February 4, 2014 8:50

U2 reveal they are recording new album in a 'dank basement' with 'mice'

The band go back to humble beginnings for their thirteenth studio LP

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U2 frontman Bono has revealed that the band are recording their new album in a "dank basement".

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, he discussed the band's new album after the group released new song 'Invisible' as a free download yesterday (February 2).

Asked about the recording process for the band's thirteenth studio album, Bono said: "We're here in this great nation, in this capital, in some dank basement. Where I'm calling from, as we speak, there were mice spotted earlier. We call it the Oil Rig. Why is it that we always end up hanging out with men in overalls? You start a band when you're 17 and then you get a crew if you're lucky and they're all in overalls and then you go to the studio and there's more people in overalls. Not enough girls. Please, girls out there, start twiddling those knobs."

As previously reported, when asked whether it was difficult to stay relevant, Bono responded: "We're on the verge of irrelevance. You have to make stuff relevant to you and where you're at, make an honest account of what you're going through. If that's relevant to other people, great. But we don't know."

The frontman also spoke about the inspiration behind the group's as-yet-untitled thirteenth studio album, saying: "We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk – you can hear both on 'Invisible'. It opened up a whole valve for me writing, it was like a damburst of sorts."

Bono confirmed that the new record is still being worked on and would be finished in two months. Talking about the band's return to the stage, he expressed a desire to "play indoors". He said: "We love those big outdoors shows – we've had some of the best nights of our lives [playing those]. For this album, we're going to start indoors. We'd like to play the O2 [arena]. Sometimes it's nice to play intimate things like that."

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