DREDG Working On New Album Likely Due Out This Year
Last we heard from Dredg was in 2011 with their very non-rock record Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy. A lot of people really disliked that record, and Dredg just sort of disappeared after that. Now in a new interview with vocalist and guitarist Gavin Hayes, he says the band's hiatus was never a breakup, and that they're working on a new album they'd like to get out this year. The new material is about halfway or three quarters done, and Dredg is writing as a full band.
Hayes adds that after the new record is done and released, Dredg would definitely do a follow-up, though there's no real timetable for it.
“We love to play music together—that’s kind of the main thing. It’s just one of those things where I don’t ever really see us stopping. It’s just everyone kind of does their own thing for awhile and then we want to write again.
So, I think it was always in our minds that we were gonna do something else and a lot of people were saying ‘Oh, are you getting back together?’ or whatever. But I never really—and I don’t think any of us, to speak for the band—ever saw it as us breaking up.
It was just, everyone go live their lives and do their own thing. Mark started another band [Black Map] and everyone kind of branched out and lived their own separate life from the band, which I think is very healthy and down the road, I think, is best for longevity; even if we do have extended gaps between records and so on.
I think the goal is to get one out this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if we put another one out after that. Who knows, maybe that will be eight years from now, or ten or four. Who knows.
That’s I think just kinda how we’ve been. Obviously we’re not young anymore, so there’s a lot of other things that get in the way. But I don’t foresee… I see us as four people that love playing music and I don’t see why we would stop doing that.
There’s no reason to stop, it’s what we love to do and I think that we’ll continue to do so as long as we can.”
Dredg began teasing their "comeback" record late last year alongside a tour, though that teaser was literally one sentence dedicated to each of those things.
[via The PRP]