In a series of tweets early this morning (April 13), the band announced that drummer Chris Bear had welcomed a new baby, gave their support to U.S. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and then informed followers that they would finally be starting work on the new album in the very near future.
UPDATE (5/4, 11 a.m.): The band's Ed Droste has now taken to his Instagram to state Grizzly Bear will start to "officially record" their new album on June 1.
1: Chris Bear had a beautiful baby 2: We are starting to record the new album next month with tons of songs! 3: we playing a Bernie Rally— Grizzly Bear (@grizzlybear) April 13, 2016
We love ❤️ all! We r passionate to make amazing music for years to come! And we are passionate about changing the political system in the US— Grizzly Bear (@grizzlybear) April 13, 2016
Thanks so much to all of you all that still care! We are ready to unleash a fresh album and hopefully under a fresh government! Love! ❤️❤️❤️— Grizzly Bear (@grizzlybear) April 13, 2016
I just want you to know, politics aside , we are all super excited to record this new album next month. We feel great about it, and excited— Grizzly Bear (@grizzlybear) April 13, 2016
Last year, the band's frontman Ed Droste revealed that a couple new songs were in the works and described the upcoming material, saying: "We're feeling more adventurous with the sonic directions, changing it up a little bit — not like, a techno dance album…it's in the beginning stages."
He also commented on the anxiety caused by the bi-coastal divide between band members. "When I'm stressed about it, I have to remember that every time we try to do a new album I have huge anxiety," he said. "Every time it's like, 'Woah, that was a crazy process, we have to do something different.'"
Since releasing their last album, members of the band have been keeping busy contributing to Grateful Dead tributes, whipping up cookbooks and getting chased off the internet by rabid Swifties.
While we wait for further details on the upcoming record, relive the video for Shields cut "Yet Again" below.