August 23, 2011 was their last release. Only been a little over 2 years now.
Not that different than most bands/albums is it?
it was like 3 1/2 years between whisper war
and symphony soldier
(i know that includes time spent because of issues with fueled by ramen, but it's still a fairly long time). if they're just finishing the new record now/early next year, i'd expect universal republic to actually release it sometime late summer/early fall 2013, putting them at a solid 3 years between releases. since they've been recording for 12 months and haven't played many (if any shows) this year, i think it's fair to say they're doing things a little differently from most bands in terms of what an album cycle looks like. not saying it's necessarily the worst thing, but they do space things out a bit.
mostly, i really just want new music from them.