Feelies Prep 1st Album in 2 Decades

 

Studio work comes on the heels of a
celebrated reunion plus recent reissues.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

The
Feelies have completed recording basic tracks for a new album at Water Music in
Hoboken. Sean
Kelly engineered and Bill Million and Glenn Mercer are producing. The album
will be released on Bar/None in Spring 2011. This will be the first new
Feelies’ album release since 1991’s “Time
For A Witness.”

 

The
classic Feelies lineup of Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Brenda
Sauter, and Stanley Demeski reunited at Battery Park in NYC on July 4th, 2008
opening for Sonic Youth, performing their first show since 1991.

 

Formed
in Haledon NJ in 1976, The Feelies released 4 albums-
including their critically acclaimed and influential debut “Crazy
Rhythms,” which was voted 49 in the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling
Stone
magazine and chosen by Spin Magazine as one of the best alternative
records of all time.

 

The
twin-guitar attack of songwriters and founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million is
the infectious sound of the group. Paired with driving drums and percussion, it
has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll.

 

According
to legend, the band played infrequently (usually on national holidays); however
The Feelies performed several American and European tours in support of their
records The Good Earth, Only Life,
and Time For A Witness, which created
a large cult following. The band also appeared on the The Late Show With David Letterman and in concerts with Lou Reed,
The Patti Smith Group, REM, and Bob Dylan. Their music has been featured in the
films Married to the Mob, Something Wild,
Prelude to a Kiss, The Truth About Charlie
, and The Squid & the Whale.

 

After
the band’s breakup, Mercer and Weckerman formed Wake Ooloo, who released 3 CDs.
Demeski played with Luna, and Sauter formed Wild Carnation. Mercer’s first solo
CD  was Wheels In Motion (2007), which included performances by five former
Feelies, and Wild Carnation’s recent Superbus (2006) topped several critics’ “years best” polls.

 

This
highly anticipated reunion brought The Feelies’ distinctive sound back to live
performance for long-time fans and a generation of fans who have only savored
the long out-of-print records and CDs. In March 2009, The Feelies performed by
invitation at the “Tribute to R.E.M.” concert at Carnegie Hall.

 

To
celebrate the 30 anniversary of the release of “Crazy Rhythms,” The Feelies performed their debut album at the
All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Monticello NY in 2009.  Crazy
Rhythms
and The Good Earth were
re-released by Bar/None Records that same month.

 

 

 

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