Bobby Gillespie tells NME.COM that the band are set to play the Far East...

PRIMAL SCREAM have started work on their new album, and will tour JAPAN later this year, NME.COM can reveal.

Speaking to NME.COM earlier in the week, frontman Bobby Gillespie said that although so far unconfirmed, the band’s first live shows of 2001 will take place in the Far East in late July and August.

When asked how 2001 had been for Primal Scream so far, Gillespie replied: “Great! We just started the new record and it’s sounding good. So far it’s different [to ‘Exterminator’]… we’ve just started and we can never tell. Things change.

“Hopefully we’re going to play in August. We’re going to Japan, which is good because I’m looking forward to playing again.”

However, he said the band have no plans to play in the UK in the immediate future. He continued: “We just want to make another record. We played a lot last year and I think you can overdo it by playing too much. But I’d sure love to play again [soon].”

The new Primal Scream album is expected before the end of 2001.