Recently reunited Melbournites Underground Lovers have announced they will be releasing a new album next year, marking the first new music from the band since 1999.
Mess and Noise reports that the album, without a title at present, should come out in the middle of next year. In an interview with M&N, founding band member Glenn Bennie said that songs have been written and the recording process has begun.
“Undies have written about 11 new songs and have done some basic tracking of about five new tracks,” said Bennie. “We want to record by the end of the year and release mid-2012. We’re waiting for confirmation on label and distribution.”
The sessions see the band in tandem with producer Wayne Connolly, who also worked on their albums Leaves Me Blind, Rushall Station and Dream It Down. The last studio album was 1999’s Cold Feeling.
Underground Lovers formed in 1990 thanks to Bennie and friend Vincent Giarrusso. While never really making significant breakthroughs commercially, the band were a seminal act on the Melbourne electro/experimental scene in the nineties and many bands today owe them a debt.
The group first split in 2002 after supporting New Order on an Australian tour, although the original line-up did reform in 2009 to play several concerts in support of the digital reissue of their back catalogue.
A new compilation, Wonderful Things, spanning the band’s whole career has also been in the works for some time now, and it would be no surprise should a national tour be announced to coincide with the new album.