U2 are not done with making music yet. The Irish band, who released their 40th anniversary album ‘Songs of Surrender’ this past March, are planning to record a new album that will be "noisy, uncompromising, unreasonable" according to their lead singer Bono. The album, which may be titled Songs for Fighting, will be inspired by the rawness and power of the rock records they grew up with, such as Patti Smith and Iggy Pop.
However, the band's drummer Larry Mullen is still recovering from back surgery, which has prevented him from joining the band for their Las Vegas residency at the Sphere. The band's bassist Adam Clayton told Mojo magazine that the new album project depends on Mullen's situation and his ability to commit to it. He said, "starting work on new songs is somewhat tied to Larry’s situation. Could he commit to an album project? I don’t know.”
Bono also admitted that the world is not waiting for the next U2 album, and that they have to give them a reason to be interested in it. He said, "I just want to write great tunes, because that’s where U2 started – with big choruses, clear ideas. And let’s go back there, but do it with some petrol and some matches."
The band had initially planned to record an album called Songs of Ascent, which would be a more meditative and spiritual record. But Clayton said that they decided to change direction and make a more aggressive and energetic record. He said, "We are turning the amps on. I certainly think the rock that we all grew up with as 16- and 17-year-olds, that rawness of those Patti Smith, Iggy Pop records… that kind of power is something we would love to connect back into.”
The band's last album of new original material was Songs of Experience, which was released in 2017. The album was the second part of a trilogy that began with Songs of Innocence in 2014. The band have not revealed when the new album will be released, but they are expected to resume their Las Vegas residency on December 1st.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]