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Placebo feel pre-album 'jitters'
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The new Placebo line-up with 22-year-old Californian drummer Steven Forrest

Placebo singer Brian Molko has admitted to feeling a little nervous over the impending release of their sixth studio album Battle For The Sun.

The band recently completed sessions with Tool producer Dave Bottrill in Toronto before mixing finished up in London with Alan Moulder.

"I'm quietly confident but somewhat insecure," he said.

"We're in this strange limbo period right now where you finish a record and start bigging it up around the world."

He continued: "It's kind of disjointed in your mind and it's not really until you start playing it live and you actually see the amount of people who show up, you see if people are still interested."

It's been three years since the trio released their last album Meds, pushing Placebo through a turbulent period which resulted in long time drummer Steve Hewitt quitting the band over "musical and personal differences".

The chemistry in the band is much more playful now
Brian Molko on Placebo

"Before we made this record, we were coming out of a what we call a 'divorce' which was preceded by a dark and depressing phase," Molko revealed.

"Personal relationships within the band were falling apart."

Since the Cheshire sticksman's departure, the trio have recruited bleach blonde drummer Steven Forrest into the camp.

"The chemistry is much more playful," Molko argued.

"Now that Steve's with us, it's a bit like having a little brother that you can push around a little bit but it's all out of love.

The first single to be lifted from the record is the guitar heavy, horn driven For What It's Worth.

"We used a few soul divas on this song and we incorporated them into a lot of five part harmonies on the record," Molko explained of the track, which was recently premiered on Zane Lowe's show.

"One of them used to be in (acid jazz group) Galliano and the other did a lot of work with Jamiroquai. So they're really experienced and fantastic singers.

"As for the horns, we simply decided to use these things because we haven't done that in the past.

"That's what sort of motivates us a great deal. We want to try everything we can not to repeat ourselves and each time we make a record, push the boundaries."

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Placebo performing at T In The Park in 2006

The 13 track album also features Kitty Litter, Kings Of Medicine, Devil In The Details and Ashtray Hert - the band's original moniker before they changed it to Placebo.

The trio, who are celebrating their 15th anniversary, are set to return to Glastonbury and Reading Festival later this summer.

"Something always goes wrong technically when we play Reading," Molko said.

"Last time we played there we had to walk offstage for about 15 minutes because our equipment broke down.

"There's been a whole series of things that have happened to us there.

"But seeing the (Smashing) Pumpkins, Nirvana, Hole, Bjork and Foo Fighters for the first time was really exciting and seeing a lot of famous people before we were famous in varying states of inebriation was fun."

Battle For The Sun is released in the UK on June 8.

Placebo were speaking to Newsbeat music reporter Greg Cochrane.



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