You'll have to wait a bit longer for the follow-up to 'The Soft Bulletin'...

THE FLAMING LIPS hope to start the follow-up to ‘THE SOFT BULLETIN’ in March and have set to work on a series of new projects, including a film score for a documentary on catfishing!

The band have been on tour for over a year following the release of the critically acclaimed album, which was voted NME writers’ album of the year for 1999. However, speaking to US website [url=]www.sonicnet.com, Lips bassist Michael Ivins said they now have “ideas floating around” for new material. He said: “(Producer) Dave (Fridmann) called me in the van and said, ‘Why don’t we think about starting in March?’ I think that’s about as far as it’s gone. I know there’s songs and ideas floating around, but … when we’re on the road, we don’t take the guitars to the hotel and jam, or anything like that. When we’re touring, it’s just the show, the performance.”

Ivins also claimed the Lips plan to score the soundtrack to a film on catfish fishing called ‘Okie Noodling’, directed by the group’s close friend Brad Beesley. He said: “It wouldn’t be where you’d listen to it and go, ‘Oh, that’s the Flaming Lips’ – it would just be music that helps the movie, because I think when film music’s good, you don’t even hear it in a way. You know it’s there, but it just adds to the mood.”

A UK spokesperson for the band could not confirm the report, but said “nothing would surprise me”.