Wilco to ‘start writing new album later this month’

Multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone reveals the group are starting work on the follow-up to 2009's 'Wilco (The Album)'

Wilco are going to begin writing a new album later this month.

The Chicago-based group are currently taking some time off after recently finishing a European tour and releasing ‘Wilco (The Album)’ in 2009.

“We’re taking a couple of weeks off,” Pat Sansone told the Los Angeles Times. “When I get back toward the end of [the] month, we’re getting back together to start working, to start the first writing sessions for the record. We’ve done a little bit of brainstorming, but the real work is going to begin at the end of [the] month.”

As previously reported, frontman Jeff Tweedy revealed that the group are still unsure how they will release the LP, speaking favourably about Radiohead‘s pay-what-you-want release of ‘In Rainbows’.

“I know some of the guys in Radiohead and talk to them, but our manager pays more attention to the[ir] business models than I do,” he admitted. “When Radiohead streamed their album and let people pay what they wanted, I thought that was similar to what we had been doing for years, but we didn’t take the money because we were on a major at the time; we ended up giving the money to charity.”

He added: “Everyone made a big deal of it, but it seemed like such a no-brainer to me. The record is going to leak anyway and people are going to download it at some point before it comes out [that] you might as well make something rather than make nothing.”