Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT are planning to enter studio before the end of the year to begin recording their seventh album for a tentative 2019 release. The follow-up to "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie" will mark the band's first full-length effort to feature bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen, who joined VOLBEAT too late to appear on the last CD.
During a brand new interview with "Belfast Metal", VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano stated about the group's plans for the next disc (hear audio below): "We've been working, actually, on some ideas. We've been writing a bunch, actually. So, yeah, we're planning on going into the studio at some point at the end of this year."
Caggiano added that the members of VOLBEAT are "constantly coming up with ideas" for new songs. "There's no real set formula or time frame, really," he said. "When you're in a band and you're doing this for as many years as we've been doing it, the cycles kind of reveal themselves, I think. We all know when it's time to start working on stuff and thinking about the next album and all that stuff. So it all kind of just happens naturally."
Asked if VOLBEAT does any writing or recording on tour, Rob said: "We don't do much recording on the road, 'cause our days are pretty action-packed, between press and meet-and-greets and soundchecks and all sorts of stuff. It's pretty hard to get stuff done in that regard. And then on the days off, everyone's so exhausted, they just wanna chill out and nobody wants to set up a studio and start recording. But we definitely try to [kick around ideas] as much as possible when we have soundcheck, when we have time to do that. It's hard on the festivals, because we don't really get a full soundcheck. We don't get a soundcheck really at all; usually it's just the crew that does a line check. I guess it kind of just depends on the tour and all that stuff. But we don't do any real recording on the road."
"Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie" was released in June 2016 via Republic Records. The album featured the single "Black Rose", which landed at No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It was the second track from the disc to top the list. The LP's first single, "The Devil's Bleeding Crown", reached No. 1 in May 2016, while the follow-up single, "Seal The Deal", got as high as No. 3 in December 2016.
The "Black Rose" achievement marked the sixth time in less than five years that VOLBEAT had had a No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
The only other acts who have had six or more on the chart in five years or less since its 1981 inception are VAN HALEN, THE BLACK CROWES, THREE DAYS GRACE and SHINEDOWN.