According to Stone Temple Pilots' drummer Eric Kretz, the band's new album is complete, and it even features a flute solo for good measure.
"It's a beautiful record," Kretz told Loudwire Nights at Louder Than Life festival earlier this month. "It's different in that — every record we've done has some really hard-hitting songs and we usually open every album with it, whereas this one doesn't have loud, hard-hitting songs. We really tapped into an emotional side of ourselves and took it to do the whole record that way."
While Kretz doesn't want to call the upcoming LP an acoustic album, he admits there are a lot of acoustic guitars used, and even instruments that they've never used on an album before: "[There's] a wicked flute solo! It's so cool. We kind of tapped into our love of folk music that we grew up on in the '60s and '70s and put some lush electric guitars on top of that sound."
The album is yet to be titled, but is due out sometime next year. Kretz also mentioned the tour to support it will likely be different than their usual stuff as well.
When asked if they were looking for a new sound, he commented "It was very organic. Originally, we were gonna do a couple of songs...we just delved in to knock out a whole record back in March,"
"It was basically like painting in the studio, this record more so, because it was just so many beautiful layers of colors. It's just pure musicianship and beautiful songwriting."
Listen to the full interview in the video above.