REM hire Bloc Party producer for new album

Jacknife Lee says the band's new songs are 'exciting'

REM hire Bloc Party producer for new album
R.E.M are to record their 14th studio album with Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee, the man behind recent LPs by Bloc Party and Snow Patrol.

Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills hope to release the follow-up to 2004’s ‘Around The Sun’ before the end of the year.

The band had used Pat McCarthy as producer on their last three albums, but have decided on a change for the new record.

Lee said of his new challenge: “R.E.M are consistently one of the great bands, if not the greatest. The new songs they’ve written are some of their most exciting and visceral yet. They're a beacon for any band wishing to remain honest and challenging.”

R.E.M’s Mike Mills admitted: “We are psyched to work with Jacknife Lee. We’ve got a great batch of songs, and can’t wait to put them down.”

The band’s original line-up - Stipe, Buck, Mills and original drummer Bill Berry, who quit in 1997 – will today (March 12) be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder in a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

And the original line-up have recorded their fist song together since 1996, a cover of John Lennon's '#9 Dream' for Amnesty International.

It will be available as a download from tomorrow (March 13) from

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