Indie titans return

Friendly Fires have decided to name their second album 'Pala' with a Spring release date planned.

Releasing their debut album in 2008, Friendly Fires shifted from a cult indie group into a mainstream success. Given a Mercury nomination, the album blended anthemic songwriting with electronic beats.

At times bordering on shoegaze euphoria, Friendly Fires enjoyed massive success. Returning with the one off single 'Kiss Of Life' the band then decided to hide themselves away and work on their second album.

Surrounded in rumour, Friendly Fires have broken cover to name their new album. 'Pala' is due to be released later this Spring, with the name being inspired by a novel written by the English author Aldous Huxley.

Speaking to the NME, singer Ed MacFarlane revealed that recording took place in a French cottage. Both Paul Epworth and Andrew Weatherall were used for the sessions, with the final tracklisting yet to be decided.

"I just kept working, all day and into the night," he said. "After three weeks I was getting cabin fever but I had to focus, because the songs needed to get written".

"Did I feel under pressure from the rest of the band? Yeah, just a bit" singer Ed MacFarlane revealed.

The band have yet to debut the new material in a live environment, although a performance at The Great Escape has been confirmed. Friendly Fires are set to release their second album in late Spring, with a number of guest musicians rumoured.

The singer confirmed to the NME that Holy Ghost's Alex Frankel appears on the record with other collaborations rumoured.

Friendly Fires are due to release their second album in late Spring.

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