In January 2009, Placebo confirmed that they had finished working on the follow-up to 2006’s Meds and planned to release it in June 2009. The full track list was announced on the band’s website in March 2009. The album, Battle for the Sun, is the first to feature new drummer Steve Forrest. It was released on 8 June 2009 through the PIAS Entertainment Group. The album was recorded at Metalworks Studios, in Mississauga, Canada with producer David Bottrill and Metalworks’ own Kevin Dietz as assistant engineer.