Published May 06, 2013Long-running aggressive indie rock act Shellac haven't issued an LP since 2007's Excellent Italian Greyhoud, but that could soon change, as guitarist/vocalist Steve Albini has confirmed the band are finishing up recording sessions for a new album.
Though Albini noted that a release date has yet to be pegged for the currently untitled LP, he confirmed to The A.V. Club during an interview at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago that the music has almost all been recorded for the set.
He hinted that they've been working on the record off and on "for the last seven years so," and that it will feature a number of tracks Shellac have showcased onstage. This includes "Dude Incredible," which bassist Bob Weston had previously guessed would have made it onto an EP. Albini offered that the song weighs in on "the social organization and group dynamic of monkeys," adding, "people as well. We're all primates, so it's all similar."
"Trying to get a group of people to go do something is the principle," he continued of the song's lyrical focus. "Like, if you've ever tried to go out to dinner with a bunch of people and you don't know where you want to go. [There's a] communication network that's required to get everything across and gradually mount[ing] momentum to do something. And then along the way, things can happen. Before you know it, somebody's in the hospital."
Albini added that the LP could feature nine songs, though he stated that the sequencing has yet to be locked down. Shellac expect to issue the record on longtime label Touch and Go.