NME.COM gets the lowdown on the follow-up to 'Who Killed The Zutons?'...

The Zutons have announced that they have already written ten songs for their second album.

Drummer Sean Payne has given NME.COM the inside story on the follow up to the Scouse five-piece’s debut album, ‘Who Killed The Zutons?’.

He said: “We’ve started about ten songs or something like that at the moment. There is one of the songs which we are playing at the moment which we might include called ‘Weekend Scrub’. It’s about going out at the weekend and trying too hard to get birds.

“It’s quite a rocking track really. It’s kind of like old style R&B and kind of rock. It’s a good track though. I like it.”

Despite missing out recently on the Mercury Music Prize, Payne believes that the band’s nomination has boosted record sales of their debut album. “I think the Mercury Music Prize has helped us really,” he explained. “I think it has given us a higher profile and it was nice to play a song on TV.

I think playing the festivals over the summer and the Mercury nomination boosted album sales for us because it went back into the Top 20. That was amazing. We were in America when that happened and we’d just played all the festivals so as soon as we heard it had gone back in, we thought fucking hell! We were made up.”

The band have now rescheduled their tour for December following the postponement of the remainder of their UK and Irish dates this week (October 25).

The dates will now take place in December. All original tickets are still valid for the rescheduled shows.

The dates in Belfast and Dublin have been moved to different venues.

The group also play two dates supporting Muse at London Earl’s Court on December 19&20 following their homecoming gigs at the Liverpool Royal Court.

The tour dates now stand:

Dublin Ambassador (December 11)

Derry Nerve Centre (12)

Belfast Spring & Airbrake (13)

London Shepherds Bush Empire (15)

Liverpool Royal Court (17,18)

Cambridge Junction (21)

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