Manic Street Preachers are currently in Spain, making their new album with long-time collaborator Dave Eringa at the mixing desk.
The follow-up to 1998's 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' is tipped to be a return to the Manics' punk-rock roots. A source close to the Manics told NME: "From the stuff that they've done so far, it's just full-on punk. They're writing the songs as they go along 'cos they just want to make a rocky, punk album. But the record label haven't heard anything yet. They'd probably just send the stuff back and tell the boys to write some proper hits!"
Following their Manic Millennium gig at the end of last year, the Manics said they would take the rest of this year off to record a new album, so it's unlikely any new material will be heard before its slated release date in early 2001.
Earlier this year, the band were working in Rockfield Studios in Wales. It is not yet known who will produce the album. Mike Hedges, who worked on 'This Is My Truth... ', has just finished work on the new U2 album and is due to go into the studio with Travis.