At the rate they’re going, Audioslave theoretically could have
120 new songs by the end of April.
“Last time when we went in to make a record, we wrote a song a day,”
guitarist Tom Morello said. “This time, we’ve done even more. Sometimes we’ve gotten the skeletons of two songs a day.”
OK, Audioslave probably won’t really have over 100 songs to choose from
for their next album, but they’ll be in good shape. They’ve been
intermittently writing and jamming since the end of 2003, and they’ve
currently got between 20 and 25 new songs.
Morello is thrilled with the band’s prolific pace, and he’s even
happier about the quality and diversity of the material. As much as
Audioslave want to make a record that rocks as hard as their 2002
self-titled debut (which has sold over 2 million copies), they also
want to challenge themselves and push their creative boundaries.
“The songs are heading in some places where none of the four of us have
ever gone in our careers before,” Morello said. “When we listen back to
the daily tapes, we’re surprised at the music that’s jumping off of
them. It’s so inspiring to go down to rehearsal every day.”
Like last time, the bandmembers are spontaneously jamming out riffs and
grooves in the studio, writing as they go along. Morello couldn’t
reveal any new song titles and added that it is far too early to tell
how the vibe of the record will differ from the band’s first.
“There are so many songs now that depending on the choices we make,
they could be totally different records,” he said. “We could make it
Back in Black, or we could make it The Joshua Tree. But
it’s really exciting, and I’m looking forward to recording it and
letting people in on it.”
The band plans to focus work on the new record for the foreseeable
future and has no plans to tour. There is no target release date.
“It will come out when it’s right and when it’s great and when we’re
through with it,” Morello said. “We don’t like to put an artificial
time on it.”