One-time Charleston band Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band announced on Facebook this week that they’re back in the studio for more. On a mission to complete the duo’s third album, a follow-up to 2013’s The Devil Herself, the hardcore-touring couple have been taking time between driving and playing gigs to record demos in their van.

“I’ve never worked this hard on anything in my life,” Megan Jean said in a recent Facebook post. “We did preproduction and writing on this album for three years. We did demos of every single part on every track, and I have given this body of work my whole soul and focus for the past six months. We’ve been possessed by this material. It’s been our all-consuming focus. I don’t watch TV anymore. I don’t listen to anything unless I’m trying to achieve a certain production quality. I can’t sleep, because the songs might have something else to say.”

Titled Tarantistas, the new collection is due out sometime in 2017, even if the duo has to sacrifice it all to make it happen.

“Here’s to going for broke, to the brink of madness,” Megan Jean says. “Here’s to letting the music consume you as everything around you seems to be on the verge of collapse. Here’s to knowing you ain’t got a shot and doing the goddamn thing anyway. In a way, it doesn’t matter what happens with this record, because it’s my life story and I got to tell it exactly how I wanted.”

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