Indie-rock heavyweights Grizzly Bear have provided additional confirmation of their return to the studio. “Starting to officially record new album June 1!” the band’s Ed Droste announced on Instagram early Wednesday. The still-untitled project will be the band’s fifth studio album and first since 2012’s Shields.
“We are starting to record the new album next month with tons of songs!” Grizzly Bear announced via Twitter in April, adding they’re “passionate to make amazing music for years to come!” The band, which stumped for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last month in New York, also affirmed their political engagement, nothing that they “are ready to unleash a fresh album and hopefully under a fresh government!”
Between them, the members of Grizzly Bear contribute three songs to the sprawling, 59-track Grateful Dead compilation Day of the Dead, due out later this month. Along with members of the National and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear shared their 17-minute cover of the Dead’s “Terrapin Station (Suite)” in April.