The band played a string of 'secret' gigs over the weekend - and now they're heading into the studio with Youth...

Embrace will head into the studio in the New Year with producer YOUTH to start work on their fourth album.

The band played a string of ‘secret’ gigs over the weekend at the Leeds Cockpit (December 19-21), keeping their appearance shrouded in mystery by being billed as the Good Good People – a reference to their well-known hit ‘All You Good Good People’.

Singer Danny McNamara posted a message on the band’s official website embrace.co.uk at 3am this morning, saying: “I can’t tell you how good it is to be back, after spending the last two years doing nothing but writing songs. Even on my birthday which was New Year’s Eve I was at home all night writing.”


He added: “The bars been raised to a level that’s so high you can’t see it from the ground. Now at last we’ve got ten songs that clear the bar. Everyone seems to be saying that we’ve got something back that we lost along the way. For me each album has got progressively more honest. The difference with this one is that the big tunes are back.”

However, McNamara said that the band have not finished writing just yet and plan to spend the festive season working new material.

He explained: “We’re going to carry on writing over Christmas, then we go into the studio at the beginning of next year to start work on the new album with Youth.”

“(Youth)’s the most challenging person we’ve ever worked with. We’ve already spent some time in pre-production with him, which was one of the most inspiring times we’ve ever had. As soon as he walks in the room everybody raises their game by 50%,” McNamara added.

As previously reported on NME.COM, [a][/a] parted ways with their former label Hut in 2002 after three studio albums and signed to Independiente.