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Suede's Anderson on new band

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Former Suede frontman Brett Anderson has spoken about The Tears, the band in which he is reunited with one of Suede's guitarists, Bernard Butler.

Suede disbanded, albeit perhaps temporarily, in 2003 after their fifth album, A New Morning. Since then, Anderson has been working on new material with Bernard Butler, who left the group unceremoniously during the recording of second album Dog Man Star.

Anderson told BBC's 6 Music about getting back in touch with his former bandmate: "It wasn't that big a deal when we got together, it was like 'Hi how you been.'

"I hadn't seen him for nine years - literally hadn't spoken to him for nine years - which is quite a long time. But we kind of just chatted and got on really well."

Brett also made it clear that The Tears are not to be regarded as a reincarnation of Suede, and that Suede songs will not feature in their live setlists: "I don't think anyone would have any respect for us if we did play Animal Nitrate and all of those things, there's no point.

"A -this isn't Suede, and B we're proud of what we've written as The Tears and we want people to hear it, and I don't want people to start expecting to hear Suede stuff."

The Tears' debut single, Refugees, is due for release on April 18.

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