Periphery have been pretty busy as of late. They just wrapped up a tour of Australia, have a huge North American headlining tour coming up, and the band has been working on a ton of music. So much so, that they have decided to put all of it out as two separate releases next year.
Guitarist Jake Bowen recently spoke to EspyRock.com about the two records. The first will be called Juggernaut, and will be a concept record. Bowen commented:
"It’s a cool story and the way he [guitarist Misha Mansoor] has it all mapped out and the way he is working with Spencer is just going to be really cool. It covers a lot of interesting topics and if anyone knows about the lyrical content of ‘Jetpacks Was Yes!‘ which was a song off our first album, then it has to do with that."
While the second album has no overall concept (or title at the moment), it seems that it will feature all the tracks that don't fit on the Juggernaut release. These seem to be tracks that the band maybe wrote while toying around. Bowen comments:
"The real reason is simply we have so much material and we feel like if we don’t get all of this material which we are sitting on out, then eventually we are not going to care for it anymore. We’re going to get tired of it and we don’t want that, we want to put it out and have it immortalized on a record then we can move on. We’re such prolific writers but it’s almost as curse as much as it is a blessing because we just constantly have so much material that we don’t know what we will do with it all."
I am honestly more interested in hearing the second release than the first, as it seems that will see more experimentation from the band. Don't get me wrong, I'm still really excited to hear what Juggernaut will sound like, and if this shitty live bootleg is any indication, it should be a good one.
For more on the releases and how the band plans to record them, check out the full interview.