5 Seconds of Summer vocalist Michael Clifford talked with Billboard about the band’s upcoming third album that was supposed to be released in 2017. He mentioned that we can expect to hear something off of the album in the “really, really early” part of 2018.

Here’s what he had to say:

“Our fans were pretty pissed off that we didn’t give them an update about releasing an album this year because towards the start of the year, we were pretty positive we’d have an album out by the end of [2017]. With timing, it just didn’t end up working, but we’re definitely gonna have the album out next year.

“It’s coming along really well. It’s taking a really long time to perfect the new sound and direction we’re taking. I think the reason it’s taken so long is because we haven’t just wanted to get it to a place where we’re, like, happy… We want it to be perfect. I think when all the new stuff comes out, it’s like a departure of our old sound but it still keeps elements of all of the things we liked about it. It was just time for us to change. The studio’s been awesome. We’ve just been slaving away, living in there. We’re at a point now where we’re almost ready to put out our first single.”

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