Matchbox Twenty are set to release North, their fourth full-length studio album, on September 4th. The disc will be their first set of all-new material in a decade. The band – Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Brian Yale and Kyle Cook – wrote the album while sharing a house in Nashville and recorded it last summer with producer Matt Serletic at his Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California.
“The title refers to us finding our way,” Doucette tells Rolling Stone. “We went into this record with a lot of material. Many different songs that could have taken us in many different directions. It sort of overwhelmed us for a bit. But, at a certain point, we figured it out. We figured out where ‘North’ was.”
“She’s So Mean,” the LP’s first single, is scheduled for release next month. Other songs slated to appear on the record include “Overjoyed” and “Put Your Hands Up.”
Matchbox Twenty have been laying low in recent years. Their most recent record was the 2007 compilation Exile on Mainstream, which featured six new songs along with a selection of hits from their previous albums. Frontman Rob Thomas released two solo albums, 2005’s . . . Something to Be and 2009’s Cradlesong, in the time since the band released their last full record, More Than You Think You Are, in 2002.