Speaking to a Russian radio show, Johnny Greenwood has confirmed that Radiohead have finished their ninth album and hope to tour next year. Greenwood said: "We have finished recording of the new album but we keep reevaluating the work we’ve done. We hope we’ll get it right soon, and after that we’ll start planning the next year’s tour.”
Speaking to Billboard, St. Lucia have confirmed they have finished their sophomore album. Details are forthcoming as to when it will be released and titled.
Damon Albarn spoke to Rolling Stone about a plethora of things including the new Gorillaz album. Albarn said that the record is in the very early stages and mentioned: "That’s next year. I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well. I’m very excited. So far, it's really fast, and it's got quite a lot of energy. I've been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that."
Albarn, who is with Blur in North America, said that he has a love / hate relationship with performing in the band. He said: "I still try to avoid it like the plague, to be honest with you. But something weird happens once I've stepped onstage: I just have the best time. And then as soon as we get off, I say, "Never again." It's very strange. There has to be some sort of psychological paper that explains that emotion of trying to not do something; and then doing it, and then loving it; and then as soon as you've done it, trying not to do it again. I sort of forget sometimes that I did all that work, all those years ago. But then we have such a fine time onstage — it has a very emotional undercurrent, but it's also fun and silly and noisy. That's a fantastic recipe, to have all of those elements colliding into each other."
At a concert in Nashville over the weekend, Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey got emotional talking about his band and that it is unclear if they will ever release music again and that it might be their final show for a while. He said: "I’m gonna have a new daughter. We’ll hopefully have a record for you. I wanna tell you right here and now, this isn’t gonna last much longer, but it’s been so special for so long. For as long as it does last, we're so grateful to you all for being here."
Take a look at the whole five-minute speech here: