During a brand new interview with Death And Taxes, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell spoke about the recording and songwriting approach for the band’s new material, to be made available either late this year or in early 2015.
“[For] the first time in that many years, since we did ‘Slang’, we’re actually going to try to record that way again. Rick‘s [Allen, drums] going to play an acoustic kit and we’re going to play in real time. People have been doing it that way for 50 years, but for DEF LEPPARD, this is new and exciting and to actually go and record as a real band.
“We usually record to a drum machine, one guy at a time, very slow and methodical and boring. But LEPPARD‘s a great, great live band, and when we play live, there’s a real dynamic sense that we don’t get when we’re building the track bit by bit by bit. So we’re excited about that. We’re basically songwriting and recording while we go. We won’t get a new album done this year, but we’re hoping to get a song or two or three done over the next couple of months.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen revealed that the band has plans to record both an EP and full-length album. He explained: “An album would obviously take too long, so we’re gonna do about four or five songs, get those out and then [later in the] year have an album come out, so it’ll be an EP and an album.”
Campbell explained to Billboard that DEF LEPPARD‘s next release will likely see them delivering elements of their classic tunes while also delving into new territory.
“The band is successful for a certain sound,” said Campbell. “It’s a brand like Coca-Cola and you’ve got to give the people what they expect. At the same time, you have to move on.”