Portishead will start the new year right by working on material for a new album. It will be their fourth studio album and the follow up to the aptly titled "Third."
"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," said Adrian Utley when speaking to the BBC's 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.
To take a different approach, the band will also be playing live shows while writing new material, including their stop at All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror festival. Portishead is hoping that this will give them a different creative bent this time around, as it will provide a new range of influences.
"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."