Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has begun work on his debut solo album. "I've started the writing, but it's such a long step between even having the songs and knowing what I want them to sound like and how I want to be represented," he said. "I think I'm not going to know until me and [producer] Matt [Serletic] get into the studio and start fresh."
The process of writing for a solo project as opposed to a band is a liberating one, he says. "First of all, it doesn't have to have two guitars, a bass and a drum on every song. After a while you want to try something different. It's all about not having a framework that you have to fit into. It doesn't have to sound like a band."
Thomas says he expects the album to come out at the end of 2004 or the beginning of 2005 via Atlantic. As for the other members of matchbox twenty, guitarist Kyle Cook is working on an album with his band the New Left. Drummer Paul Doucette is making a solo album as well and recently scored Moon Zappa's short film, "Ugly," while guitarist Adam Gaynor "has been talking to some people about writing," according to Thomas.
"In between records, that's our time to have another musical identity than just the five of us together," he said in December. "In between records, everybody's gone out and worked with other people and done something else. Whenever we came back, we brought those new experiences back with us, and we became a better band."