Goo Goo Dolls Plotting Next Studio Album

The band plans to take a stripped-down approach to their next album, which John Rzeznik hopes to have out in the fourth quarter of this year.

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The Goo Goo Dolls plan to take a stripped-down approach to their next album, which frontman John Rzeznik hopes to have out in the fourth quarter of this year. "We're really more of a rock band, which is kind of the approach that we're taking with the new album," Rzeznik tells Billboard.com. "That means all of us playing live in the studio and kind of under-producing it." Rzeznik says that he has about 25 "ideas" for the group's follow-up to 2006's "Let Love In" -- as well as a pair of retrospectives -- though he acknowledges that there are "four, maybe five keepers right now." Writing began in earnest in late February, with Rzeznik working both at home and in the studio the group recently completed in Buffalo, N.Y. "At this point I want to keep it real basic so that the songwriting structure is real strong and the melodies and hooks are really good," he explains, "and then we'll let a producer come in and put his flair on it." But Rzeznik has requirements for whomever the Goos work with this time. "I think the most important thing when we go in to actually track the album is that the four of us are playing live together," he says of touring guitarist Brad Fernquist, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin. "We want to get the basic groove of what it's all about instead of having this real sterilized, ProTooled, chopped-to-bits kind of thing." Rzeznik says that even though the building of the group's studio was arduous, the Goos are enjoying having a dedicated work space. "I can't deny the fact that I'm like, 'Wow, this is ours. We don't have to pay somebody else for it,'" he explains. "We're still shelling out money every day to keep it open, but at least it's ours." The flip side, he adds, is the temptation to spend more time making the album since there's no clock ticking. "You can get caught up in the experimentation," Rzeznik says, "Like, 'I can plug this into that into that and get this sound no one's ever heard before.' But does anybody want to hear it? That's always the question." While the Goos are working, fans will be sated with the group's "Greatest Hits Volume Two," a rarities-filled CD and DVD set due out June 17 via Warner Bros. Thanks for the info to Billboard.com.

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    mannis
    oooh first to comment for the first time... and i cant wait, goo goo dolls really make great music, Rzeznik is such a great song writer
    corrie_911
    ya the goo goo dolls are amazing. i really wish they would just stick to their better acoustic style with songs like slide, iris, and name
    orion284
    I love the Goo's acoustic side. I'm exited about the new album and the second disc of the greatest hits.
    sucay
    hes talking about "good melody and hooks"?, didn't he just say he has about 25 "ideas" ... ??? the whole album made out of 25 ideas or he talking wayyyyy ahead of time, i hate it.
    turnfoot
    since they ventured into alternative territory in let love i was hoping for a more pop/rock album from these guys e.g. boy named goo, dizzy up the girl (although wasn't really sure if that was gonna happen). now i'm totally excited!
    C1osur3
    corrie_911 : ya the goo goo dolls are amazing. i really wish they would just stick to their better acoustic style with songs like slide, iris, and name
    Although it may be true that the Goo Goo Dolls can pull off acoustic tracks well, I really miss the sound they had with song like "Big Machine." It just seems that that type of sound really complimented Rzeznik's raspy vocals. Either way, it's always great to hear news about these guys and let's hope they take as much time as they want.
    PaddyGoo
    Well this is better news than I was hoping for, let's hope they rediscover what it is they got into music for in the first place which surely couldn't have been to make Let Love In - that was such a major let down of an album. Turn it up to 11 Johnny!
    thefinalstraw2
    I REALLY want them to hit the mainstream so more of my friends and the world will finally appreciate them