on April 23 with the rearranged sold-out NME gig at London Astoria .

The full tour dates are as follows:

London Astoria (April 23)

Norwich UEA (25)

Glasgow Barrowland (26)

Wolverhampton Civic (27)

Newcastle Northumbria University (29)

Manchester Apollo (30)

London Brixton Academy (May 1)

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