It'll sound like... U2

U2 are reportedly close to completing their new studio album.

Love them or loathe them, U2 can't really be ignored. The Irish outfit remain one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, more than 30 years after their first single emerged blinking into the world.

2009's 'No Line On The Horizon' remains the band's most recent release, but the past 12 months have witnessed some feverish studio activities from the Irish legends.

Breaking cover, U2 bass player Adam Clayton spoke to 98FM recently and revealed a few secrets about the band's new album. "I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years" he said. "It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid."

"We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas."

During the same interview, The Edge paid tribute to the influence of the band's fans. "We always try to bring out something different, every time we’re in the studio. But it’s the fans who decide that really."

U2 took part in recording sessions at New York's Electric Ladyland studios earlier this year, with Coldplay's Chris Martin spotted popping into the building. Was he contributing vocal parts or simply sitting down for a rock star pow-wow with Bono? Time will tell...

Check out a Clash feature on U2's back catalogue from our archive HERE.

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