The Streets have revealed that their new album will be called ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’.
The album, due for release on April 11, is also loosely based on Mike Skinner’s life after the success of 2004’s ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’.
“It isn’t a narrative,” Skinner told NME. “But to be honest I don’t think I could write an album without feeling like there are plots going on. Actually this album is a true story. After ’A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ I was like, ‘What am I going to write about?’ I can’t moan I’ve got no money any more, but then it gradually dawned on me that my life is so crazy! You’d never believe some of the stuff that’s happened to me along the way in countries far away.”
Skinner spent the summer recording his third album at home and then he went to New York in October to finish the tracks. He worked with an engineer who would email over the sounds Skinner requested and The Streets frontman would put the pieces of the record together.
Skinner revealed that he wanted Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani to appear on the new album. He said: “I’ve spoken to loads of people – it could prove difficult. Maybe on the next album we’ll do it, but it’s definitely an idea I’d like to pursue.”
He also revealed some unlikely influences. “I love The Smiths, but to me it all sounds quite similar – I want to be more like The Who. Every album I make I want to move the sound on. The first one was grungey garage, the second was really slow and dark. This album is going to be a bit more polished and bit faster, hopefully exciting.”