The band respond to split rumours...

THE CHARLATANS’ have insisted they still have a future – despite revelations frontman TIM BURGESS has started work on a solo album in LA.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Tim has now started work on a solo album with a country-rock feel. He has hooked up with little known American singer-songwriter Linus Of Hollywood and psychedelic alt-country outfit Beechwood Sparks.

As a result, there had been rumours circulating recently that one of the biggest bands of the last ten years were finally going to call it a day. After seven studio albums – their last was 2001’s ‘Wonderland’ – NME.COM understands that Tim Burgess wanted to take an extended break from the band.

However, the group have issued a statement on the band’s official website, in an attempt to “clarify the situation”.

It reads: “The Charlatans are not about to split. Tim has been working on his solo project in LA – all the band members do various other things in their time away from The Charlatans. Tony has recently completed some production work for Moco and Jon was also involved in the Preacher Man cover of ‘Peaches’ and has worked with Heidi Berry in the past.

“All this has no bearing whatsoever on the next Charlatans record, for which demoing will begin in January. We are also looking at limited live dates, scheduled for next year, and there will be a new single and an album.”