Lostprophets have entered a Los Angeles, CA area studio with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte) to record their new album which they hope to have out early next year. Official update from the band:- "We are in the studio at the mo in LA with producer John Feldmann - the album will probably be out early next year. We played a couple of songs on the arena shows - so you guys might have heard some stuff - some will make it on some won't. We're loving it out here - it's working well. Feldmann is a cool guy - he did The Used album, Story of the Year and a load of other cool bands and he has a wicked pool! We're coming back to the UK for T in the Park and then back to LA to finish the album...back for Reading/Leeds. See you soon."
Lostprophets are currently recording the follow-up to 2006's ‘Liberation Transmission,' in Los Angeles. The band are recording new record alongside Goldfinger member John Feldmann, who has also produced material with Good Charlotte and The Used. Speaking about the band's new album– which is pencilled in for release in the Spring of next year - frontman Ian Watkins described the sound as "darker, quirkier, generally more apocalyptic" than 'Liberation Transmission.' Although the band recently previewed some of the album sessions when they headlined The Full Ponty Festival, Watkins has admitted that the songs are already evolving. He said: "We are raising the bar during these recordings and stuff we thought would make it through has already been surpassed by newer stuff." Meanwhile, Lostprophets will take a break from recording their new album to play a series of UK festivals over the coming months – starting at T in the Park, in Scotland this weekend (July 7th). Lostprophets will play the following dates: 07/06 - Glasgow, Garage 07/07 - Scotland, T in the Park 08/22 - London, Astoria - August 08/24 - Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival 08/26 - Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
The prospect of working with producer Bob Rock (Metallica, M?tley Cr?e) was rather intimidating at first for Lostprophets. But frontman Ian Watkins said the Welsh rockers needed to get past the fear factor because they needed someone like Rock. The no-nonsense workhorse has had a hand in some of metal's most influential records over the past 20 years, and the bandmembers wanted him to challenge them, push them and whip them into shape. So Rock performed his professional duties - and at times, it did sting. "It's been a hell of an experience," Watkins explained. "He's really cool, but at times he's been really tough on us. I can imagine, like, if you were in the Marines - he'd be like a really hard-ass drill sergeant who you think is a complete pr---. But then, because he's pushed you so hard, when you're in combat, all this training ends up saving your life. He doesn't bullsh--. He doesn't sugarcoat anything. If [a song's] sh--, he'll tell you. There were moments where it was so surreal for us, because we all grew up watching [the 1992 documentary] 'A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica' and then we saw [2004's] 'Some Kind of Monster.' To be there, sitting with [Rock], and working with him and arguing with him, it's been wild." The Lostprophets have spent the last three months living with Rock at his home in Maui, where they've been recording the follow-up to 2004's Start Something. The writing process, according to Watkins, began almost a year ago in London. Since then they've churned out 50 tracks and recorded 13 at Rock's studio - all of which will comprise the band's third studio offering, slated for release in July. "It's hard to know what to say without following every clichÃ© in the book," the singer said. "You know, like, 'It's the best album we've ever done' and all that. But I don't know - it's the truth. We've just been refining the sound more and focusing on the songs. We're trying to write the best songs we can, put 'em on a record and then go out and dance around to them." At this point, neither the album nor its 13 cuts even have working titles. "We're just focusing on the music for now, and we'll address all the aesthetics later on," Watkins reasoned. But he did comment on what fans can expect of the material - and not surprisingly, things will be sounding just a tad different than the band's previous work. Chalk it up to the inevitable maturation process the Prophets have undergone. "We're just a band, and we play whatever we feel like playing at that moment," he said. "There was a more conscious effort to kind of use some of our heritage with this album, because we are a British band. We grew up listening to a lot of American rock, but we also grew up listening to stuff like the Police and the Clash and Duran Duran - the classic pop bands of the era. So there are definitely elements of that stuff in the songs. It's not so much 'chugga-chugga' metal anymore, because we've grown - as clichÃ© as that sounds. "When we started out, playing metal was so much fun," Watkins continued. "So that's what you'd do. But as you grow, you think, 'Ah, let's try doing something that's a bit more cool, a bit more together, a bit more classic. It's still got the rock and it's still aggressive, but in an angular, pop way. The best way I can describe it is, it's like the Clash playing Bon Jovi songs. We've got that aggression and we love big songs and big choruses. But I feel like this is the record we'll be most proud of. On the last two records, we were still trying to find ourselves."