The Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a newly signed worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group.

The Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a newly signed worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group. The British rock act's contract covers one album with options for two more.

The band's first studio album for Sanctuary is due in the fall, to be preceded in the summer by a new single. Live dates are planned for later in the year but none have been confirmed at deadline.

The act from Northwich, Cheshire, emerged during the "Madchester" wave of the late 1980s. The band, fronted by Tim Burgess, signed initially to Beggars Banquet in the U.K., breaking the top 10 there with its debut 1990 single, "The Only One I Know." A string of hits followed in the mid-'90s, including the U.K. top-10s "North Country Boy," "One to Another" and "How High," plus a host of chart-topping albums.

Most recently, the Charlatans recorded for Universal Island, through which they released their eighth album, "Up at the Lake," in May 2004.

Burgess released a solo album, "I Believe," in September 2003 in the U.K. and Europe via PIAS. As previously reported, he also guests on the track "The Boxer" on the Chemical Brothers' upcoming Astralwerks album, "Push the Button."