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New R.E.M. Album Progressing, Out Within A Year
A new R.E.M. album can be expected within a year, according to the band’s manager, Bertis Downs.
Downs, the manager and general counsel for the group, said work has started up again on the band’s 12th album, the follow up to 2001’s Reveal.
Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills began new songs in their home base of Athens, Georgia, and more recently, spent time in studio in Vancouver.
“The guys plan to work in bursts on this record–a few weeks here, somewhere warmer in the winter, different in the spring, possibly some shows next summer,” Downs said. “All should result in a new disc, available in a panoply of formats in a matter of months (more likely a year or so).”
“Peter, Mike, and Michael are doing great individually and collectively, and all seem supercharged to be back in the studio, writing, playing, trying things out, getting sounds,” the message said. R.E.M. has been working with engineer/producers Pat McCarthy and Jamie Candiloro.
Downs also offered his own tour book view of Vancouver. “October everywhere is a pretty spectacular time of year, it seems especially crisp, cool, and vivid in British Columbia right about now. It’s sort of like Seattle if Seattle was in Europe–very cosmopolitan–a true melting pot of cultures, and a wonderful city to explore on foot. Anyway…they’re off, early days, but good vibes about the next one.”