With the new live DVD "We Come in Pieces" serving as a placeholder, British alt rockers Placebo is taking what bassist Stefan Olsdal calls "a bit of a breather" before setting to work in earnest on a follow-up to 2009's "Battle For the Sun."
"That was one of the longest tours we ever did, supporting that album," Olsdal tells Billboard.com. "It lasted the better part of two years. We're still recovering from that, really." Nevertheless, Olsdal says he and singer-guitarist Brian Molko are "continually writing" and should be ready when the trio -- which also includes drummer Steve Forrest -- decides to hit the studio in 2012.
"I'm in touch with Brian," Olsdal says. "He'll bring in a track or parts of a track, or I do, or we just kind of jam something up in the studio. The shape and sound of the next album will be decided when we get back together. I suppose once we came off the road it was kind of hard to plug in a distorted guitar again, because we'd done that every night for the best part of two years. When we came back home it was nice to hear nice, clean, acoustic sounds, so maybe we'll still feel that way when we start to (record)."