SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs has told MyGlobalMind that the band is contemplating returning to the studio soon to begin work on the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's "Whole" album. "We go through little phases of interest in writing," he said. "More so probably on this [most recent European] tour. We're five years removed from 'Whole'. Finally, there's been more talk on this tour. The bug to get into the studio and get stuff thrown out is stronger now that it's ever been for everybody."
SOIL's most recent release was last year's "Scream: The Essentials", which featured tracks from the and's humble beginnings, rise to fame, and also included alternate versions and mixes.
"'Scream' is what it was," McCombs told MyGlobalMind. "For us, it was a way to tip our hat to the people that have kept us around for 20 years.
"When we did 'Whole', we hadn't done anything together new, music-wise, in years," he explained. "One of the things that made us realize we were going to do it was when we were on the same page. We wanted to do an album and we wanted to keep control of it. We knew we wanted to work with Pavement Entertainment in their territories and Riot and AFM. We knew who we wanted to work with. We knew even the people within those teams that we wanted to work with. So we were able to handpick the team. There was no contractual obligation, there was no one that there was a contract with. It was something that we just did. It's one of those things. You sit there one day and you go, 'Man, we've been here for 20 fucking years. Huh.' And someone came up with the idea of doing a 20-year anniversary album. But at the same time, we wanted to do something just a little different."
"Scream: The Essentials" also included a cover version of the track "Gimme Some Lovin'", which originally made its onscreen debut in the cult classic motion picture "The Blues Brothers" in 1980. The SOIL members took it upon themselves to add their own personal touch to what was primarily a rhythm-and-blues-based song, and bring the song into a modern hard rock element. Another special track on the album was a version of the song "Give It Up" that featured the late Wayne Static from STATIC-X singing verses, choruses, and a bridge section.