Lifehouse Singer: Next LP Sounds Like 'U2 Meets Coldplay'

Group plans to record in March with producer Ron Aniello.

Lifehouse are nearly ready to hang up "Hanging by a Moment" and the other songs on No Name Face to focus on new material.

The Los Angeles rockers have written their second LP and will enter the studio in March.

"It's a lot more up-tempo than this last one," singer/guitarist Jason Wade said Friday at rehearsals for Sunday's My VH1 Awards. "This last record has a lot of ballads and mid-tempo, soul-searching-type songs. This [new] one is a little more upbeat. We'll make our live set a lot easier. It's hard to play all these slow songs."

Wade described the new material as "U2 meets Coldplay" and said Lifehouse tested out two of the new songs — "Climb" and "Take Me Away" — on the road this fall.

Ron Aniello (Days of the New, Jude), who produced No Name Face, will man the boards for the as-yet-untitled record, Wade said. "We're keeping it in the family."

Fans can expect an August or September release for the disc, according to drummer Rick Woolstenhulme.

Lifehouse performed an acoustic medley of "Hanging by a Moment" and their new single, "Breathing," at Sunday's awards, where they were nominated for Your Song Kicked Ass but Was Played Too Damn Much and Welcome to the Big Time (see "Dave Matthews Band Bathes In Fan Flattery At My VH1 Music Awards"). On Friday they successfully predicted an Alicia Keys win for the latter award. "It's all political," Wade joked of the awards, which were voted on by fans.

Following a December tour that includes five radio festivals, Lifehouse will head to Japan and Australia, Wade said. The band has toured nonstop since No Name Face's October 2000 release, but the guys said the work has been worth it.

"I just look at everything we're doing right now as good foundation work," Wade said. "It's going to be easier on our next tour to have more material to pull from."

Lifehouse tour dates, according to DreamWorks:

  • 12/5 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center

  • 12/8 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Centre

  • 12/9 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

  • 12/10 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo

  • 12/12 - Boston, MA @ Avalon

  • 12/13 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden (Z100 Jingle Ball)

  • 12/14 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center (Q102 Jingle Ball)

  • 12/15 - Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena (107.9 The End Jingle Ball)

  • 12/17 - Seattle, WA @ Exhibition Center (KISS 106.1 Jingle Bell Bash)

  • 12/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center (KIIS-FM Jingle Ball)