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April 24, 2008

The Goo Goo Dolls plan to release a new album some time in the fourth quarter of this year and the band members are reportedly taking a "stripped down" approach to the yet-to-be-named album.

"We're really more of a rock band, which is kind of the approach that we're taking with the new album," singer John Rzeznik told Billboard. "That means all of us playing live in the studio and kind of under-producing it."

Writing for the follow up to 2006's Let Love In began this past February as members Reznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin, along with touring guitarist Brad Fernquist, were piecing together the groups studio in Buffalo, NY. Reznik reports he has "about 25 'ideas'," for the album, with "four, maybe five keepers." Reznik says the group is hesitating on selecting a producer for the album. "At this point I want to keep it real basic so that the songwriting structure is real strong and the melodies and hooks are really good," he explains. "And then we'll let a producer come in and put his flair on it."

In the mean time Reznik and the other members of the Goo are enjoying having their own studio. "I can't deny the fact that I'm like, 'Wow, this is ours. We don't have to pay somebody else for it,'" he says. "We're still shelling out money every day to keep it open, but at least it's ours."

He finds that owning a studio allots more time to expand the band's sound, "You can get caught up in the experimentation. Like, 'I can plug this into that into that and get this sound no one's ever heard before.' But does anybody want to hear it? That's always the question."

In the meantime, fans of the band can look forward to the group's Greatest Hits Volume Two, a CD/DVD set filled with rarities, due in stores June 17.

Source: http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?t=p&id=672223
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