Stereophonics to collaborate with Tinie Tempah and Labrinth on two new albums

Singer Kelly Jones is also putting out a film

Stereophonics are set to release two new albums, and a film written by Kelly Jones is also on the way.

The first of two, as yet untitled, albums is out in October and the second will be released around 18 months later. They will follow the band’s eighth studio effort, 2009’s ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’.

Frontman Kelly Jones told The Daily Star: “Last year was the first time in 14 years that we didn’t tour, and it’s meant the new records don’t sound like anything we’ve done before.” He added:

We’ve had time to just go into our own studio and mess about, and it’s resulted in a bigger sounding style, very grand and filmic.

The albums could also feature collaborations with Tinie Tempah and Labrinth, according to Jones: “I’ve been talking to Tinie about doing something together. We’re up for it – it’s just finding the time that’s been a problem. Labrinth is a properly talented guy too. He’s been saying he wants to work with me, and I’d love to.”

Jones will also release a film to coincide with the release of the second album. “It’s about two kids from a small town who run away and end up in the middle of Europe,” he said. “After that, it all goes a bit… well, you’ll have to wait for the film.”

Stereophonics will play four intimate warm-up shows before their set at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Concert in Hyde Park in July with Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini and Snow Patrol.

The band will kick off at Llandudno Venue Cymru on July 22, followed by dates at Derby Assembly Rooms, Grimsby Auditorium and finally Cambridge Corn Exchange.

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