Nearly two weeks ago, it was reported that Pennywise were forced to push back the release of their next album to 2011, due to commitments with this year’s Warped Tour. In an interview with Broward-Palm Beach New Times, gutiarist Fletcher Dragge sets the record straight:
“We’re kinda hoping for pre-Christmas, but it’s looking like first of the year, somewhere around the beginning January hopefully at this point, with the way that everything’s going and scheduling.”
Fletcher was also asked if Pennywise were finished writing new songs and have been in the studio recording them:
“We actually just keep writing. We write all the way until we get in the studio, ’cause you never know when you’re gonna come up with a song. We’ve come up with songs the day before we walk into the studio that end up being title tracks on the record. But there are a lot of bands that just pick like 10 songs or 12 songs, and they keep on working on them and working on them until they get good enough to put on the albums, but we just keep writing and writing. Probably at this point we have about 40 or 50 songs. Yeah, it’s crazy. We just get a verse and a chorus together, basically, and if that passes the test, then we build a branch and an alto and throw in all that stuff. So then we do like half the song, and if we like it, we’ll keep working on it. We have lots to choose from that way. We’re constantly trying to better what we already have.”
Whenever the new record comes out, not only will it be the follow-up to 2008’s Reason to Believe, but it will also be the band’s first release with Ignite’s Zoli Teglas as the replacement for original vocalist Jim Lindberg, who left the band last year and is now in The Black Pacific.