Warner Music Mexico just announced that Maná will be releasing their new studio album Drama Y Luz on April 12. The iconic Mexican rock band hasn’t released a new album in five years, since Amar Es Combatir, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and managed to move over a million copies in a depressed musical climate. The album was followed up by a two-year run of sold-out concerts around the world, making it the band’s longest and most successful tour, which is probably why the pressure is on with this one. But don’t expect the band to rush anything out the door. The highly anticipated record was actually due to the label in the last quarter of 2010, but got pushed back. The reason, quite simply, is that “it wasn’t fully cooked; it’s like having a pastel in the oven and wanting to take it out before it’s ready,” as the band puts it.
The guys—Fher, Alex, Sergio, and Juan, who have been together for over 20 years —recorded the new album between Puerto Vallarta and Henson Recording studios in Los Angeles, where the likes of U2, Frank Sinatra, and the Rolling Stones have previously (and fully) cooked their own masterpieces.
The band says it will be announcing its first single soon. Fans can keep track of the pastel’s progress on the band’s social media sites and via their official site.