TV on the Radio are working on new music and have started to lay down some songs in the studio. Programmer/producer Kyp Malone, multi-instrumentalist Dave Sitek and singer Tunde Adebimpe got together at Sitek’s Los Angeles studio in the last week of March and “finished a couple” of tracks.
“I’m not sure what’s gonna be out when, but there’s new stuff coming,” Adebimpe told Spin. “We’re sort of collecting material for a record, but right now, we’re only thinking in terms of songs, smaller things we can put out regularly until an album seems possible.”
Adebimpe found the short burst a liberating creative process. “It’s not that you’re less precious about the process, but I like coming in and saying, ‘Let’s make a couple songs,’ not feeling any sort of pressure to lock ourselves in a room,” he said. “I don’t think anyone has the space [in their lives] to do that ever again.”
The new songs fell into place quickly because of the band’s familiarity with each other. “There’s actually no more room for too much messing around, or for any kind of negativity,” Adebimpe said. “I think what happens with bands is it’s like being around your family too much. ‘I don’t have a reason to dislike you but suddenly I do.’ You need to give yourself space.”
After releasing their last album, 2011’s Nine Types of Light, on Interscope, the artful rockers are back on the indie side with Sitek’s own Federal Prism label. Sitek and Federal Prism are set to release a TV on the Radio single this year. Also, the band is still sorting out bass duties following Gerard Smith’s death in April 2011.
TV on the Radio have plenty lined up on top of new music: they’re set to play New York’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival on April 27th, and they’re curating the May 10th-12th edition of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England. Adebimpe has also formed the Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, who will also play the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival and plan on releasing five songs this summer or early fall.