Veteran rock act American Music Club will release its ninth album, "The Golden Age," Feb. 18 via Merge.

Veteran rock act American Music Club will release its ninth album, "The Golden Age," Feb. 18 via Merge. Recorded in Los Angeles with Dave Trumfio, the 13-song set finds frontman Mark Eitzel backed by Sean Hoffman (bass) and Steve Didelot (drums), both from Los Angeles based band the Larks.

"We were rehearsing together for quite a bit," Eitzel tells Billboard.com. "And after awhile, it just felt like a band." The rehearsals paid off in the speed of the recording process, which took just two months and was done mainly live.

"Because [2004's] 'Love Songs for Patriots' was so Pro-Tooled, and I did a lot of editing on it, I wanted to do more of the live thing this time. There are a couple things that aren't, but a majority of it is," Eitzel explains.

While American Music Club's music is often labeled "slocore" for its mellow, moody style, the group has taken a much more varied approach to its music since returning earlier this decade after a nine-year hiatus.

"I did a tour with Spoon a few years ago, and played a bunch of old American Music Club songs, and they were dark. I just don't think I'm in that mood anymore," Eitzel says. "I like that 'The Golden Age' is loose and upbeat."

Eitzel is also in the midst of shopping a musical he wrote, and gearing up for a heavy touring schedule in spring 2008. Until then, American Music Club will play two shows next month: Nov. 9 in San Francisco and Nov. 13 in Los Angeles.

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