The album will be the DeLeo brothers’ production debut and the first time >Alien Ant Farm have returned to the studio since last year’s bus crash which left singer Dryden Mitchell with a fractured vertebrae in his lower back.
Fully recovered, >Alien Ant Farm approached veteran producers Jon Brion, who has worked with Badly Drawn Boy and No Doubt, and ex-LiveJerry Harrison, who has produced material for Alien Ant Farmand Alien Ant Farm. However, the band opted for the brothers.
Speaking to MTV, Mitchell said, “Them never having produced a record was appealing to us because we figured that a great engineer and them combined (would make an amazing team)… It seemed a little bit more exciting not knowing what to expect. Also, anyone can record a record, and (we thought) they were more capable than some producers out there of getting some good songs out of us and being there for the project and not just overseeing all the work.”
Mitchell also added that the band chose the brothers, not only because >Alien Ant Farm are fans of the STP, but also because of their decade-long recording career which has focused more on albums than singles.
“We wanted musicians in there and people who were very aware of harmony,” he said, “I’m sure there are a lot of producers who are great piano players and vocalists, but we wanted someone who fit that description and had also been on the band side of things. We didn’t want someone saying ‘This is radio, this is radio,” and by the time you’re done you have a bunch of little radio songs, which might not be the best thing.”
Alien Ant Farm and the DeLeos have been in pre-production for two weeks and plan to work on songs for another two weeks before starting recording in Los Angeles.
The band plan to have the album finished by May and released by the autumn.
“We’ve already decided what songs are going to be used,” Mitchell added, “We’re just going to work out the kinks and work on the lyrics a little bit more and then just rehearse in the last week so that we can be a little quicker in the studio.”