It took 19 years to come true, but Feelies fans finally have a new album just months away from falling into their hands.
After the band’s reunion show opening for Sonic Youth in 2008, an ever-increasing amount of live gigs (including a 2009 All Tomorrow’s Parties show where the band played seminal album Crazy Rhythms in its entirety) and the recent reissue of their first two albums, fans have been wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ for a new album, and contrary to the Dusty Springfield song, it worked. Yes, The Feelies have announced that this Spring they will be releasing their new album, Here Before, through Bar/None Records.
New material for the album was written throughout 2010, in the midst of band rehearsals, at founding member Glenn Mercer’s New Jersey home studio. That fall, after writing 13 new tunes, the band headed into Water Music studios in Hoboken and recorded the album with their classic (since 1984) lineup featuring Mercer, Bill Million, Brenda Sauter, Stanley Demeski, and Dave Weckerman. The album will see release on all available formats (CD, digital, and LP) and is sure to be in the employee picks section of old record shops the country over.