By Jessica Goodman
Updated June 19, 2015 at 06:26 PM EDT
Credit: S. Savenok/Getty Images

Dashboard Confessional hasn’t released a new album since 2009’s Alter the Ending, but that’s going to change soon, according to frontman Chris Carrabba. “It really feels like we’re eager to write, which means there’s probably a new record coming out,” he tells EW. “Who am I kidding? There’s a new record coming.”

Dashboard are currently co-headlining a summer tour with Third Eye Blind, and Carabba says that the shows made him realize an album is the next step for the band. “This tour has led us to say, ‘All we want to do is tour.’ The next stop comes [new music].”

When asked if he thought there needed to be another Dashboard Confessional record, he says. “I need it like I need chocolate and beer. Like I need love and a skateboard and… I just need it.”

Fans of Dashboard’s earliest albums, The Swiss Army Romance (2000), The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most (2001) and A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003), will be pleased to know Carrabba has no plans of changing the band’s “emo” sound. “We will sound like what we sound like,” he says. “With every record we like to take a step forward. We just make a step forward. You make a record off what you learn on the last tour.”

Though there’s no exact timeline in place, Carrabba says, “I imagine I’ll probably start writing any minute now. I don’t know when it starts to sound like, ‘This is what we want it to sound like.’ For a 12-song record it can be as short as 10 days, or as long as three months, or as long as two years.”