With demos already in hand, the Echo & The Bunnymen braintrust — frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant — will begin recording their 12th studio album within the next six weeks with Killing Joke bassist Youth likely sitting in as producer, the band announced today.
The news came via a short post to the Bunnymen’s official Facebook page, and is consistent with what McCulloch told The Quietus back in March as he described plans by himself and Sergeant to reconvene after a couple years’ worth of solo projects and occasional touring in an effort to get a new record out by year’s end. McCulloch at the time said the record will be called The Garden of Meedin’.
The album will be band’s first since 2009′s The Fountain.
Although McCulloch and Sergeant have continued to perform as the Bunnymen, they’ve recorded separately for the past couple years. McCulloch last year released a fan-funded studio album called Pro Patria Mori that recent was reissued next month in a 2CD package titled Holy Ghosts that also features a live album, which was produced and mixed by Youth.
And Sergeant released an instrumental solo album and has recorded a new album with his former bandmate Les Pattinson as the instrumental group Poltergeist.
Read the Bunnymen’s full statement about their new album:
Ian and Will are to commence recording of the New EATB album in the next six weeks. Demos have been made and it looks like Youth will be at the production helm. Will will keep you updated.
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS:
- Video: Ian McCulloch on writing ‘The Killing Moon,’ aka ‘the greatest song ever written’
- Ian McCulloch: New Echo & The Bunnymen album due out before the end of the year
- Ian McCulloch unveils ‘Holy Ghosts’ 2CD set with studio album, live orchestral reworkings
- Echo & The Bunnymen spinoff Poltergeist announces debut album ‘Your Mind is a Box’
- Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch preps ‘Candleland,’ ‘Mysterio,’ ‘Slideling’ reissues
Looking forward to this album, Ian’s latest solo album is great!