New album should be out in October of 2009. On this new one we had a lot of help from producer Ted Hutt. He did the last Gaslight Anthem record. He really pushed me songwriting wise. It was cool having somebody that involved in the whole process.
He also commented on the "Sailors and Soldiers" theme of the record:
The ocean and ships are romantic. Maybe especially so because there aren't either anywhere near Memphis. The army songs are mainly inspired by my grandfather who served in an infantry unit in Europe in WWII. But since then I've met a lot of guys in the service and some of them have worked their way into songs as well. Like "Last Night in Town.
Check out the entire interview here.
The record is the follow up to Rebels, Rogues, & Sworn Brothers from 2006. In the intervening years, Nichols released a solo EP. The EP is based around the novel, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.