Steel’s fourth album, which hit stores last month, has the potential to be one of the year’s most anticipated albums.
This isn’t to say it’s the best-selling album of the decade — it was, in fact, only #2 in the US for the entire year of 2012.
But the success of “Steel” has been a huge step for the band, which has been quietly expanding into more diverse territory.
“It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve played something like this, and it feels like I’ve been playing for a long, long time,” guitarist Corten Steel said in a recent interview.
“We’ve been working on songs for almost two years, and we’ve kind of been taking it one step at a time.”
“We kind of feel like we’ve been going in the direction of just being more vocal about what we’re trying to do and what we think of ourselves as,” added guitarist John Johnston.
“I think that we’re really enjoying the process of making the record.”
Steel’s third album, The Last of the Long, was released in 2012 and features the band’s first new song since 2011’s “Rage” and “Curse of the Silver King.”
It is the first album that the band has released since the release of 2011’s Let It Go.
Steel, who is still working on the new record, recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the challenges of expanding beyond his previous two albums.
“When you’re writing a record, there’s always that ‘how do I get the best out of this?’ question,” Steel said.
We’ve had a lot of people say to us, ‘Hey, you know what? “
And we’ve gotten a lot better at that, and this time, I think that’s really good.
We’ve had a lot of people say to us, ‘Hey, you know what?
We think you’re fucking awesome.’
And we’re like, ‘Well, yeah, we are.'”