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Black Lips Wrap Up American Tour, Work on Fifth Album Due Late Summer

Atlanta modern rockers the Black Lips are already two recording sessions into their fifth studio album, which the group’s Ian Saint Pe says could be out by late summer or early fall.

“When will we be done? I’m hoping by June,” the guitarist said. “I’m hoping we can get the record out by the end of summer, September-October, when school gets back in. That’s my prediction.”

Saint Pe says the group held one session at its studio in Decatur, Ga. — which he says has been “a little more fine-tuned” than when the Lips made its last album, 2009’s “200 Million Thousand” — and another with Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt from Deerhunter producing. The band is planning another session for the Distillery in Costa Mesa, Calif., where it made its 2005 album “Let It Bloom.”

“They’ve been focused sessions,” Saint Pe says. “I’m already digging what we’ve got. I’ve read reviews where people say we haven’t changed, but, man, the wheel ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We do what we do. It’ll sound like a Black Lips record; I can’t say much more than that. It’s got garage stuff, punk stuff, a little of that Atlanta hip-hop. It’s just who we are. I think it sounds good.”

The album’s title has yet to be determined, but the Black Lips are previewing one song, “Raw Meat,” in concert. “It’s like a punk song, and the hook’s a whistle,” Saint Pe notes. Other potential songs include “So Long to Carolina,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This is My World.”

The Black Lips are touring North America until April 10 and have two shows booked in Spain — May 30 at the San Miguel Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona and the Azkena Rock Festival on June 24 in Vitoria. Saint Pe says some more European dates might be added to the schedule, while a fall tour will likely support the new album release.