Swedish rockers EUROPE will begin laying down their next studio album in May of 2023
In a new talk with “The Chuck Shute Podcast“, EUROPE guitarist John Norum discussed when the band plans to commence work on the follow-up to 2017’s “Walk The Earth” album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We’re gonna start working. The plan is to start recording in May. So we are writing right now as we speak; everyone is writing new songs. And I’m really looking forward to this tour now too, stating next week, in South America. We’re doing Argentina, Brazil, Chile.”
Norum’s comments come after EUROPE singer Joey Tempest told “Behind The Vinyl” about two months ago that the group were set to begin recording their new album next year, saying: “together with a documentary we hope [to have] out in the autumn — a EUROPE documentary [and] a box set, hopefully, of all the albums. But definitely a 40th-anniversary tour [for the first EUROPE album],” he said. “We don’t feel like we wanna compete too much without a new album, so what we’re gonna do is we want to record new music and release one or two [pieces] of new music next year, and then will be the big release the following year. That’s at least what we’re planning right now. ‘Cause there’s so much going on next year. And [we want to] focus on the documentary and the 40th-anniversary tour and some other things.”
When Joey was asked if the box set would contain any previously unreleased material, Joey replied: “We haven’t gotten that far, because the thing with EUROPE is we don’t have that much extra stuff. Some bands have loads. Of course we can [include] live stuff — we can do that — but from the studio, there’s not much. We’ve been boring like that. We come in with 12 songs and we come out with 12 songs. How did that happen? We should have 20 and taken 10 and kept 10. So, whether there’s gonna be new songs involved in that, I don’t think so. But the box set will a great vinyl box set with all the records, hopefully. Whether we put something else in there, we have to talk about it.
“”Walk The Earth” was released in October 2017 via Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music).