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In This Moment Begin Work on 'Blood' Follow-Up: 'We Want to Be Very Powerful Next Time'
Eyeing a new single this summer, album in the fall... The group also has "a couple" tour offers it's considering, but they want to make sure "there's a new song, a new album, everything new"
Headbangers In This Moment are eyeballing a return to the studio in late February in order to start working on a follow-up to 2012's "Blood," which logged career-high peaks on the Billboard 200 (No. 15), Alternative (No. 5) and Hard Rock (No. 1) charts.
Guitarist Chris Howorth tells Billboard the quintet, which wraps up the "Blood" touring cycle tonight (Feb. 4), intends to start on Feb. 23, working again with "Blood" producer Kevin Churko.
"We have a bunch of ideas," Howorth says, "and the way we did 'Blood' was different than we'd done any album before. We brought ideas and pieces and parts into the studio and wrote each song in the studio, one at a time. All the other albums we had the songs formatted and together already. So we're going to do the same thing again. We're gonna try to replicate the magic of 'Blood' and try to take the style and sound we had for 'Blood' and just do it bigger and better while still keeping true to that same vibe. That's our sound. We feel like we found something and want to stick the flag in the ground on top of that hill."
Howorth says In This Moment also plans to "take a lot more time than we did the last time and maybe build more than one song at a time. It's good when you can get to the point where it's like, 'OK, let's put this aside' and then do other songs and come back and revisit them and keep making them better and better. That'd be a good way to do it." There will also be "some interesting guests on the album," but Howorth isn't revealing them yet.
In This Moment hopes to have a first single to its label, Atlantic, by the end of June or early July, according to Howorth, with the album coming out during the fall. The group also has "a couple" of summer tour offers it's considering, but the guitarist says that "we want to be sure when we come out there's a new song, a new album, everything new. We want to be very powerful next time."
To tide fans over, meanwhile, In This Moment has released "Blood at the Orpheum," its first live album, as well as a DVD from the same Boston concert that's included on a deluxe edition of "Blood."
"That's something we've owed the label our whole career," Howorth says. "It really captures a moment in time, and hopefully next time we'll be even better and people will see something well-advanced and beyond what's on that DVD."