Enlarge Poppy at Brooklyn Steel, February 6, 2020. Photo Credit: Jason Bailey for MetalSucks

Poppy is “About 95% Done” with New Album


Metal crossover star Poppy has made the most of her year at home, utilizing the time to not only write an entire new album, but to head into the studio and commit it to tape.

In a new chat with Spin, Poppy says her next release — one of many different “projects” currently in the works — “has a completely different sonic vibe” than anything she’s done before, and that she recorded it live in the studio with her touring band last month.

Speaking on some material she previously mentioned working on back in March when the pandemic ground the world to a halt, she said:

“I still intend on releasing what I was doing in March, but it morphed into something else. I actually have my hand in a couple of projects at the moment. But one of them is about 95 percent done, and I am itching to release that. About a month ago in L.A., I got my touring band together, and we got to record a new album. It was a process I’d never experienced but knew I always wanted to do. It was very organic.

“‘I Disagree‘ was written over the span of about a year. It was done in the studio: live guitar and vocals, but everything else in the box. This whole experience and approach was completely new, and the producer is someone I really respect and have wanted to work with for a number of years. I can talk about that at a different point. But I was able to get my band together and learn the songs I wrote in a very confined space and time, about things that are very close to me. We tracked it all live in a room. It has a completely different sonic vibe. We’re doing the last touches on it now.

Poppy (née Moriah Rose Pereira) said that she won’t be singing about the pandemic on her next release, calling that approach “cringy” and opting instead to cover life experiences that will age better:

“There’s no mention of quarantine or lockdown or any of those things in the songs. I think we all know where we’ve all been for the last nine months. I don’t need to beat people over the head about that — we all know what happened. [laughs] The songs are just very personal to me — they’re about a span of two years.”

Later in the chat Poppy reveals she’s been watching the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, sharing that she was in her school’s chess club for three years when she was younger. You can read the full interview here.

I Disagree came out this year, as hard as that is to believe. Watch the video for the title track below.

Poppy’s summer tour supporting Deftones and Gojira has been rescheduled to fall 2021.

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