Back when Songs Of Innocence came out in 2014, U2 said that it would be followed by a companion album, Songs Of Experience. It’s been a bit, but the band is still working on the record, which is expected to come out sometime this year. In a new interview with Q magazine (via DIY), they said that they were completing it during the downtime between legs of their Innocence + Experience Tour.
The Edge compared the process to how they made 1993’s Zooropa, and added that Zooropa producer Brian Eno “would love to see us making albums a bit more like that. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’ I think there’s a quality you get when there’s a certain momentum to the process.”
Bono also credited his bike accident for the new record’s quick progress: The gift of it was that I had time to write while in the mentality that you get to at the end of an album. There is a reason why all the great groups made their best albums while in and around touring, because the ideas have to come out of your head.”