Indie rock outfit the Promise Ring has finished recording its forthcoming album with producer Stephen Street (the Smiths, Blur, the Cranberries) at Jacob Studios in Surrey, England. Although no album

Indie rock outfit the Promise Ring has finished recording its forthcoming album with producer Stephen Street (the Smiths, Blur, the Cranberries) at Jacob Studios in Surrey, England. Although no album title or release date has yet been finalized, the Milwaukee-based quartet's latest set is likely to bow in spring 2002 via a new worldwide contract with Anti-, an imprint of Epitaph Records.

"Making this record has had a real air of excitement for us," guitarist Jason Gnewikow says in a statement of the follow up to 1999's "Very Emergency," which has sold 32,300 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. "We've all sort of given up traditional roles in the band and it has become a free-for-all."

The new outlook is likely attributed to frontman Davey vonBohlen's terrifying ordeal in May 2000, in which he underwent emergency surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. "I'm suspicious that the doctor stole all of my fast songs," the singer jokes of the group's change in direction. The new set finds the band utilizing new musical elements such as drum machines, keyboards, and an occasional "junky synth."

Building off the band's customary sound while refusing to be limited to the one-time rule of "loud and fast in the guitars-bass-drums vein" Gnewikow vows, "There is no longer any musical territory that we feel is off limits to us. If we can make the sounds, it's us."