Van Halen Working on New Music, Album Tentatively Due in 2015

artist: van halen date: 12/03/2013 category: general music news
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Van Halen Working on New Music, Album Tentatively Due in 2015
Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth recently confirmed that the band's new album is officially in the works. Although the process will take a bit longer, the singer expressed hope for the record to drop in about 18 months. Chatting with Jim Florentine of "That Metal Show," Roth commented: "I was up at Edward's house, maybe three days ago - just before I came here to the city - and we're starting to put music together. Not to give away exactly what the package will be, it's gonna be about 18 months, I think." The singer elaborated further, "We start way, way, way in advance, 'cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc. We don't hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose ... we start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise - if you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room." Confirming the same perfectionist approach for everything regarding Van Halen, David concluded: "So if you really want to generate the ideas from scratch and bring them all the way to the finish, you're gonna have to learn a few other languages, and you're gonna have to speak those over a lot of extra phone calls. And that's usually the break point for most artists." Going back to new music, the vocalist added: "Oh, yeah, we're writing ... I write lyrics routinely. It's a perishable skill. And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They're up at Ed's place, routinely." The latest Van Halen studio effort, "A Different Kind of Truth," saw its release in February 2012 via Interscope Records.
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