Bono wants U2 to release a 'noisy, uncompromising, unreasonable guitar album' like AC/DC

Bono says the band caught a 'progressive-rock virus' and 'we needed a vaccine'
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U2 frontman Bono has given fans an update on the band's long-awaited Songs Of Ascent album, first teased back in 2009, saying the record is just about done, but they've got something else to get off their chests beforehand.

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In a new interview with the New York Times, U2's Bono revealed that the group had a "noisy, uncompromising, unreasonable guitar album" that they would like to offer up before dropping the follow-up to 2014's Songs Of Innocence and 2017's Songs Of Experience.

In recent years, Bono says, they made "mistakes," which allowed a "progressive-rock virus" into their systems, "and we needed a vaccine." The group's straightforward Pop approach, "the discipline of our songwriting, the thing that made U2 — top-line melody, clear thoughts — had gone," he adds.

“With the band, I was like, this is not what we do, and we can only do that experimental stuff if we have the songwriting chops," Bono went on to explain. "So we went to songwriting school, and we’re back and we’re good! Over those two albums, ‘Songs Of Innocence and Experience’, our songwriting returned."

"Now," Bono continued, "we need to put the firepower of rock ‘n’ roll back. I don’t know who is going to make our f**k-off rock ‘n’ roll album," he says, You almost want an AC/DC, you want [producer] Mutt Lange. The approach. The discipline. The songwriting discipline. That’s what we want."

While there's no word of when the noise album would be available, don't expect it to just show up on your phone. Bono, addressing the not-so-innocent arrival of their 2014 album in people's music devices in his new memoir, first equated the automatic download of their Songs Of Innocence that year to Santa Claus knocking over a few bricks on his way down the chimney, "quite quickly we realised," he said, they'd "bumped into a serious discussion about the access of big tech to our lives."

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