The Vines have overcome the traumas of recent years and completed their third album. The band have just ended a four-week stint in Sydney's BJB studios with producer Wayne Connerly, and made an album he says is "edgier and wilder".
The sessions mark a return to action for The Vines, who looked on the verge of collapse when frontman Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with asperger's syndrome.
"There's a bunch of different styles on this record", Connerly told NME. "Craig's got a bit of that space-rock stuff, but he's also got some intense wild punk rock. There's some pop stuff with strings too. He's always been a big fan of that lush production."
Working titles include "Nothing's Coming", "Any Sound" and "Take Me Back". Relations within the band are fine too, says Connerly.
"The morale's been great. Craig doesn't really devote himself to the serious issues of the day, he devotes most of his energy to hiding behind doors and scaring people. It's great to see his eccentric, playful side."
Bassist Patrick Matthews has played no role in the making of the album since his side project Youth Group took off. However, the rest of the band say he's welcome to rejoin them if he wants to.
The album is expected to be released next year, though management have gone on record as saying that the band will "never" go on a traditional tour again.
I can totally imagine Craig jumping from behind a door and go "BOOOOOOOO!!" *giggles*