Ween Recording New Album In Farmhouse

Rock duo Ween will continue work on its next studio album at a new studio set up in a 200-year-old farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

Rock duo Ween will continue work on its next studio album at a new studio set up in a 200-year-old farmhouse in Pennsylvania. "I think it's like the fourth farmhouse we've occupied over the years but we seem to have good luck in them at least," guitarist Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo writes on Ween's Web site. "Our plan is to continue writing and recording new tunes while also being more active on the road this year."

Melchiondo says touring will most likely not begin until April but that Ween is hoping its workload will be "more aggressive" in 2006. "We're gonna try and find the balance between recording and touring, we really didn't do enough of either last year."

The new album will be the follow-up to 2003's "Quebec" (Sanctuary). Last year, the group issued a collection of unreleased studio tracks, "Shinola," via its own Chocodog imprint. "We're talking about trying out some different ideas with the next Ween release on Chocodog, maybe a bunch of 45s or something," Melchiondo says.

Also percolating from the label is a spring album by Chris Harford, produced by Melchiondo and featuring a guest spot by Ween vocalist Aaron "Gene Ween" Freeman. Harford and Melchiondo played all the instruments during the sessions.