The band will premiere the songs on the NME New Music Tour inspired by Rizla in spring...

Nine Black Alps have finished recording their eagerly anticipated debut album.

The band have been working with producer Rob Schnapf – best known for his work with Foo Fighters, Beck, Elliot Smith and The Vines.

“The sessions were quite stressful actually,” singer Sam Forrest revealed. “It went on quite long, it took three and a half months which seemed a long time to us, but maybe that’s normal. It’s a bit of weird process, you can listen to a song too many times I think while you’re doing it.”

Speaking to NME.COM, he said: “There were six mixes of each song so it’s very confusing. I know all the parts are in the right place, and they sound good, and I know the songs are good so it should all come together, it’s great seeing that start to happen.”

Bloc Party are one of the bands playing the The NME New Music Tour inspired by Rizla in the spring.

Having given a leg-up to the likes of The Futureheads, Nine Black Alps and Kaiser Chiefs on The ShockWaves NME Awards Tour at the beginning of the year, The NME New Music Tour inspired by Rizla will see a host of new talent tour the country together.

With a revolving line-up featuring NME’s favourite new bands, this is a chance to catch the next wave of stars in intimate venues before they’re packing stadiums.

Joining Bloc Party on the tour are: Newcastle’s angular new wavers Maximo Park; the The Futureheads’s new favourite band [/a]; London’s urchin scensters [a]; noisy upstarts the Towers Of London, epic post-punks Battle and New Zealand’s hard rocking newcomers The Checks, who are leaving home for the first time to play these shows.

The dates are:

Norwich Waterfront – Maximo Park, The Cribs, The Checks (May 18)

Portsmouth Wedgewood – Maximo Park, Nine Black Alps, The Checks (19)

Gloucester Guildhall – Nine Black Alps, Maximo Park, The Checks (20)

Hull Silhouettes – Maximo Park, The Cribs, Towers Of London (21)

Leeds Cockpit – The Cribs, Nine Black Alps, The Checks (22)

Northampton Roadmenders – Maximo Park, Nine Black Alps, The Rakes (23)

Bristol Fleece – Nine Black Alps, The Rakes, The Vega Method (24)

London Garage – Towers OF London, The Checks (24)

Brighton Concorde – The Rakes, Nine Black Alps, The Checks (25)

Nottingham Rock City – Towers OF London, The Cribs, Battle (28)

Manchester Roadhouse – Towers OF London, The Cribs, Battle (30)

Birmingham Academy 2 – The Cribs, Towers Of London, Battle (31)

Tickets are exclusively availabe from NME Tickets until April 15, after which they go general sale.

To buy tickets now [url=]go to NME Tickets or call them on 0870 1 663 663.

For more information on the tour and all the bands involved see next week’s issue of NME out in London on April 19, and nationwide the following day.