The band began work on their fourth studio album, tentatively titled "Battle Born", in May 2011 at their Las Vegas studio. In a Q Magazine interview taken in June, Flowers stated that album would have "great stories told through real rock music", potential songs include a seven-minute epic titled "The Slot Tech", "Runaways" and "The Rising Tide." The band began recording the album in Nashville, Tennessee in October, with Brendan O'Brien. Both Vannucci and Flowers have stated that the album will feature a heavier use of guitars than their previous album Day & Age. Bassist Mark Stoermer has stated that the band is hoping for a Summer 2012 release. In an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, Flowers also confirmed that they had been recording with Steve Lilywhite and also mentioned a song titled "Battle Born" which he described as the "pillar of the album".