Sugar Ray's nearly-finished fourth album, due in June, will combine their pop-friendly present with the loud guitars of their past.
The band is in the process of mixing the album, which promises to recapture some of the raucous edge of their 1995 debut, Lemonade & Brownies, and the louder tracks on 1997's Floored, the album that spawned the band's breakthrough pop hit, "Fly."
At the same time, Sugar Ray's new material edges closer to power-pop than to metal, while still making room for softer songs in the vein of the hit "Someday," according to a management representative for the group.
After the as-yet-untitled album is released in mid-June, Sugar Ray plan to hit the road late that month as an opening act, then embark on a full-fledged headlining tour in July.
The band has not yet decided on the new album's first single, their Atlantic Records publicist said.
Sugar Ray began writing songs for the new album their follow-up to 1999's 14:59 last summer (see "Sugar Ray Head For The Studio").