December 5, 2013 16:02

Alabama Shakes confirm they've nearly finished recording new album

The band say second LP is 'tonally and sonically' better than their 2012 debut

Alabama Shakes confirm they've nearly finished recording new album

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Alabama Shakes have confirmed that they've nearly finished recording their second album.

The band have revealed that they recently finished tracking the LP, which will be the follow up to their 2012 debut 'Boys & Girls'.

Speaking about the sound of the new material, drummer Steve Johnson said the album would be "tonally and sonically" better than their debut.

"We just have a better grasp on what we're doing in the studio now," he told Miami New Sounds. "And as far as the songs go, I think a lot of people want to expect a 'Boys & Girls Volume 2' almost, more digging into Southern soul or something like that, and the songs that are coming out now, they're different. I feel like we've progressed in growing as songwriters, and while they're different in that respect, it's still not unbelievable that it's the same band. It still sounds like Alabama Shakes, just experimenting with other sounds."

When asked what fans could expect from the material, he added: "Umm... Space odyssey! [Laughs] Futuristic, uh, laser beams!"

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