In spring 2014, Hoobastank started working on their sixth studio album, the followup to 2012’s Fight Or Flight. They shared plenty of studio updates between March and June, but once touring recommenced that summer, the new music was put on hold. After months with no news about the next album, in April frontman Doug Robb was ready to talk about the upcoming music. In a few interviews, he revealed that they had 30 songs written and demoed, more than they’d ever had for an album before. He also mentioned two song titles.
Now Hoobastank is touring the US, and an interviewer in Minnesota caught up with Doug. Doug said he’d hoped they could play some new songs at the concert that night, but the new music isn’t quite ready yet. Bummer! He also talked about how far along they are in the recording process:
We’ve been writing and demoing songs for a long time now. We have a lot of demoed song ideas. I say ideas because you never know what happens to them once a producer gets ahold of them. We’ve taken some meetings with producers. We’ve actually even started recording some of it with some producers, trying to figure out what feels right. I think it’s time to kind of narrow it down and make a choice, pick a guy or girl and go and get this all done.
It sounds like Hoobastank is ready to start officially recording the new album! With any luck, we’ll hear the new record sometime in 2016.
Watch the full interview below. Doug starts talking about new music around the 4:15 mark:
Hoobastank is still fairly early in the recording process, and we most likely won’t hear their sixth album until sometime next year. In the meantime, we have more studio sneak peeks to look forward to as they continue working on the new music.
Stay up-to-date on the new album over on our recording page. Keep checking back here for all the latest Hoobastank music news.