The band have just announced that they're already back in the studio, writing on Facebook that, during the promotional run for their last record, they started to get inspired to write songs for the follow-up. So, last month, they did just that.
"We discussed the idea of starting 2013 by getting back into the studio together. We did so in January and the new music started flowing with unexpected ease. After spending three years recording the last album, this new pace feels incredibly exciting," the band said in a letter to fans. "We have decided to follow our muse for the time being and focus on this new music that we don't want to stop. So, we will be postponing our tour plans briefly while we endeavor to create something special and inspired. Our goal as a band is to share this new music with you as quickly as possible ... both recorded and live on tour."
Of course, it bears mention that, as far as we could tell, No Doubt didn't have any 2013 tour dates lined up (a rep for their label, Interscope, did not respond to MTV News' request for comment on the matter). In addition to several TV performances, they played just a handful of shows in support of Push and Shove — which has sold just over 240,000 copies in the U.S. to date — including a seven-night stand at the Gibson Amphitheatre in California.
No Doubt didn't mention just when fans would be able to hear any of the new music — either on the road or on an album — but the pledged to keep everyone in the loop as the process continues.
"As always, thank you all for your kind words, incredible support and patience," they wrote. We promise to keep you updated with photos and videos from the studio, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest updates. We will see you soon!"