British guitar band the Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group.

British guitar band the Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group. The contract covers one album with an option for two more.

The band's first studio album for Sanctuary Records is due in the fall. Live dates are planned for 2005.

The act from Northwich, Cheshire, emerged during the "Madchester" wave of the late '80s. 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 raft 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. He also guested on the Chemical Brothers' "The Boxer," from the electronica duo’s latest set, "Push the Button" (Virgin).