Production team readies its own album

The production/songwriting team known as the Matrix -- Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock -- are keeping busy. Already nominated for producer of the year at the 46th Grammy Awards for work with Avril Lavigne, Liz Phair, Lillix, Hilary Duff and the Troys, the trio has more recently collaborated with New York rockers the Mooney Suzuki, tracking to 2-inch analog tape using vintage recording gear at several Los Angeles-area studios.

Next on the agenda for this in-demand group, however, is an album of its own, to be released later this year on Columbia. As with the Mooney Suzuki sessions, the set will contain a classic rock element within a modern setting.

"We've got two people, a guy and a girl, who are fronting it," Christy reveals to Billboard. "Our idea is that we wanted to create Fleetwood Mac for today. These two artists -- they're amazing singers, amazing songwriters -- will have their own solo careers. We're going to continue to come back together every year and a half or two years and make a record, kind of like Fleetwood Mac did, but we'll all have our ongoing careers.

"Also," Christy adds, "probably inspired by the Mooney Suzuki sessions, we're going to cut some of the stuff live and keep it more organic."

"We're not going to try and be too hip for the room, you know?" says Edwards. "We still want to write good pop songs, and maybe just be a little more daring on the production side."

"We're recording through January and probably most of February," says Christy. "We don't want to say too much, but we're going to stay true to what we do, which is kind of melodic songs, but with a little bit more of an edge."