Singer Brett Anderson revealed to the NME that Suede are working on the follow-up to 2013’s Bloodsports.
He told the NME: ‘We’re busy writing at the moment. I’m very proud of Bloodsports, and the best thing about it is that it showed us that we can write new music, and relevant new music.’ That boost of confidence has been a major factor in the band’s continued plans. ‘We want to carry on writing and pushing forward, so we’re taking it somewhere else now. I think it’ll be out next year, as we’re just writing at the moment, so realistically it will be next year.’
Roger Daltrey selected Suede to return to the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual series of gigs. On Saturday, March 30, the band will mark the twentieth anniversary of the release of their second album, Dog Man Star, by playing it in its entirety (tickets on sale now). Suede’s first reunion gig was at the Royal Albert Hall in honor of Teenage Cancer Trust in 2010. It was a pivotal moment for the band that inspired them to tour again, and, eventually, record last year’s comeback record.
Anderson recalls the importance of Suede’s 2010 Teenage Cancer Trust show. ‘That was our comeback show. We hadn’t played for seven or eight years, and, as a result, it was a very emotional night. The Albert Hall is a special venue, too; I’ve got a lot of great memories of that place from down the years. Lots of elements like that made for an amazing show, and if I had to choose my favourite show from 25 years of playing live, it would be that one.’
‘I remember coming off stage and seeing Roger Daltrey. I asked him what he thought, and he said, ‘It was great. A bit loud, though.’ So, if Roger Daltrey is saying a show was loud, that’s quite an achievement. This time we’re doing Dog Man Star, and part of the reason is the twentieth anniversary, another part is that the 2010 show was so good we shouldn’t try to top it by doing the same thing again.’
Dog Man Star was Suede’s final recording with guitarist Bernard Butler. When asked to reflect on the album and the troubled relations between Butler and the band during its recording, Anderson says, ‘It’s hard for me to listen to in places because it does remind me of fights we were having, but it’s a beautiful record, dramatic and heartfelt…You don’t see an album with any perspective when you release it, but I suppose if twenty years later you still thought a record that’s actually shit was very good, then there’d be something slightly crazy about you.’ And, for those speculating about whether Butler will make an appearance at the concert, Anderson has said no. ‘I don’t think he wants to come back. He’s happy doing what he’s doing.’