Reporting Shannon Carlin
Leto revealed to MTV that band members spent most of last year trying to relax after their never-ending tour behind 2009’s This Is War that had them playing 300 shows and earning them a Guinness World Record for most shows performed during a single album cycle. But after releasing Artifact, Leto’s award-winning documentary about the making of their last album, and finally squashing the breakup rumors, which they managed to accidentally start themselves, Leto sat down and wrote nearly 70 songs for their new record.
The frontman called their upcoming release, their first new music in nearly four years, a “critical album” that shows the evolution of the band.
“This album is more of who we are than we have ever been before, and we’ve gone to an entirely new place, which is incredibly exciting,” he said. “And it’s provocative at the same time, because changes bring new opportunities, new challenges, a chance to learn.”
But even though it’s been mastered and they’re getting ready to preview their new intergalactic single, “Up In The Air” on March 18, the album’s actual release and other details are yet to be determined. Something the band doesn’t seem to mind, swearing it really will be worth the wait.
“We have the most incredible things to share with our fans,” Leto said. “It’s brand-new territory for us, both musically and creatively.”
Check out the band’s website for more details of its live broadcast from the International Space Station.