The Goo Goo Dolls plan to have their next album, "Something For the Rest of Us," finished in February and out in late spring, according to bassist Robby Takac.
"Originally we were going to put it out in the fall and we decided to put it out in the spring instead," Takac tells Billboard.com, "so we had a little bit of time to listen through. I think it really lead us to be pretty hyper-critical about what's on the record. There's a few things we want to tend to, so I think we're gonna get a great result."
Takac describes the Goos' first new album since 2006's gold-certified "Let Love In" as "the extension of what we've been doing for our whole career, the next step." The group already played two of the songs -- a buoyant track called "The Sweetest Lie" and the earnestly melodic "As I Am" -- at the taping of the "Amway Global Improv Ice" exhibition in Anaheim, Calif., which will be broadcast Christmas Day on NBC. "We usually don't go out and start playing stuff until the (songs) are out on the record," Takac notes, "but the way the world is changing these days...I think it's gonna be a pretty cool, organic way of introducing some new music to folks."
The Goos recorded "Something For the Rest of Us" primarily at Takac's GCR Audio in the group's home town of Buffalo, N.Y., as well as in Los Angeles with producer Tim Palmer (Porcupine Tree, HIM, U2, Siwtchfoot). Takac says the band will be bringing in Mark "Spike" Stent (Radiohead, Muse, U2, Dave Matthews Band) to mix the album. Touring member Brad Fernquist was also involved in the sessions, which Takac hopes will benefit the live presentation of the new songs. "We pretty much walked in with the band we play with and make a record, which I think is gonna show during the live performances," he says.
Takac expects the Goos to hit the road shortly after the album is released. Prior to that the group is scheduled to play at New Year's Eve show at the Motor City Casino in Detroit and at the ESPN National Championship Tailgate on Jan. 7 outside the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif.