Suede scrap new material and return to studio with mid-’90s producer

Brett Anderson suggests new tracks could be revealed during Hop Farm headline set

Suede have scrapped the majority of the material their aired at their comeback gigs last year – and have returned to the studio with the man who produced their first four albums.

Ed Buller is now helming the album, which will be the reunited Britpop band’s first in over a decade. Writing on the band’s Facebook page, singer Brett Anderson said that the they had been “merrily chipping away at the huge block of raw stone that is, whisper it, the new Suede album” and posted a picture of them together. He added:

What does it sound like? Oh! I don’t know, probably like some artist on some drug, engaged in a game of quoits with some other artist on another drug, you can adopt your own journalistic cliche if you haven’t grown up yet.

Anderson also revealed the titles of some of the new tracks: “Titles? Hmmmm… ‘Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away’, ‘For The Strangers’, ‘It Starts And Ends With You’ amongst others.”

He also said that some of the new material showcased at a gig in December 2011 was been discarded: “The proto-proto-proto type version that we were fumbling around with towards the end of last year is very dead so apart from ‘Sabotage’, don’t get attached to any of those songs from Russia cos it’s very unlikely anyone will ever hear them again.”

Anderson has previously said that unless the new Suede album was “amazing”, it would never be released.

Buller worked on the band’s 1993 self-titled debut, along with follow-ups ‘Dog Man Star’ and ‘Coming Up’. The band opted to work with producer Steve Osborne and Bruce Lampcov on 1999’s poorly-received ‘Head Music’. They split in 2003, the year after the release of their last album ‘A New Morning’, which also didn’t feature Buller’s production.

Suede will headline this year’s Hop Farm Festival along with Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel.

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