Wolf Parade's second Sub Pop album was birthed in free-form jam sessions, according to keyboardist Spence Krug, who says road-testing also informed the material.

Wolf Parade's second Sub Pop album was birthed in free-form jam sessions, according to keyboardist Spence Krug, who says road-testing also informed the material.

"We had an idea of what it should sound like -- a more deliberate approach to make it sound in a way of having more space, in terms of music, frequencies and tones," he says of the tentatively titled "Kissing the Beehive," due June 17. "When I listen [to it], I can hear that deliberation."

Krug says Wolf Parade "did a bunch of free jams, for lack of a better word. And we listened back and would scroll around. The ideas would come out, and we'd solidify it and structure it and take a couple of cool parts and paste them together."

Band members took their time with the songwriting, in marked contrast to 2005's "Apologies to the Queen Mary," on which Krug says, "We had no idea what we were doing. It kind of happened really quick. This one was a lot more, 'We'll do this ourselves and we'll do this slowly.' We realized we could do it on our own terms."

In the interim, Krug and guitarist Dan Boeckner have been involved in numerous side projects, including Handsome Furs, Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake. "It would sound very, very different if Dan and I weren't doing other things," he admits.

For now, the album title is tentative because it shares a name with a 1997 Jonathan Carroll novel. "We didn't know that was the title of a book," Krug explains. "We might have to change it, but we might not. And we'll have to make it clear that it's not [named] after his book. It's a complicated situation."

Here is the track list for the tentatively titled "Kissing the Beehive":

"Soldier's Grin"
"Call It a Ritual"
"Language City"
"Bang Your Drum"
"California Dreamer"
"The Grey Estates"
"Fine Young Cannibals"
"An Animal in Your Care"
"Kissing the Beehive"