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Portishead plan new material

Adrian Utley says they'll head back into the studio next year

  • 26/11/2010
  • Sinead Garvan

It's been nearly three years since Portishead released their last record Third but now they are itching to start writing again.  

"We're just finishing up some projects we've each got and then we'll look to start writing, a little bit separately and then together but it is pretty exciting.

"I think we're just gearing up to it, staring at each other a bit and getting ready to go," Adrian told 6 Music.

"We've definitely thought about it and have had discussions about where we're going and stuff, but it's kind of early days and I don't think any of us want to really hex it by putting too many rules on it, which we often do.

"I think we'll just start puking up stuff and see what it sounds like." he explained.

The Bristol based trio will be playing a number of shows while making their fourth studio album and Adrian believes that could help them create a different sound.

"We've never ever done that and I think it will feed into what we're writing and how we feel about ourselves.

"We tend to disappear into a studio for a long long time and sometimes it can get pretty dark which in a way is a part of the creative process, it's part of what makes us make the music we do, the kind of world we create around us.

"This is making it different, we'll be playing live shows around it that might have a good influence on it, I'm hoping that it does, I'm quite excited about the whole thing."

"I think we'll just start puking up stuff and see what it sounds like."

Adrian Utley, Portishead

Two of those shows will be ATP Festival's brand new sister event "I'll Be Your Mirror."

Portishead have been announced as the curators of the inaugural event taking place at Alexandra Palace in London on the 23rd and 24th of July next year.

So far they have secured Liars, Swans, the Books, DOOM, Beach House, as well as American hip-hop crew Company Flow, who are making their first UK appearance in a decade.

The trip hop group have experience of curating a festival, having presided over ATP in Minehead two years ago.

Adrian told us: "It's the most brilliant thing, you just think of who you would like and you just get in touch with them."

And it surely must be easier for them to ask bands to get involved rather than organisers: "I think it is," Adrian agrees.

"Because it is a more personal thing, it's not like festival promoters and agents, it comes straight from us, if they are in to us then it's pretty likely they will do it."

Portishead played very few shows in support of their last record so next summer's gigs won't be too different from them.

"There will possibly be a couple of extra tracks, certainly one extra track but because we'll be in the middle of doing a new record, I doubt if we'll have any new tracks, it's not how we work.

"We hardly did any shows at all two years ago.

"We feel like a lot of people didn't really see it and we felt good about it, that involves lots of stuff from our last album and a few from our other albums, the whole thing was pretty cool we thought.

Tickets for I'll Be Your Mirror are on sale now.


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