The Vines have entered a Sydney studio to begin recording their third album.

The Vines have entered a Sydney studio to begin recording their third album. According the Australian rock act's official Web site, 15 songs have been prepared for the sessions, which will be overseen by producer Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Youth Group).

The news will come as a relief to fans fearing the Vines may have been finished, following last November's revelation that frontman Craig Nicholls suffers from the neurobiological disorder Asperger Syndrome.

The disease left him unable to go through with the Vines' planned 2004 summer tour with Incubus, and by extension, to effectively promote the group's sophomore Capitol album, "Winning Days." The set has sold just 167,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared to 675,000 for its 2002 debut, "Highly Evolved."

"Craig is in a great frame of mind and healthier than he's ever been," the band says. "The band will demo 13 new songs which are sounding brilliant -- mainly heavy, poppy and melodic plus two amazing acoustic numbers."

The Vines remain signed to Capitol, although label sources previously indicated to Billboard.com that it was unknown how much touring and promotional activity Nicholls would be able to undertake in the future.

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