The band who bring the noise to the masses with their love of underground alt rock from Riot Grrl to noisenik and yet have the knack of writing songs that combine this with a UK post Britpop anthemic sensibility and make it work have suddenly found this apparent dichotomy was pulling them apart creatively and have run with it with their punk side being recorded by the legendary Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago.
Gary Jarman told NME:
“I feel like there’s two sides to the band – a punk rock side and a poppy side – and we’ve always tried to balance them. The idea this time is to let them exist separately as different records.”
The pop project, meanwhile, will be recorded in Portland, Oregon later this year. “The songs don’t have names yet, but there are two in particular I’m really into,” Jarman continues. “I really think one of them is a pop smash. And there’s one that’s all fuzz bass and geek-rock style synth lines.”