The band's new album is nearly with us - and they will be hitting the road this year too...

REM have revealed that their new album will be out before the end of the year.

In a statement on the band’s official website, it’s been revealed that they have finished recording at their Compass Point studio in Nassau, and that they are about to begin mixing the tracks for the follow-up to 2001’s ‘Reveal’.

The statement reads: “We are about finished with the work here and will be heading across the water to Miami for the final phase of recording and mixing. Compass Point has been a wonderful place to work, and the songs and sounds have really been flowing the past few weeks. I have lost count but suffice it to say there are many, many more songs needed for a CD’s worth.

“They are making a very cool record with a lot of things that sound nothing like them, plenty of things that do, and a strong sense of melody throughout. If you are already an REM fan, I cannot imagine you not liking this one; if you aren’t a fan, maybe you will be when you hear it.”

Tracks expected to appear on the album include: ‘On The Fly’, ‘The Outsiders’, ‘Leaving New York’, ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Electron Blue’, ‘Aftermath’ ,‘Magnetic North’, ‘Make It All OK’, ‘Weatherman’ and ‘I’m Gonna DJ’

The band, who toured Europe and North America in 2003, also unveiled their touring plans: “We are aiming for a fall release with concert dates to follow soon thereafter.” The statement continues, “We have been talking about touring plans and will be able to announce something fairly soon. As promised before, some new places and some familiar ones. It will be quite a year from the looks of it, and we can’t wait.”