The band go into the studio later this month, but the album is not likely to be released until 2002...

THE FLAMING LIPS are to enter a recording studio later this month to start work on the follow-up to ‘THE SOFT BULLETIN’.

According to a posting on the band’s official website, [url=], the band will enter Tarbox Road studios in Cassadaga, New York, on February 28 with Mercury Rev’s Dave Fridmann as producer. Fridmann, who also produced ‘The Soft Bulletin’, will stay in the studio with the band until March 12.

It is unlikely the as-yet-untitled record will be released before the start of 2002, because “the band figure on working long and hard on this one, as per ‘The Soft Bulletin'”.

In other news, The Flaming Lips’ soundtrack to a film on catfish fishing called ‘Okie Noodling’, directed by the group’s friend Brad Beesley will receive its premiere at this year’s South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas in mid-March.

Beesley has worked with the band on numerous promotional videos, and also directed a short film on the band entitled ‘The Flaming Lips Have Landed’.

Bands confirmed to play at the SXSW Arts Festival 2001 include The Black Crowes, Elbow, Idlewild and Mogwai.