LFO Say Next Album To Have More Rock

'Summer Girls' singers say LP also will have signature sound, however.

Though LFO have scored big hits with R&B-flavored pop tunes, the trio's next album will be more rockin', the group said recently.

Backstage after a performance on the Nickelodeon All That Music & More tour in Concord, Calif., LFO's Devin Lima, Rich Cronin and Brad Fischetti said they were pleased with the success of their self-titled 1999 album but that they're looking forward to greater creative control on their upcoming follow-up. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns Nickelodeon.)

"The album is going to be more rock," Cronin said.

"You are going to hear more acoustics," Lima added.

"But the sound you hear in 'Summer Girls' and those other songs will be there, too," Fischetti said, referring to the group's breakthrough hit from last year (RealAudio excerpt).

The three wrote many of the lyrics on LFO and will write an even greater share of the material on the next album, they said.

Lima even hopes to contribute to the new disc's artwork. The singer, who said drawing is his first passion, has been working on a comic book that portrays the pop group as superheroes and hopes to have it included with the new CD's packaging.

Once the group completes the All That tour, which has dates scheduled into September, LFO will head back to the studio to record their next album, Arista Records spokesperson Thomas Martin said.

Meanwhile, the group's new single, "West Side Story" (RealAudio excerpt), already is in rotation on pop-radio stations, and it will be commercially released in August, Martin said.