R.E.M‘s new album – due out in the UK on October 26 – is called ‘Up’.
The album will be the band’s eleventh studio effort and the first without drummer Bill Berry on board. Beck drummer Joey Waronker participated in the San Francisco sessions along with Screaming Trees percussionist Barrett Martin and Young Fresh Fellows guitarist Scott McCaughey.
The album’s co-producer is Pat McCarthy, who’s worked with U2, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers and Luna and who was an engineer on Madonna’s ‘Ray Of Light’ album. High Llamas’ producer Charlie Francis engineered the ‘Up’ sessions.
REM’s UK spokesperson was offering few fresh details on the album today, claiming it was too early for the band’s publicity plans. Several REM fan sites on the web, however, are claiming ‘Up’ features 14 new tracks, including those the band played at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington in June – ‘Parakeet’, ‘Airplane Man’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Sad Professor’. Other new song titles are thought to include ‘Lotus’, ‘Daysleeper’, at ‘My Most Beautiful’ and ‘Hope’.
The spokesperson did confirm that REM are coming to London in late October for promotional duties around ‘Up’. A rumour that the band were planning a two-night stand in a tiny club was strenuously denied by the spokesperson, however, who added there were no plans for the band to play anywhere whilst in the UK. REM famously promoted their 1991 album ‘Out Of Time’ with gigs under the pseudonym Bingo Hand Job at London’s minuscule Borderline bar.