The band make a fresh start in 2005...

THE CHARLATANS have begun work on their ninth studio album after signing a worldwide recording deal with SANCTUARY RECORDS.

The veteran group, who gave fans a taster of new material this week with free download ‘Alles Klar’, expect the follow-up to 2004's ‘Up At The Lake’ to be out in the autumn.

Joe Cokell, CEO of Sanctuary Recorded Music Worldwide, said: "The Charlatans are one of the key influential British bands of the past decade who have combined critical acclaim with strong album sales, backed up by sell out live performances to a dedicated fanbase. I am delighted to welcome the band to Sanctuary and look forward to working with the guys and management on their first Sanctuary release."

Steve Harrison, The Charlatans' manager, added: "We are thrilled with the prospect of working with the Sanctuary Group. In a difficult's great to be at a company which is clearly bucking the trend and successfully expanding into marketplace opportunities that come with change. Sanctuary is clearly an obvious home for The Charlatans. A company with great heritage, a superb roster and an open mind with refreshingly global aspirations... nice to be part of the brave new world."

The Charlatans will announce their touring plans for 2005 shortly. ‘Alles Klar’ can be downloaded from now.

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