Thirty Seconds to Mars' new single hadn't even reached the International Space Station when Jared Leto got on the phone with MTV News to discuss its rather epic (and quite literal) launch on Friday morning ... but, as is often the case with him, he was already moving on to the band's next project: their new album.
"This is the first time I'm really talking about the album, and when you talk about these things it helps you put them into perspective," he said. "I just mastered it two days ago, and we're still toying with it, but it's been turned in and it's finished."
And perspective is definitely necessary; after all, there was a time when it seemed like the album would never happen at all. Thirty Seconds to Mars spent much of the past year recuperating from the whirlwind ride that followed 2009's This Is War, and very openly discussed the idea of calling it quits entirely. But, recharged from their time off the road, they regrouped and got to work on the record that Leto said will come to define them.
"I wrote and recorded about 70 songs for this album, and I think there's a feeling that all of us in the band have that, especially after touring as long as we did last time, that this is a really important album for us; it's a critical album for us," he explained. "It's an evolution, this album is more of who we are than we have ever been before, and we've gone to an entirely new place, which is incredibly exciting. And it's provocative at the same time, because changes bring new opportunities, new challenges, a chance to learn."
Leto added that, though the record has been mastered, there's still no firm release date, and if there's a title, he wasn't ready to reveal it just yet. But all of that will be announced over the coming months ... and once again, Thirty Seconds To Mars are ready to bring their mission to the masses.
"So much of the stuff is TBD, but we've shot a video, we've launched a single, we've finished an album, we have the most incredible things to share with our fans," Leto said. "It's brand-new territory for us, both musically and creatively."
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