Baby Animals are working on their fifth studio album set for release later this year and frontwoman Suze DeMarchi says recording is likely to start as early as March.
She also admits to being inspired by death as she writes the new music.
“Weirdly there’s a lot of death around me at the moment so I’m trying to not be too maudlin and not look at death in a way that’s really dark, because it shouldn’t be dark,” DeMarchi told AAP.
Affected by the deaths of people who aren’t in her immediate family but connected to her friends, she said she’s trying to look at death in a different way.
“As a culture we’re not really sure how to deal with it. We’re not really schooled in it. We’re afraid of it,” she said.
“It’s a cycle so we should have a better idea of how to deal with it all, but it seems to come along and just spins everyone out and we forget, we’re sad that someone’s gone, but it’s the process.”
Enjoying the Baby Animals’ second wind, she says she looks forward to nothing more than touring and getting back out on the road.
There’s easily another 10 years left in the band, she says, almost 30 years on from their formation, and she thinks they’ll even last for another 20 years.
“In 20 years I’ll only be 72 so I’ve got heaps of time. The Rolling Stones are still having a ball, they’re still making amazing music,” she said.
The only difference for Baby Animals now, according to DeMarchi is that they don’t party as hard as they used to.
“We probably went crazier before and I can’t move my head up and down, I’ve got to go from side to side now because my neck is wrecked, but that’s about it,” she said.
In 2013, Baby Animal released This Is Not The End, their first album of original music in 20 years, and it made it into the top 20 on the ARIA charts.
By March, DeMarchi hopes they’ll be back in the studio to record their next one.
Before that, they’re going out on the road celebrating 25 years since the release of hit song One Word.
* February 3 – Rooty Hill RSL , Sydney
* February 4 – The Metro, Sydney
* February 17 – The Charles Hotel, Perth
* February 24 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
* March 4 – Clipsal 500, Adelaide
* March 17 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
* March 18 – Twin Towns, Gold Coast