The band want to let Tim Burgess press on with solo plans - but they have finished seven tracks for the follow-up to 'Wonderland'...

THE CHARLATANS have recorded seven tracks for their new album – but have put things on hold to allow singer TIM BURGESS to concentrate on his solo record.

The band have been busy writing and recording the follow-up to 2001’s ‘Wonderland’ in their Big Mushroom Studios in Cheshire, with one track being mixed by the band’s old pals and collaborators The Chemical Brothers. But, according to bassist Martin Blunt, the band are not going to return to the record until later in the year, when Burgess has finished touring and promoting his own record.

Blunt told XFM: “Things are going amazingly well, it’s started very strong. The recordings are another big step on from ‘Wonderland’. The Chemical Brothers have already mixed one of the songs which is earmarked for a single called ‘Feel The Pressure’.

“Another song, ‘Try Again Today’, is also a possible single, although there are no immediate plans for a single release. We have decided to continue writing through the summer allowing Tim to release his album and promote it and then come back to the band later in the year fully focused on The Charlatans.

“Tim’s stuff sounds great but its very different to the way the next Charlatans

album will sound. He has wanted to make a solo album for a couple of years and the rest of us all wish him the best of luck.”

The Charlatans expect to release their new album early in 2004, and will preview some of the new material .at the Move Festival at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on July 12 and T in the Park on July 13.

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As previously announced on NME.COM, Tim Burgess will make his live solo debut at the V Festival over the weekend of August 17-18 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Stafford.

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