Time to put my game face back on. Tracking resumes in the morning and we only have 2 weeks to wrap up the new album. We’ll finish here in Charlotte, then mix it next month in New York. I’m pleased with all the work we’ve accomplished, and I have tons of faith in my team. Still, I’m not going to lie, I always have to deal with these nagging thoughts in the back of my head. The ones that say “This is it. This is the one that is going to be a total bomb and send you back to waiting tables.” I never just expect that people are going to automatically love what we do.
If this seems really insecure it’s because it is. Still, I think this is probably the best place to be right now. The day you have it figured out may be the day you’re done. I certainly don’t have anything figured out. I just know that we are pursuing the sounds that make us feel the way we want to feel, and at no point can we afford to turn on auto pilot.
Will this album will be different than the last one? It should be. Right? We’re 3 years older now. We’re listening to different music, and we have different things to say. Plus, as proud as I am of The Medicine, I don’t see any reason to record the same album twice. So what will it sound like? Shoot…I don’t know. I do know that we aren’t trying to make any “singles”. We never have. It’s not like anything we do stands much of a chance on the radio. Besides, they’re all singles in my book. Whatever.
The insecurity is raging, but the creativity is “on 11”. I’m nervous but hopeful and can’t wait to leak some of this stuff. So stay tuned. The album rolls out in September. It’s a long time to wait but we will try and release something before this album is totally dated.