The upcoming album was "built from tempos or a beat" in the band's London studio.
When the Boxer Rebellion made 2011's "The Cold Still," the London act did things the old-fashioned way: writing a group of songs and bringing them to producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon) to lay down in the studio. But for their fourth studio LP, the quartet turned their methods upside-down.
"It's like a polar reversal between 'The Cold Still' and what we've done here, in a way," guitarist Todd Howe told Billboard. "We wrote 'The Cold Still' as a band, together, the four of us - this one's been as a band, but completely differently, just built from tempos or a beat. We would just groove on that and write around that."
The process came as the band was given the opportunity to take over their longtime London rehearsal space, and thus the freedom to stretch out the recording sessions.