the band had finished recording sessions on their new LP. "I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds," he said. "It's like a mix of 'Youth & Young Manhood' and 'Because Of The Times'."
Since then, the bassist has also told fans that the record would be "more musically complicated" than their previous efforts. In a Q+A with fans on Twitter last month (May 27), he also said the "vibe" of the record could be compared to their first two albums - 2003's debut LP 'Youth And Young Manhood' and 2004's follow-up 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' - but that the songs sounded like a "culmination" of all their previous work.
Before the album is released, the band will headline this summer's V festival. Taking place over the weekend of August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, the two-day event will see the band take to the main stage along with Beyoncé – which will be her only European festival appearance this year.NME
They will also play shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in June and July, staring at London's O2 Arena on June 12 and 13 before playing Manchester Arena on June 24 and 25. The tour then runs to Birmingham's LG Arena on July 9-10