Skillet Releasing New Single In May

Skillet frontman John Cooper has confirmed to Backstage Entertainment that the band will share a new single in May, followed by a full new album this summer. Cooper revealed, "Just listened to mixes today as we speak. Got a few more -- nitpicking, I guess, with the mixes. But they're almost done. The record will be done any day now (and) released this summer. We have a single coming in May, and I hope it's good (laughs)."

Cooper continued, "Sometimes, when you work on a record for a long time, you do get kind of, like, 'Okay, I thought this was good a year ago, and I hope it's still good.' But it's unnerving, especially when you wait for three years. The longer you wait, the more epic it has to be -- like waiting for a sequel."

Cooper told us that Skillet always wants to strike the right balance with its sound every time it makes a new album: "You're kind of trying to weigh this thing between, you want to do something that's new as an artist and something that's fresh, something that people don't expect, but at the same time, it can't be so new and so different that people don't want to play the song."

The bassist and singer revealed that he and his wife, Skillet keyboardist/guitarist Korey Cooper, produced "the bulk" of the LP on their own, adding that it was the first Skillet record the pair have produced in "a long, long time...that's pretty exciting for us."

Skillet is touring overseas at the moment but will appear at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida on May 4th.