NME.COM has the lowdown on the group's comeback...

REM’s new single is to be called ‘LEAVING NEW YORK’, NME.COM can reveal.

The track will be released on September 27, with the as-yet untitled album following on October 4.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the album, the band’s 13th studio effort, will be hugely influenced by the “current state of the world”, according to singer Michael Stipe.

Stipe said that world events are having a “profound impact” on his writing style.

He told Rolling Stone: “This isn’t a downer of a record. Even the most depressing REM song is going to have a glimmer of hope in it. That’s just me, I can’t help myself. But there’s some stuff on here that’s pretty hardcore, and fairly political.

“At this time, as an American, I feel like the angriest pacifist in the world, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. It’s not an easy time to live through.”

One of the songs confirmed for inclusion on the follow-up to 2001’s ‘Reveal’ is ‘Final Straw’, a protest song the band made available for download last year while the US were at war with Iraq.

Other working titles for the songs include ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Make It All Ok’ and ‘I’m Gonna DJ’.

The band have confirmed there will be a world tour in support of the record, likely to kick off in the US in the late autumn.