Days Of The New Prepares "Red" LP, Doors Cover

Days Of The New has just completed recording a new album in its hometown of Louisville, and the fruits of the band's labors will be in stores in late September if all goes according to plan.

The group's management confirmed to MTV News that the album, like the previous two, will simply be called "Days Of The New," although it will most likely be referred to as "the red album." Days Of The New's 1997 debut boasted an orange cover, while the 1999 follow-up was a "green" release. The band's trademark image of a tree has remained constant.

The record once again has been a near-solo project on the part of DOTN mainstay Travis Meeks, with few of the (many) previous musicians he's worked with remaining on board for the new effort. The band's label, Outpost, has also been phased out, and the group is now signed directly to Interscope.

Sound-wise, DOTN management told MTV News to expect a combination of the hard rocking debut and the more acoustically inclined

second LP. One of the thirteen new tracks is close to ten minutes long, the group's manager said, and features a 30-piece symphony orchestra conducted by Meeks.

Meanwhile, Meeks will finally be seeing the release of his cover of The Doors' "The End" on a long-awaited, long-delayed tribute album now scheduled for November 18. The track was recorded with Meeks and the surviving members of the Doors in June of '98 (see "Doors Tribute With Manson, STP, More Due In Summer")