The xx refuse to commit to following up their Mercury Prize-winning album

Band say they will be creative, but 'there's no plan for a new album'

The xx refuse to be rushed into writing a follow-up to their debut album – and won’t even confirm they’ll be making one at all.

Fresh from winning the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their self-titled release, the band told NME they plan to take time off before even considering writing a new album.

“There is no plan to even put out a second album,” suggested Oliver Sim. “There’s just a plan to start being creative again, with no big intentions.”

However, the band implied it was unlikely that their debut was the last thing the world will ever hear of them.

“I do enjoy songwriting,” explained the bassist. “I think we’re going to do it [a second album]. I suppose what I mean is, we’re going to write and record just for the love of it, even if we didn’t do anything with it.”

For the full interview, including the band’s reaction to winning, how their success has changed their lives and their plans for the future, get this week’s issue of NME on UK newsstands now, or available digitally worldwide right now.