American alt rock mavericks The Feelies are to release their first album in 19 years.
The Feelies never really made much sense within their own time. Emerging when hardcore was in full bloom, the band’s subtle, under-stated songwriting passed more people by.
Yet a dedicated fanbase helped spread the word. R.E.M. cited the band as a formative influence, with The Feelies eventually gaining acceptance from the mainstream before splitting in 1992.
Releasing four albums together, The Feelies reformed in 2008 and launched a re-issue project. Packaging each album with a host of rarities, the band’s music seemed more in-key with current indie rock than their own era.
Now the group have confirmed details of their first new album in over a decade. Signed to Bar / None Records, the New Jersey mavericks are set to release break their silence with new album ‘Here Before’.
More than fifteen years on from their previous album, The Feelies don’t seem to have aged. Garage rocker ‘When You Know’ is matched by the arch lyricism of ‘Bluer Skies’ and the lush harmonies of ‘Later On’.
Recorded in the Water Music complex in Hoboken, The Feelies laid down material for ‘Here Before’ in their basement. Working in their spare time, the group eventually collected thirteen songs.
Working with the classic band line up, The Feelies hooked up with engineer Sean Kelly to complete the new album. ‘Here Before’ will be released later this Spring, with material available as a download, on CD and on vinyl with a digital download card.
Returning after a 19 year break, ‘Here Before’ is the latest instalment in a back catalogue fans had long since feared was over.
The Feelies are due to release ‘Here Before’ this Spring.