Despite the fact the majority of the next set is ostensibly written, singer/bassist/keyboardist Brandon Curtis stresses its musical direction remains elusive.

Hotly tipped rock act the Secret Machines will take advantage of its upcoming North American tour with Interpol to perfect some of the eight finished tracks earmarked for its next studio album. Tentative song titles include "Faded Lines" and "A Thousand Seconds." Despite the fact the majority of the next set is ostensibly written, singer/bassist/keyboardist Brandon Curtis stresses its musical direction remains elusive.

"It's weird because the idea for us in creating music has always been kind of like getting into whatever mood or idea or emotion of whatever song kind of comes about," he tells Billboard.com. "And in a weird way, when the songs are all kind of finished, we see if they fit together in some sort of vibe or make some kind of collected statement. Then, we'll put the album together. At this point, it's so early -- we're just kind of exploring the sounds and the feelings of songs still. I think it's a development and a progression, hopefully."

Currently finishing up its own club tour, the Texas-formed, New York-based band is playing the majority of its recent Reprise debut, "Now Here Is Nowhere," live, as well as such covers as Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" and Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country."

Prepping material on the road is nothing new for Secret Machines, who employed the same strategy for "Now Here Is Nowhere" while playing around New York over the last few years. Curtis says the band plans on one more headlining or co-headlining tour in early 2005 before hitting the recording studio in March. Curtis refused to speculate on a possible release date.

"For us, our interest is being able to perform music live whenever we want to, independent of record cycles, because I think that is what we really like to do," says Curtis. "But in the sense of selling records, it's something record companies are the experts at so [they can release it] whenever they feel like releasing it."

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