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The Music Get To Work On Sophomore Album

Now that British rock act the Music has a brief break in its touring schedule, drummer Phil Jordan tells Billboard.com the group is heading back to the U.K. to begin work on its sophomore Capitol albu

Now that British rock act the Music has a brief break in its touring schedule, drummer Phil Jordan tells Billboard.com the group is heading back to the U.K. to begin work on its sophomore Capitol album, with an eye on an early 2004 release. Earlier this year, the group's self-titled debut reached No. 4 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

"I do have days when I do think about [the pressure] and it does get on top of me," says Jordan. "But I think the best way is just to deal with how we dealt with everything and just be naive about it and just forget about it and just do what we want to do."

"The first album was basically a diary of us growing up," he continues. "So, I guess the next one is going to be a very brief diary of what we are all feeling now after we've done this, since we made the first album. So, it is like from last May until now."

"The Music" is a guitar-based rock album with electronic enhancements that has drawn comparisons to Oasis, Led Zeppelin, and Jane's Addiction. Jordan says the band, which is somewhat perplexed by the comparisons, is really a guitar group at heart, despite the fact the disc features plenty of techno adornments. "My biggest regret is, I think we used them too much," discloses Jordan. "But, you know, they are definitely going to be there on the next album, just more subtle."

The Music washed ashore Stateside late last year, landing two high-profile and completely different opening gigs. Whereas the party continued after each show on a theater tour with Australia's the Vines, the opportunity to open an arena tour for Coldplay proved to be an excellent learning experience for the Music, whose members are all under 21 years of age. Invariably, Jordan and his cohorts are using their youth as an asset.

"Yeah, definitely," says Jordan. "Naivete is one of the greatest things involved. You can only push down barriers by being naive, so that's a great thing for us. Nobody knows what it is like to do this game. Everybody has their opinion of the rock'n'roll life, but it is nothing like that at all. I don't regret doing this, but it is a lot harder than everybody thinks."

As previously reported, the Music are among the acts on board for the second stage of Lollapalooza, beginning Aug. 1 in Bristow, Va. The group resumes its international roadwork July 12 in Kinross, England.