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Supergrass members swap instruments on 'chaotic' new album

Band gearing up to release Can-influenced record this May

Supergrass are to release music on their own label, Supergrass Records, in the future, after parting company with EMI. The Oxford group have also made their bassist, Mickey Quinn, their 'managing director'.
Supergrass have revealed that their new album sees the trio swap instruments on some tracks.

The band, who are currently putting the finishing touches to the record, told NME.COM that the recording process has seen them try a few new studio tricks out for the first time.

"We're using bits of drones through the tracks," frontman Gaz Coombes explained, adding that The Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' – also a drone – is a primary influence and that the band have been "doing a bit of freestyle" jamming in the studio. "This record's actually been very collaborative," Coombes continued. "It's been cool to try something different and chaotic."

With a working title of 'Release The Drones', "two or three tracks" see the band swapping instruments, according to Coombes, with bassist Mick Quinn and drummer Danny Goffey changing roles on the title track.

Another song, 'Tractor Man', is "an ode to the working farmer", who also stated that the band have been listening to a lot of Can and krautrock while making the album.

Although no release date has been confirmed, the band are hoping to release the follow-up to 2008's 'Diamond Hoo Ha' this May. It's set to be their first album release on new label Cooking Vinyl, after the band "mutually agreed to part ways" with Parlophone and EMI in 2008.

Meanwhile, Coombes and Goffey's sideproject The Hot Rats released their debut album 'Turns Ons' yesterday (January 25). The album features covers of tracks including Pink Floyd's 'Bike', Beastie Boys' '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)' and the Sex Pistols' 'E.M.I'.

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