NEW ‘PHONICS PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO! gives you the lowdown on the Welsh rockers' eagerly-awaited follow-up to Performance And Cocktails...

STEREOPHONICS are preparing to go into the studio to work on their new album, the follow-up to last year’s ‘PERFORMANCE AND COCKTAILS’, can reveal.

Speaking exclusively in this week’s NME, out today (May 16), bass player Richard Jones said the as-yet-untitled record is slated to come out in April 2001 with a single to be released in February.

New song titles include ‘Nice To Be Out’ and ‘Lying In The Sun’, a song the band debuted on their last UK tour.

Richard said: “It’s going really well. We’ve probably got about seven or eight songs ready now and we’re going into the studio to record them very soon.

“The way we’re writing at the moment, the lyrics are still coming through strong so we want to do a couple more riff-y songs as well.

“Like the last album but the quiet songs have more lyrics in them now where on the second album we had quite a few choruses in with the slow songs. There’s a lot more lyrics so probably the songs will be a little bit longer as well. It’s going really well. We’re really pleased.”

Meanwhile, Stereophonics make a return to the stage at the Carling Weekend festival at Reading (August 27) and Leeds (26).

Richard commented: “We’re on the rock day on Sunday! Blink 182 and Rage Against The Machine are there! Slipnkot and Limp Bizkit!

“We’ll probably have our full, flared outfits on and go back to our early Jimmy Page days! Ah, it’ll be a good day and I’m looking forward to seeing Rage Against The Machine.”

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