Portishead’s Recording Rules

Fans are still patiently waiting on Portishead’s fourth studio album but in the meantime multi-instrumentalist/producer Geoff Barrow has tweeted the group’s ground rules for the release including the stipulations that there will be “NO meet and greet” and ironically “NO Twitter.”

Barrow told fans what the new album is going to be all about (or rather, not about) in six tweets Wednesday.

“There will be NO free downloads There will be NO bonus tracks There will be NO remixes There will be NO hidden footage,” Barrow declared.

“There will be NO additional content There will be NO corporate partners There will be NO fashion lines There will be NO tabloid pictures. There will be NO £25 unit cost There will be NO street team There will be NO myspace There will be NO celeb producer There will be NO twitter. There will be NO press/blogger gig There will be NO acoustic session There will be NO meet and greet There will be NO edited version. There will be NO iTunes only There will be NO press launch There will be NO asian version There will be NO radio friendly.”

Barrow wrapped up the announcement by simply stating, “Just music and us.”

Portishead’s third studio album, appropriately titled Third, was released in 2008. The release marked the band’s first studio album in eleven years.

In September 2009 Barrow told BBC News the band was in the studio and had started writing new tunes. He said it was possible the fourth album could be released by late 2010.

Portishead released the new tune “Chase The Tear” in December 2009 in honor of International Human Rights Day. Proceeds from the single benefit Amnesty International.

The band has lined up a number of festival appearance including Hurricane in Germany (June 17), Southside in Germany (June 18), Malta Festival in Poland (July 6), Pohoda Festival in Slovakia (July 9), Superbock Superock Festival in Portugal (July 15), Benicassim Festival in Spain (July 17) and Festival De Nimes in France (July 19).

Portishead will headline and curate the new All Tomorrow’s Parties’ event I’ll Be Your Mirror July 23-24. The festival takes place at Alexandra Palace in London.

Click here for Geoff Barrow’s Twitter page.

Click here for Portishead’s official website.