Fugazi have entered the studio and begun work on their next album,
the follow-up to 1995's Red Medicine, according to a spokesperson at
This is the first time the group has been in a studio
since singer and guitarist Ian MacKaye experienced serious health problems last
MacKaye's illness, which set in while the band was on tour in
Australia, has never been diagnosed. Doctors at first thought he had contracted
pneumonia. When one of the singer's lungs stopped working due to pressure
around it, doctors were forced to operate, but didn't find an
After a several month break, Fugazi is now planning for a brief
series of north east shows in early May "as a test, to see how Ian is," said
the Dischord spokesperson. "He wants to stretch out his lungs. This isn't a
full tour. They're just hitting the road to see how they feel."
by the post-punk pioneers is taking place at Washington, D.C. studio. Tracks
are so far only in the preliminary stages. No vocals have yet been laid down.
According to the label, however, Fugazi is happy with the new songs, which
they'll road test during the May mini-tour. Whether the new material will end
up on the next album has not yet been determined.