Gym Class Heroes are still fully in the cycle of their fourth album, "The Quilt," but the group is already starting to focus on its next release.
"It's half of what we do," drummer Matt McGinley tells Billboard.com. "Half of it is being on stage and performing and touring and playing to listeners every night, and the other half is being busy writing new material and recording new stuff."
McGinley says the quartet, which is currently on the road opening for rapper Lil Wayne, plans to take June and July off and rent a house in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York to "just hole ourselves up there for a couple of months and try to write another record. That's something we never do, so we'll see how that goes and hopefully it will come out productive and we'll record something in the early fall."
McGinley says all the band members have been working on new ideas while on the road and showing them to each other. "It's really hard to say direction-wise where it will be at for the next album," he says. "It's very unlikely we'll recreate the same record, like how we wanted 'The Quilt' to be different from 'As Cruel as School Children.' But I'm sure when we are ready to record we'll probably have a new direction to take that's different form anything we've done before."
"The Quilt," which was produced mostly by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart when it came out in September and has already sold more than 100,000 copies. McGinley says he and his bandmates are confident there's more life left in the album but aren't sure if there will be another single released from it.
"I think with this album we didn't -- to the dismay of the record label -- set out to write an album full of singles," the drummer explains. "I think a lot of the songs certainly sound catchy, but I think we wanted the album to reflect our musical personalities first and foremost. So at this point we're not really pushing any songs as singles but just essentially trying to promote the album as a whole."