Death Cab For Cutie Insist A New Album Is Their Top Priority In 2010

'It's the project this year for us,' drummer Jason McGerr tells MTV News.

When we spoke to [artist id="710356"]Death Cab for Cutie[/artist] at rehearsals for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards, they brought us up to speed on the progress of their new album, which may or may not sound a whole lot like Wilco and was still very much in its infancy.

So when we caught up with them at rehearsals for another awards show (the 2010 Critics' Choice Awards, where they paid tribute to the late John Hughes with a performance of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from "The Breakfast Club"), we decided to ask them for a new progress report on the album. And it sounds like the album is still very much in the early stages.

Oh, and in keeping with the circular nature of things, DCFC guitarist Chris Walla was wearing the exact same shirt he had on during Woodies rehearsals. Weird, we know.

"We're really just starting to crack it open, like kind of getting into the demos for the first time, bouncing some ideas back and forth," Walla said. "So we haven't dived in and hit the 'record' button yet. We're trying to figure out when to dive in and hit the 'record' button. That's sort of where we're at."

In their defense, 2009 was a pretty hectic year for the guys in Death Cab, even without a proper album to promote. They snagged the first single from the "New Moon" soundtrack, shot a moody video for the song in Toronto and watched as frontman Ben Gibbard got married to actress/musician Zooey Deschanel. So writing and recording a brand-new album wasn't really possible. But, as we enter 2010, they insist it's their number-one priority. Even if they don't know exactly when or where they'll begin working on it.

"We've definitely cleared space [in our schedule]. It's the project this year for us," drummer Jason McGerr said. "But we don't know where we're going yet."