TMBG's Upcoming 24th Album

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Studio album by They Might Be Giants
First released TBA Tracks TBA Last album BOOK
Label Idlewild Recordings Length TBA
John and John in the studio in 2021
John and John in the studio in 2023
John and John recording vocals in 2023

The 24th studio album by They Might Be Giants is currently in production.


John Flansburgh and John Linnell began mentioning their work on the next album in interviews during BOOK's press cycle, such as this quote from John Flansburgh in an October 18, 2021 Stereogum interview:

Writing and recording and doing this stuff, it's such a strange compulsion for us, and it's something that we do whether we're prompted to or not. I mean, we're actually working in earnest right now on the next album, and this album [BOOK] hasn't even come out yet. So it is something that we just do. But that's healthy. I think having a laboratory environment for your songwriting and whatever your creative process is, treating it like it's just one big experiment is a great way to work, and it's a great way to feel.

The first studio photos and clips from the album's production were posted on the @tmbgofficial Instagram on October 2 & 3, 2021[1][2][3][4][5][6], with more six months later on April 12, 2022[7]. On the November 18, 2022 edition of the annual They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants radio show, John Flansburgh mentioned during a call-in interview that he had to finish a song that night called "You Heart Your Bad Attitude,"[8] though he did not mention if it was an album-bound track.

The next studio session days referenced on TMBG's social media came in early 2023, with photos and posts on February 15, 16, 23, 28 and March 1.[9][10][11][12][13] In an interview published March 8, John Linnell mentioned that they were making progress on recording the next album:

I think we've got about ten tracks that are done, or tracked anyway. But ideally, we get like, 20 or 30 songs together before we even decide what the album should be made up of. In the past, I think the best albums we've made, we got like, 30 songs finished, and then we picked the best ones to put on the album. Or the ones that go together as an album, I guess is a better way of putting it. We're not even halfway through that process, but we are busy. We’re very busy working on stuff, and I'm pretty happy with what we've got so far.

In November 2023, the band returned to the studio to "continue our musical efforts for 2024's release schedule," according to their email newsletter. A photo featuring a miniature figure of Linnell behind a studio microphone was posted to Instagram on November 14.[14] On December 7, Mark Pender posted a photograph of himself, Stan Harrison and Dan Levine in the studio recording for TMBG.[15]

Potential songs for inclusion[edit]