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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