STIPE MAKING SENSE!

The follow-up to 'Up' is on the way...

REM have finally finished their “lush, atmospheric and melodic” new album and are now looking towards a release date of April or May.

According to manager Bertis Down they are now in the final stages of mixing and sequencing before producer Pat McCarthy – the man also behind 1998’s ‘Up’ – masters the finished copy.

“It is difficult to describe in words the sound of this record, but I’ll stick with my original thoughts of ‘lush, atmospheric, and melodic’, he said on a posting on REM’s official website [url=]www.remhq.com. “After repeated listenings I would add things like ‘layered’ and ‘dynamic’. But I should just quit this futile effort and say I think you’ll enjoy it in a few months – likely an April or May release.”

Explaining how much the band enjoyed making the album, he went on:

“We worked on it in three primary segments – early summer in Vancouver, summer turning to fall in Dublin, and the month of November in Miami. All along the way, there were stops in Athens for certain bits of recording. All in all, a great year for REM, doing what Michael, Peter and Mike most enjoy – making records with good friends – and we now can’t wait ’til it comes out.”

The band are heading for a Christmas break before their live appearance at the Rock In Rio event in January.