The Buffalo rock band put out its ninth record, titled "Something for the Rest of Us," last year, and bassist Robby Takac says the band is working on new material but offered neither 2011 nor 2014 as a potential release date.
In a phone interview leading to the band's Cincinnati show Wednesday, Takac answered questions about releasing records and his relationship with Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik.
Question: You guys had a respectable career going in the early '90s before you broke through big with "Name." Do you think the band could have survived on that non-mainstream level playing smaller clubs?
Answer: I think at some point, we probably would have decided that we wanted to have a car or a job or a girlfriend or something like that. I don't know. That's hard to say. Every victory we had for years was very small, so seeing your name in a CBGB's ad years and years ago, you never thought it was gonna get bigger than that. You have that moment. Then you have another moment. Then you have another moment. And before you know it, you've built up a career. It's pretty cool.
Q: Where is the band in the process of making a new record?
A: Songwriting process right now. We're recording a little by little it seems. We're planning on adding one of the newer songs to the set for this summer, which is kinda cool. We've never really done that before.
Q: The band is on what's essentially a pace of a releasing a record every four years. Why is that, and will it change?
A: Every year we say we're not gonna take this long. One thing leads to another and four years later we have a record coming out. I think right now it's just about having stuff out there, stuff to talk about constantly. People's attention spans are a little shorter than they used to be, which is unbelievable to me, because when I was growing up it seemed like people had the attention span of circus monkeys too. But apparently they're shorter now, so you got to keep reminding them that you're around and keep hitting them with new stuff.
Q: You and John have been making music together for 25 years. Do you guys have to work at having a positive relationship, or do you have natural chemistry?A: Some days it's great, some days it's miserable. I think if everyone has a common good of what's going on in their minds, it's a lot easier to come to a common decision about what's going on. Not necessarily take each decision as how it affects you in particular, not let that dictate what's going on. I think that's a big part of how we keep this thing rolling along.