Lostprophets To Start Writing New Album Already
Catch up: Lostprophets’ ‘Liberation Transmission’ album of 2006 pushed the band to new heights and saw them tour the world for three years. The follow up to this, The Betrayed, saw the band scrap early material and fire producers. On its release in January 2010 it failed to make much of an impression, and now less than a year after its release the band have drawn a line in the sand and are preparing to write a new album.
So how are you feeling and what are you thinking going into this next album?Stu: we’re starting writing pretty soon. We’re doing a no-pressure writing session in the next few weeks. Just to see what comes of it. We’re not going in to write a single we’re just going in to have some fun, see what comes out of it.
Mike: When you know you have two months to write an album you stay in your comfort zone a bit, whereas if you just go in and write music for fun tat almost takes us back to when we wrote ‘Fake Sound…’.
Stu: Right at the end of The Betrayed writing period we wrote ‘Where We Belong’ just because we wanted to and while people doubted it initially it became the biggest hit of the record. We couldn’t have written that if we went in with the mindset of, ‘let’s write a hit’.
Mike: most of the hits are the accidental ones.
Stu: the best stuff comes when you’re enjoying yourself.
After The Betrayed, now, is there a feeling of, right, line in the sand, let’s move on?Mike: a little bit. We’ve been a band for ten years. We’ve got our four albums, almost book-ended with the heavier records. That chapter’s closed.
Stu: we did the first record ourselves and we did the last record ourselves. It was cool to take the power back. It was a fuck you, to The States. If you don’t like it, fine; but we’re doing this ourselves.
Mike: this next time we’re wondering whether we should self-produce again. After The Betrayed we thought it sounded amazing, but we needed to go with someone else to find out we needed to do it ourselves.
Hammer will be speaking to Lostprophets again so check back in a week to see what they have to say about what went wrong with creation of The Betrayed.