Audioslave 'Surprised' By Adventurous New Songs, Morello Says

Guitarist revealed band already has 20-25 new songs in hand.

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."