Speaking to Guitar Player magazine (via Contact Music), Townshend said: “As far as a new record, it does take quite a lot of time to put together the 20 or 30 songs that are needed for both Roger and I and any producer that we might be working with to cherry-pick the ones that fit the times.
“Because you write the songs, and then two years later you’re putting them all out, and you just hope that you’re going to hit the mood of the moment.”
He added: “A lot of artists now are writing songs at home, recording them at home and putting them out within weeks.
“But our process is the old-fashioned way, and it does take a lot of time. So I don’t know, but I am optimistic. And I’m certainly full of ideas.”
Back in February, Townshend said he had “pages and pages of draft lyrics” for a potential new Who album to be released post-lockdown. “If the moment comes, I’ll go in and start,” he said.
Reviewing ‘WHO’, the band’s first album in 13 years, NME wrote: “‘WHO’ either recaptures the band’s root ferocity or explores new territory with style: the smoky tango of ‘She Rocked My World’, with Daltrey growling like Tom Waits on Viagra, or ‘Break The News’, a folk rocker with a contemporary Mumford crunch.
“Keep denying that curtain, boys, we’ll tell you when you finally get old.”