In a recent interview with Italy's SpazioRock, guitarist Rob Caggiano of Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT spoke about the band's plans to work on the follow-up to 2016's "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie" album. "We're still writing and rehearsing new ideas," he said (see video below). "We've been doing that for a little while now, but after this [summer European] tour, we're gonna get back to Copenhagen and really start drilling stuff and probably doing a bunch of demos of some new songs.
"The plan, I think, is to go in the studio end of November, see how far we get, and then we're gonna take a break for the holidays, and then reconvene, I guess, in February and do the second half — just finish up anything that needs to be finished," he continued. "Yeah, definitely there'll be a new VOLBEAT record next year."
As for a possible musical direction for VOLBEAT's next record, Caggiano said: "No two VOLBEAT records are really like — they don't really sound alike — at least the two that I've been involved in. And the new stuff we're working on, it's probably gonna be… It's too early to say, but it's gonna be a different feel than the last record. It doesn't make sense to repeat yourself as a band. It's, I think, healthy to keep pushing yourself and growing, trying new stuff, new directions."
Asked if VOLBEAT has been doing any writing on the road, Rob said: "Yeah, absolutely — every chance we get. Unfortunately, this tour is a lot of festivals, so we don't really get soundcheck, but when it's our own headline show — like the other night, we played in Austria and we did a long soundcheck and started going over some new ideas. We try to do that, obviously, as much as possible, but this tour, for us, is, for the most part, a lot of festivals. There's a few headline shows here and there, but it's mostly festivals. We don't get a soundcheck for the festivals."
VOLBEAT bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen confirmed to France's Loud TV that the band's upcoming disc will once again be produced by the group's longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen.
"Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie" arrived in June 2016 and featured the chart-topping "Black Rose" and "The Devil's Bleeding Crown", in addition to the Top Five title track.