Uriah Heep have completed work on their new record 'Living The Dream' ahead of its release this autumn.
The influential rockers first announced they were due to commence work on the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Totally Driven’ last November, and, speaking in a fresh interview with 365 NY Portal, sole original member Mick Box confirmed they’ve now finished the record.
"It's recorded,” Mick said (via Blabbermouth). “We recorded it in January in 19 days with a Canadian producer called Jay Ruston, who's a marvellous guy. He's produced The Winery Dogs and Stone Sour; he's worked with Black Star Riders, with Europe. He's in Los Angeles now mixing it. We'll release it in September."
Uriah Heep fans can pre-order the album now via Pledge Music. Packages range from a £10 digital download to £500 for a Golden Ticket, which will guarantee you entry to all headlining dates on the Living The Dream tour together with one meet-and-greet with the band.
Elsewhere in his interview, Mick Box was asked whether he things the music industry has changed for the better over recent years.
"It's very hard to say, I think it's a bit of each,” Mick responded. “It's good that things are so immediate now, but it's also a disposable age where you can do everything with one button in your home, and it arrives the next morning, so there's no anticipation, no romanticism involved with the music. It's very disposable. That's the bad side of it.
“The good side is the immediacy, with Facebook and websites and Instagram and things, everything happens very quickly. In the old days, you used to wait six months for a fan letter, but now, it's six seconds, and you're in."
Mick also heaped praise on late Uriah Heep vocalist David Byron who fronted the band from their inception in 1969 to 1976, saying: "David was one of the best vocalists I've ever worked with, simply because he never just sang a song; he lived in the song.
“Therefore, it touched everyone that heard his voice, because he was very believable. I think that was his greatest asset. After that, he became a charismatic person, and he was a star 24/7. He never left it, whereas I can get up there, do my piece and come down and I'll be the same as anyone else. He couldn't - he had to live it."