The band aim to release the follow-up to ’Final Straw’ next year…

Snow Patrol have revealed that they will start recording their next album in the spring and aim to release the follow-up to this year’s ’FINAL STRAW’ by autumn 2005.

The band are currently on tour in the US until December and singer Gary Lightbody said that life of the road means the group have not been able to write enough material yet for the LP.

He said: “We have maybe ten new songs. But we don’t start an album without 40, so we’re not anywhere near that yet.”

Lightbody also admitted that he finds it tough to write new songs while being on tour, explaining; “I can’t do it. I got wind that Franz Ferdinand have basically finished their new album and I was kind of green with envy, I have to say. If there’s a UK band that had toured (the United States) more than us lately, it’s Franz Ferdinand. Whenever we do get the odd few days off in Glasgow or Belfast, we try to do a wee bit of writing. But after you’ve done your washing and paid your bills, you really just want to sit in front of the TV!”

Taking to Billboard, the frontman also spoke out about trying to break America, saying: “Most British bands approach touring here with the wrong attitude. Coldplay toured and toured and toured. U2 basically came and lived here and worked so hard that it really paid off. That model is really the only model you can work from. If you’re prepared to come and put in the time, people respect that. You can make fans for life here. People only really get to appreciate a band when they can see them face to face.”

[a][/a] are enjoying success Stateside with ’Final Straw’ peaking at Number Five on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The record has sold 115,000 in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.