No Doubt‘s long-delayed, heavily anticipated follow-up to 2001′s Rock Steady finally has a release date — September 25, 2012. The band put together a video to announce the big news, and barely got through the minute-long clip without cracking themselves up. We missed these guys!
“We’ll be posting a lot of updates between now and September as we shoot the video and start rehearsing to perform the new songs live for all of you,” the band wrote on their official site. “We’ll send plenty of photos and webisodes as we go so you’re there with us.” The album, their first in nearly 11 years, was initially expected to drop in 2011, but was pushed back due to the band wanting to take their time. “This collection of songs means everything to us and our only priority right now is to make sure that it’s the best album we can possibly make,” Gwen Stefani & Co. said last September.
The SoCal band has been working on the album since 2010, and have recorded a collaboration with Major Lazer‘s Diplo and Switch. Tracks on the LP include “One More Summer”, described as a “beat-driven electro-pop track with a soaring chorus”, and “Dreaming The Same Dream”, which Stefani referred to as “a prom song”. September is a little late for a prom song, but at this point, it’s better late than never.