OneRepublic guitarist Zach Filkins told Alternative Addiction during a recent interview that the band has started working on their third album, their follow up to 2009's hit album "Waking Up."
“The big thing that we are talking about now is a third album,” said Filkins during a phone interview from Italy. “We’ve been playing the songs on Waking Up for a while, and I think we are all beginning to feel like we are ready to have something new coming up.”
Filkins explained that the band is finding musical inspiration from the sights and sounds of their current European tour, much of which the band will draw from for tracks on the third album.
“It definitely sparks the creativity being on the road and seeing different places, hearing different music,” explained Filkins. “That always gets our creativity going. We are at the point now where all of us have these super nerdy mobile studios. So if anyone has any ideas they can just run off to their hotel room and lay something down.”
As for the overall sound of the as-of-yet-untitled third album, Filkins says that fans can expect the band to refine their sound, much in the same way they did for Waking Up, following the release of their debut Dreaming Out Loud. The refined sound, according to Filkins, had a lot to do with the band avoiding the sophomore slump on their last record.
“If we were to have tried to just re-create “Apologize” I don’t think it would have come off as genuine,” said Filkins of the band’s changing sound. “I think that a lot of the bands that are still out there are the ones that have constantly evolved and reinvented themselves every time they release a new album.”
On the band’s third album, Filkins says fans should expect the band to continue their evolved sound. “Instead of trying to rip ourselves off on every album, we are still going to be us, we’re not going to [change to the point where we] lose all of our fans, but we are going to re-invent ourselves and improve our sound.”
OneRepublic released their final single from Waking Up last month, the track “Good Life,” which is the follow up to the massively successful singles “All The Right Moves” and “Secrets.”
Provided the song has similar success as the previous singles, the band expects to play one final tour in 2011 in support of Waking Up before turning their attention solely to writing their third album.
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