Mark E Smith of The Fall has spoken about The Fall's forthcoming new album, which he says he'd like to release in January of next year. He said: "We've been in The Kinks' studio for a fortnight... The improvement in the group is marvellous - they're just tighter and better. We're actually just finishing off the next record. I haven't got a title for it yet but we are thinking about a January release."
He added that he’s seen more and more young people showing up at Fall shows of late, saying: "There are a lot of younger people in the audiences these days. You've got the old guard and the young guard, I think a lot of it has to do with computers and getting music that way."
He continued: "The crowds are great though. We went to Sweden - and they hate our fucking guts there - but even that was all right. I don't know though, it doesn't bother me at all who is there. I don't fucking care who comes."
Meanwhile in some more widely publicised news, Smith spoke about his issues with Mumford and Sons. According to NME.com, the iconic frontman initially bad-mouthed them two years ago at a festival in Dublin whilst they were enjoying a backstage sing-a-long.
This seems to match a story Smith told a couple of years ago: "We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week," he told Australian magazine Brag. "There was this other group warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible."
He added: "I said, 'Shut them cunts up,' and they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The band said, 'That's the Sons Of Mumford [sic] or something, they're Number Five in charts!'. I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers."