The band recorded 'Old Ramon' two years ago - and then they split up...

RED HOUSE PAINTERS are to release their first new album in four years, ‘OLD RAMON’, in April via SUB POP.

A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM today, (January 23), that the record, the follow-up to ‘Songs For A Blue Guitar’, was originally recorded two years ago, but not released after their old label Supreme Recordings closed.

The album has a provisional release date of April 16 in the UK, although this is yet to be fully confirmed.

The album will be preceded by Painters’ frontman Mark Kozelek’s solo album of AC/DC covers, ‘What’s Next To The Moon’, released on March 5 via Badman Records.

Kozelek also appears as the bassist in the fictional band Stillwater in the forthcoming Cameron Crowe film ‘Almost Famous’. For a review of the film, and the true story of being an NME journalist, see this week’s NME, out in London today (January 23) and nationwide tomorrow.