The band plan to start work on fresh material as soon as they finish their current world tour...

RADIOHEAD plan to spend summer 2004 working on new songs – but intend to “have fun” rather than work towards a deadline to finish a new album.

Radiohead start out on a European tour today (November 10) in Germany, the first date on the final European leg of shows supporting their current album ’Hail To The Thief’.

Speaking in Scotland On Sunday magazine, bassist Colin Greenwood said that next year, following a brief tour of Japan and Australia, the group will start working on their next record. But they’re going to avoid putting any pressure on themselves to deliver an album quickly.

He said: “We’ll finally finish in the spring. Then we’ll work on songs. The plan is try to record for the sake of the songs rather than the sake of an album – no deadline or anything, just having fun.”

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