U2 Going Back to Punk-Rock Roots on New Album


Story by Cat Badra

U2’s Bono says the band went back to its late-‘70s, punk-rock roots on their upcoming album

U2 are on target to release their follow-up to 2009’s “No Line on the Horizon” later this year, and last night (Feb. 2), the band launched its new song, “Invisible,” during a commercial about a new partnership between the (RED) charity and Bank of America that broadcast during the Super Bowl.

As for the style of the upcoming album, Bono recently told USA Today that the new music was somewhat inspired by the punk-rock sounds that first influenced U2 as a band.

“We went back to the reason we wanted to be a band in the first place,” he said.  “We started listening to music from the late ’70s, remembering our early trips to London.” Bono added that the album will offer “some very different moods, and some extraordinary guitar stuff out of Edge.”

Bono also stated that while most of the album will be produced by superstar producer Danger Mouse, the band “might experiment with some new people” behind the knobs for some of the project, too. He’s hoping the full album will arrive this summer.

Meanwhile, U2’s new song, “Invisible,” is available as a free digital download via iTunes through 11:59 p.m. EST today (Feb. 3). For every download, the Global Fund, via (RED), will score a $1 donation from Bank of America (up to $2 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Invisible,” Bono said, is not the first single from the upcoming album, but it’s the first song the guys finished and it will appear on the upcoming release.



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