ZZ Top are set to release their first album since 2003’s Mescalero. The aptly titled La Futura comes out on September 11. The band hired veteran producer Rick Rubin to oversee the project, a partnership that has been trying at times, according to ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. La Futura has been four years in the making.
Gibbons says that Rubin was very upfront with how he works before they started the project. Gibbons told Music Radar, “He said if we were finding stones in the pathway, we should be men enough to address it. I took that sincerely. In setting up such a generous two-way street, we avoided the pitfalls that have plagued him with certain artists in the past.”
Rubin had the entire band work together in the studio, recording ideas as they came up with them. Gibbons said of Rubin’s approach: “Rick wanted us to work hard but he placed an emphasis on us being casual and having a good time. I found out that one of his high cards is patience: he was in no hurry to run the risk of having something half-baked.”