JUST when you thought Shed Seven might not be playing any home-city gigs on their Shedcember tour, York's premier band have announced two nights at Fibbers.

Tickets go on general sale today for the Sheds' brace of shows on November 17 and 18: the first chance to hear songs from their new album Instant Pleasures, unless you have tickets for the long sold-out warm-up gig on November 11 at Pocklington Arts Centre, where they will be rehearsing for the tour.

Released on November 10, the album will be the Sheds' first studio set since Truth Be Told in 2001 and marks their return to a major label, BMG, coinciding with a tour that has seen the Britpop survivors shift more tickets than ever before.

Two gold albums and 15 Top 40 singles to their name, Shed Seven have called on the production nous of Youth, the Killing Joke bassist who has worked his magic with the esteemed likes of Kate Bush, U2, Depeche Mode and The Charlatans.

Such is the anticipation after a recording hiatus of 16 years that Instant Pleasures has attracted enough pre-orders for the album to have made the top ten if released in any week so far this year.

Frontman Rick Witter remarks that the title Instant Pleasures works in two ways, not only as a comment on our tech-obsessed, social media-crazy, everything-now world, but also as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the tracks themselves. "Whatever you want these days, you just click a button and you're instantly pleasured," he says.

"It's certainly the way the world seems to turn at the minute. But it's also a nice little nod because if you were to play our album you'd be instantly pleasured. There are 12 pretty damn cool songs on there."

Among them is the first single, Room In My House, a typically thunderous indie-rock anthem that whets the appetite for the album and tour alike, with 50,000 ticket sales across the country already.

Instant Pleasures, the Sheds' fifth studio album, will be available digitally, on heavyweight vinyl, limited-edition red vinyl, cassette, CD and a limited deluxe double CD featuring new tracks, demos and remixes.

Look out too for a seven-inch box set containing seven coloured seven-inch discs and one Polaroid unique to each box. Limited to 777 boxes, it is available exclusively via their artist store at shedseven.com.

The Shedcember tour will take in further Yorkshire shows at Sheffield O2 Academy on November 28 and sold-out nights at Leeds O2 Academy on December 18 and 19 and Hull City Hall on December 21.