frontman Simon Neil
has discussed the new songs he has been writing, saying he has been experimenting with beatboxing, black metal and "stoner-reggae."
The band, who will headline this year's T in the Park
festival in their native Scotland, speaks exclusively to NME
, discussing plans for their new album. Neil says that he has a number of songs written and that the band have begun recording demos. "I've written about 14 songs,"
says Neil. "I'm really f--king excited about it at the moment. I don't want people to think the whole album sounds like this, but I've written my first ever beatbox song, and I've written a black metal pop song which I can't wait for people to hear. There's also some cool stoner reggae sh-t going on, believe it or not. It's really exciting."
Last month (April) the band played an intimate show at Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut to celebrate the relaunch of XFM
in Scotland, for audience of just 200 competition winners. The band's 15-song acoustic set made room for some of their biggest hits, including "Stingin' Belle
" – restyled as a country-rock stomper – and "Folding Stars
." But perhaps more notable were the smattering of rarities, including B-sides "Little Soldiers
," "The Rain
" and "Breatheher
," plus one previously-unreleased track titled "Here Come the Naturals
," which received its live debut.