Sounds like it. Billboard recently talked to Colin Meloy about the band’s anticipated sixth album, The King Is Dead when Meloy mentioned that he’d been slowly working on a musical. The musical, he says, was going to be about miners in Butte, Montana at the turn of the century. And he already had a big producer tied to it: “It happens that the director Michael Mayer, who directed Green Day’s American Idiot musical on Broadway, is the guy that got me going about doing a musical,” Meloy told Billboard. “We’re still talking and there’s potential for a musical down the line, for sure.”
“Rox In The Box,” one of the tracks from the musical he put aside, ended up on The King Is Dead.