First of all, if you happen to find yourself at one of the Beastie Boys' Get Out and Vote Tour stops, well, congratulations on living in a swing state. Secondly, if, during the show, you hear what appears to be an unending stream of poop jokes coming from the stage, congrats again: You probably just got a sneak peek of the Beasties' new album.
Because the B-Boys are, in fact, hard at work on the follow-up to 2007's all-instrumental The Mix-Up (they were listening to rough mixes when MTV News interviewed them at their NYC headquarters last week), and judging from what they're telling us, this one is going to be a decidedly more lyrical affair — about one topic in particular.
"It's a very wordy record, in a good way," Mike D told us.
"It's pretty scatological, to be completely honest. There are probably more scatological lyrics on this particular album than ever before," MCA added. "If you don't know what that means, go home and look it up."
If you're not near a dictionary, we'll save you the trouble: "Scatology" refers to "the study of poop" or "an obsession with the obscene" (or something like that), which means that if Yauch is telling the truth, well, then, Beastie Boys fans are in for quite a ride the next time out — but scat isn't the only subject covered on the album.
"Not to give too much away, but there are in-depth studies on animal behavior and their organs," D snickered. "Actually Beastie Boys: Animal Kingdom is really not a bad title for it — just going to put that out there."
"[There's] a lot of stuff on it. I would say there's a lot going on with the record," MCA said. "There's a lot of layers to it. It's a deep record. It's overwhelming, in a good way."
When pressed, D and MCA would only offer that the album features "all-new material" (always a plus), meaning that the idea of re-recording The Mix-Up with vocals seems to have been abandoned. And just what will that potentially filthy, brand-spanking-new material sound like? Well, "weird." But not in a bad way, and rather deliciously so.
"It sounds good — it's weird, but it's good-weird," MCA laughed. "You don't want bad-weird."
"We're making a 'good-weird' album for the people. Good-weird is good though," D added. "Like, when you go to a restaurant and you try something, and it's kind of weird and it's nothing you've ever tasted before, and you're actually even questioning why you're eating it while you're eating it. But then afterwards you're like, 'You know what, I'm really glad I ate that. I really liked it.' And then all of a sudden it's, like, two days later and you're like, 'Damn, I'm gonna go back and get that dish.' "