Modern rock act Puddle Of Mudd is hard at work on the follow up to its 2001 Interscope debut "Come Clean." Having converted a rented Los Angeles house into a studio, the band is again recording with p

Modern rock act Puddle Of Mudd is hard at work on the follow up to its 2001 Interscope debut "Come Clean." Having converted a rented Los Angeles house into a studio, the band is again recording with producer John Kurzweg (Creed) and eyeing a "late spring" release through the label.

"Drums are done," writes guitarist Paul Phillips in a recent post to the band's official Web site. "Greg [Upchurch] finished them last night, so the first stage is complete and now we can move on to the important stuff, guitars!"

According to Phillips, the band intends on recording 13 songs, and counts titles like "Already Gone," "Spin You Around," and the road-tested "Away From Me" among the early standouts. "If I had to describe the sound so far, I would just say 'rawer,'" says the guitarist. "I'm sure there will be some stuff in the vein of [the smash hit] 'Blurry,' but on the whole everything is a lot edgier."

Phillips admits the group decided on recording in a rented house so inspiration would always be close at hand. "That way we can live and work in the same place, which is very important when you are as lazy as us," he says.

Last month, Puddle Of Mudd took home four trophies, including rock and modern rock track of the year for "Blurry," from the 2002 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Backstage, frontman Wes Scantlin admitted the song's subject matter isn't something he likes discussing. "It's about my little baby boy and stuff," he said. "It's kind of a tough song to talk about, because it means a lot to me. It holds a seriously cool place in my heart." The tune reached No. 1 on both Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts last year.

"Come Clean" peaked at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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