Elbow have been speaking about their forthcoming fifth album.
The Manchester five-piece have already begun working on the follow up to last year's Mercury prize winning LP The Seldom Seen Kid.
The album, which is yet to be titled, is expected to be released in late 2009.
Bassist Pete Turner said: "On all of our albums the first track is always a bit of a slow builder but the next one we want to kick in with a punch."
Following last September's Mercury Prize victory the band admit that this time there will be the added weight of expectation.
"There is [pressure]," said Turner. "I think we're up there for a little bit of a taking down almost - for us it means we'll work a little bit harder."
The band revealed that instead of entering the studio without any songs written - as they have on previous sessions - this time they will be more organised.
"It's nice to start out with a plan - we're planning out the album before we've written it really," added Turner. "Trying to give it a name and ideas towards the songs."
One idea is to begin the new record with an explosive opening.
"We want to start the album off with a song that is just, 'Bash' and goes on from it," said keyboardist Craig Potter.
"On all of our albums the first track is always a bit of a slow builder of a track but the next one we want to kick in with a punch right from the very beginning," he explained.
"On all of our albums the first track is always a bit of a slow builder of a track but the next one we want to kick in with a punch right from the very beginning"
They've also looked to their friends for inspiration this time round.
Potter: "We kind of looked at all these people who we absolutely love just to sort of go, 'This is the direction we want, or this is the mood we want here'.
"We've been looking at our favourite bands and songwriters and saying 'That's how we'll go'."
Despite the pressure, like the time they spent on The Seldom Seen Kid they're not looking to rush their fifth studio offering.
"We're not that busy," laughed Turner. "We don't work hard - we think we work hard by doing a four hour day."
Potter: "We could have rattled the album off in a couple of weeks but we're just like, 'Three hour day or a four hour day?' I've got to go home I'm knackered - we're getting away with murder."
The band have also recorded a cover of U2's Running To Stand Still for a new Warchild album due out this year.
"It was a song that we've known since we were in our teens," said Potter. "When we were asked we know exactly what we wanted to do."
Apparently the version has been met with approval by the Dublin mega-band.
"We've heard they like it," said Turner.
The band have also announced they'll release a box set of their recently recorded session with the BBC concert orchestra at London's Maida Vale studios in early March.