Wilco get back into the studio

The band have tried out a host of new songs on the road

Wilco are to return to the studio next month to begin work on their new album.

The band have been roadtesting new songs for the follow-up to 2004’s ‘A Ghost Is Born’ during recent live outings.

Among the songs performed live so far are ‘Either Way’, ‘On And On And On’ and ‘Walken’.

Drummer Glen Kotche told Billboard that there is no firm timetable for the new record.

He said the new material is “kind of all over the place”.

He added: “We’re going to continue demoing to see what shape the record takes. We’re not really forcing anything. We’re just writing songs that we like and crafting good songs together. We’ll see what rises to the top”.

He continued: “We make things we like to hear that we’re going to want to listen to in 10 or 20 years. I think they were doing that before I joined (in 2001). Stylistically, it has gone in some different directions. Musically, there are some amazing musicians in the band now, like Nels Cline (guitarist). We’re able to tackle a lot more and a lot more different stuff than Wilco previously had.”

Wilco will be back on the road in July and August, including a hometown appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 6.