SOIL bassist Tim King has confirmed to Ryze-Up Magazine that the band is making plans to begin work on the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's "Whole" album. "We were actually just talking about that a few weeks ago," he said (hear audio below). "In August, it'll be five years since we put out a studio record, so we definitely looked at each other and said, 'We've gotta get off and really finish these songs…' 'Cause we have a bunch of ideas and some pieces of songs and things like that that we've been working on for a long time. But nowadays, with technology and the availability of everything, everybody kind of scatters. We used to all live in Chicago and we'd go in a sweaty rehearsal space and spend hours jamming together and really pound out stuff really fast. As you get older, and the way the world works now, everybody can be scattered and all over the place, but to reel that in, and sending music across the Internet and stuff, we've gotta focus a little bit more. So I think we're gonna go back to the old-school way and just lock ourselves in a rehearsal room for an extended period of time."
He continued: "We've tried everything every different way under the sun, but for this band, getting in a nice, sweaty rehearsal space and being in front of each other and laughing and making jokes and bouncing ideas off each other, that's where we've always gotten our best material. So I think we're going to jump back into that and see what comes. If it's five songs, 10 songs, 15 songs will kind of dictate what kind of a release will be next — whether it be an EP or a full-length or a double album, or whatever comes out of us. But we're definitely long overdue for a new record, and that's gonna be the focus after we finish all the touring this year and into next."
SOIL's latest release was "Scream: The Essentials", which came out last September via Pavement Entertainment and AFM Records. The effort celebrated the band's 20-year career and featured early recordings as well as alternate versions and mixes.